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Chicago Street Pub

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Taps: 21 / Bottles: 17
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
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9 Ratings
Ratings: 9
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 5.16%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

75 N Chicago St
Joliet, Illinois, 60432-4314
United States
phone: (815) 727-7171

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @chi_street

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(Place added by: spointon on 08-02-2008)
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$

Visited on 2011-06-29/30.

What a great place. I was working late so I called ahead to see if they'd be open after midnight and if Three Floyds Alpha King APA was on tap. The answer to both questions was yes so for the first time in my life, I ventured into downtown Joliet, IL.

What a convivial atmosphere! I enjoyed my two beers while chatting with the bartender. I thought I'd split but then met the owners Mike and his wife and friends and had a jolly-good time chatting, playing games and getting to know each other, which is an unexpected and sublime experience for someone that travels as frequently as me. Blame it on a simple twist of fate.

06-30-2011 09:04:21 | More by Tucquan
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DMJohnston

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$

With a huge selection of beers(20 or so handles, many bottles & cans), original live music and a menu that would please just about everyone, Chi. St. Pub is one of my favorite pubs. They run weekly specials on food and select beers. Check it out. You won't be disappointed.

01-25-2014 03:15:14 | More by DMJohnston
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racingkenny14

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

We were staying at Harrah's. There is not many places with in walking distance of the hotel. Been here twice, once in 2008 and again in 2013. Don't remember much about the 2008 visit. All I remember was coming from the train station from Chicago, and looking for a place to have a beer. the 2013 visit, Good selection of beer both on tap and bottles. The bartender was very knowable and friendly. Food was good. Prices were reasonable.

07-18-2013 01:24:39 | More by racingkenny14
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JoeAC

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

If you're reading this, you're likely from the Joliet area. If you're in the Joliet area and looking for good craft beer, go to Chicago Street. The tap list--while small--is consistently surprising and good (and growing). That said, if you're not a Three Floyds fan (which I am), you might be disappointed (many nights, the tap list leans heavily FFF; a week ago they were tapping both Ham on Rye and Region Riot, not my favorite FFF brews, but definitely an interesting pair).

There are plenty of industrial, macro brews on tap and in bottles, but just tonight I had a Brian Boru followed by a Green Flash Hop Head Red (followed by another Boru). Try to find that pairing anywhere else in Joliet. Chicago Street also runs great beer specials ($3 pints on Thursdays and discounted deals throughout the week).

I discovered the pub during an ABSOLUTELY DISMAL "craft beer in Joliet" event (that turned out to be anything but), and I've been back many, many times. The open-mike nights can get a bit distractingly-loud (it's a small room), but (again on Thursdays) the free tater tots and dollar tacos make up for it. Worth a drive from out of town? Maybe not. A hidden gem in Joliet? Absolutely!

03-21-2012 00:15:01 | More by JoeAC
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AleWatcher

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$

I was at the Rialto Theatre for a wedding (that place is beautiful by the way!) and during the after-dinner lull in which the bar was closed I managed to convince a few buddies to run across the street and grab a beer from The Chicago Street Pub.

The selection was suprisingly decent- lots of Three Floyds beers on tap, which is always a nice thing to find! I had two beers: an Alpha King and a Robert the Bruce. The prices were reasonable, about $5 for a pint (might have been less, but almost certainly not more!). My only complaint is that the beer was served a little too cold. After letting it warm up, it wa fine.

We didn't get any food as we had just eaten at the wedding, but I'll try something next time.

The bar seemed nice enough-- a small out of the way pub that serves good beer. Nothing too special in terms of the atmosphere or anything else really-- just a decent spot to grab a good beer in an area totally devoid of good beer.

Next time in downtown Joliet, I'll be stopping by this place again.

09-05-2011 13:39:39 | More by AleWatcher
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shepards71

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$

Ok, so I went to a bar down the road in Romeoville, because I thought I would try something new. Well, I came right back to Chicago Street and was pleased as usual. This place keeps Three Floyds on tap all the time and are happy to serve them to me. The owner Mike is a great guy and will always talk to you about beer. The food specials are outstanding!!! (tacos are to die for and the wings kick ass). In an area deprived of beer bars this place ranks up there with the best of them. Now, they don't have one offs, but they have great beer and great food at a very reasonable price.

07-26-2011 23:54:33 | More by shepards71
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RLaurel

California

4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $

This was a very pleasant stop on my return trip from Philadelphia Beer week to San Francisco. The selection of beers was wide & varied. Since I was traveling & down for the night, I breezed in for a couple of nightcaps before bedding down. Megan, the queen of bar maids in my mind, queried about my preferences in beer before she recommended a beverage for my thirst. A tremendous service to me!

I started with a west coast style IPA to quench my thirst. This did the job very well for it tasted well in the mouth, washed down smooth & left no harsh soapy hop taste.

I ordered the chicken wings at a special offered price, cooked a little extra long & sauce on the side so I could dip as I cared. The chicken wings arrived as I ordered & were very tasty. I had to restrain from making a second order! The Mai bock offered was a very tasty selection to go with meal.

I finished my evening with the stout. This was a tasty brew which put the perfect finish on the evening.

The crowd there is an extraordinarily pleasant one. I wanted to find out more about them & they were curious about me & Philadelphia Beer Week. I may never see them again, but I take pride in meeting & making friends with my fellow countrymen who enjoy good brews & camaraderie that makes this nation a great one.

For the traveler: be advised - this establishment does not have an Illinois license to distribute alcoholic beverage & WILL NOT fill, refill or sell growlers as if the time of this review. Doing so, is deemed "repackaging" which violates Illinois law if the brew is not produced on the premises where the growler is filled. (Thanks to Matt, Emerge077 for that fact.)

06-24-2010 20:44:42 | More by RLaurel
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sierranevadabill

California

4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $

My parents live minutes from this bar, so on recent visits back to Chicagoland, this has become my local. Chicago Street is the only bar in Joliet with anything resembling a decent selection.

I'll be honest... My score is inflated, but I have to say that I've given the bar a better grade due to circumstantial evidence. They are trying...hard...to be a good beer bar and I give them an A+ for effort.

In four succesive nights I sampled most of their taps, for novelty more than quality.
3 Floyds Pride and Joy
3 Floyds Alpha King
Goose Island 312
Steinlager
Hoegaarden
Guinness
Smithwicks
Harp
Boddington's
Dundee Christmas Beer
Shiner Bock
A few Macros...

On past visits they've had Dogfish 60 min., Robert the Bruce and G.I. Matilda.

It has the best atmosphere in Joliet by far, and a decent jukebox as well. the bartenders are cool and not shy about a free round every now and again...

a brief word about Joliet Bars. Over the course of my decade or so of legal drinking in Illinois, I have visited just about every bar in Joliet.

Beer, if considered a priority at all, is more about quantity than quality.
Chicago Street is doing what they can to change the perception of good beer in a place where the macros will always be king. There are posters advocating beer styles and supposedly beer dinners in the works sometime in the future.
Decent beer, good food, friendly joint.

Is Chicago Street as good as say...The Maproom, or Hopleaf in Chicago? No. But for who their customer base is and where they are located they are doing a damn fine job and are true beer advocates.

if you find yourself in Joliet with a thirst for good beer, Chicago Street fits the bill nicely. Pop on a Pogues record from the juke, order a pint and argue about which of the portraits on the wall is George Bernard Shaw.

Cheers Chicago Street! I will see you next time around.

01-13-2009 00:50:34 | More by sierranevadabill
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spointon

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

This place is about 10 minutes from my house, and one of the few good beer bars in the area, and it is the only good one in Joliet (IL). Though the owners are going for an Irish bar feel, its really just a good solid bar with better than average beer and some Irish-y food items on the menu. This place is in a very old downtown building, so the decor is painted tin ceilings and exposed brick walls. There is a small outdoor seating area in front of the building (under a canopy).

As for the beers, they have 10-12 taps, most of which are quality. They regularly have 1 or 2 Goose Island beers on, occasionally a Dogfish Head 60 minute, at least 2 from Three Floyds, and an assortment of Irish and British stuff (Guinness, Bass, Boddingtons, Harp, Smithwicks). Last time I was in, they also had Stell Artois and a German lager (can't remember which).

There are nightly drink specials, and several nights of the week these feature the better beers.

On Tuesdays, they have 25 cent wings which are INCREDIBLE. Great flavors (homemade sauces) and the wings are huge. They also have decent dinner fare as well.

Oh, and many nights per week they have live music, mostly of the acoustic/folk/Irish type, but sometimes other stuff too.

Its a great place in a city that has no other great places. If you find yourself in Joliet, its a destination for sure!

08-03-2008 05:17:00 | More by spointon
Chicago Street Pub in Joliet, IL
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