The Map Room has been a Chicago institution since 1992. This quintessential neighborhood bar was opened by Mark and Laura Blasingame as a “traveler’s tavern” and reflects their passion for traveling. Wooden bookcases full of National Geographic magazines, travel books, and atlases line the walls. Tables and walls alike are plastered with huge maps. Flags hang from the ceiling. Oh, and they take their beer very seriously.
TMR offers over 200 different beers from all across the globe. They have twenty-six beers on tap, always one cask-conditioned hand pumped ale, and a multitude of bottled beers. A total of thirty-six different brewing styles are represented and the appropriate glass is used for every style. TMR’s draft system is state-of-the-art and the staff is trained on how to use and maintain it. Their beer menu is constantly changing so if you plan on visiting hoping to imbibe something you saw listed, be sure to call ahead.
But the Map Room isn’t just a world-class beer bar that serves up the finest suds… they teach eager patrons about it as well at their very own Beer School. Each month Greg Browne the brewmaster at Mickey Finn’s Brewery teaches class on the finer points of beer and its appreciation. Students get to taste several different beers and learn how the ingredients and brewing process forms the aromas and flavors. The cost is $25 per person and each class is limited to 45 people. Tickets go on sale (cash only) on a first come first serve basis at 7:00 PM the Monday before each class.
So the next time you’re traveling… stop into the Map Room and grab yourself a pint. You might even learn a thing or two.\
Submitted by: Eli - The Mad Beer Man