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Taps: 20 / Bottles: 18
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 2 | Reviews: 2
3.99/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $
Skylark is a nice place to hang out on the south side. The neighborhood is old industrial Pilsen, just recently starting to show some signs of gentrification (for better or worse). A scattering of nicer restaurants and bars are starting to pop up in the area.
Skylark has plenty of character. One large room with the bar along one side and tables and booths filling in the rest. Quirky decorations, and a decent mixture of older locals and younger hipster types. It's crowded on weekends, but always easy to get a table relatively quickly.
The tap list is usually pretty good. Nothing too interesting at any given time, but from time to time they have more limited offerings. Zombie Dust is usually on tap. Prices are great (the benefits of being on the south side).
The food isn't high brow, but the burgers and tater tots are delicious. The servers generally seem like they'd rather be somewhere else, but they're nice enough.
03-14-2013 17:44:13 | More by Etan
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $
Man, it's weird. When Skylark opened ten years ago, Pilsen was at the forefront of artist/bohemian annexation, and it was the only establishment of it's kind for miles around. Fast forward to today, there's a trendy tequila bar with a flashing LED sign and Nightwood on the same block. The "Pilsen Art District" is on it's 6-7th wave now, and half the storefronts are still vacant nowadays. The zeitgeist has largely moved on... though the ghosts of the past still linger on these corners that I remember fondly. Weekly wiffleball games at Gallery Hamburger, the hidden gardens, and belt sander races at the Whale (rip).
In ten years, things have largely remained the same at the Skylark. It's still a dim cave with concrete floors, vintage freemason banners framed high above the bar, and plenty of eclectic thrift store reject wall art. A jackalope presides over the dining area in the back, and there's also an old jukebox with solid tunes. The beer selection has improved over time, always the usual staples from FFF, Great Lakes, Founders, Half Acre. New this time were Oskar Blues Old Chub & Dales, and Deschutes Mirror Pond that had already blown. Once I was DD and had about 6 n/a Warsteiners and the last few were on the house. Nothing too fancy here, but occasionally you might luck out and get a draft of Zombie Dust.
The food here is largely comfort fare, tater tots with everything, served in a basket. Several vegetarian options. They do nightly specials that are written on a board back by the kitchen. Service is ok, usually great at the bar, but can be slow at the booths/tables if its busy. Generally its always a relaxed, mature vibe here. Be advised its cash only (atm on site) and they'll card you even if you're 40.
Fun fact: This building was built in 1910 as a tied house for Birk Bros. Brewery, a north side brewery that opened in 1886, and closed in 1950.
02-03-2013 04:39:54 | More by emerge077
Skylark in Chicago, IL
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.