Old Chicago

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Old ChicagoOld Chicago

Type: Bar, Eatery

2329 Iowa St
Lawrence, Kansas, 66046-3939
United States

(785) 841-4124

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by amatuerbeerguy:
Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Entering the establishment is nice, even on game day. Nice selection of beers, well those available in Kansas. Freshness is excellent, had Boulder Hazed and Infused dry hopped excellent, and 1554 black lager New Belgium also fresh. The food is excellent for games and sporting events, if you are looking for a family restaurant this is not the place but if a beer and some excellent food is the menu this is. Sport cast television makes this not a family place unless you are a sport nut family. Beer selection is decent for the area, excellent for Kansas, but if you are in the area go to Free State which is one major street over and several north. but definite a place to go if in for the game. cheers

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Photo of JeepCop
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

The only Old Chicago in Lawrence is no longer in business here. I got an email the other day that said they were going to be closing their doors. Apparently they transferred all of the Hall of Foam nameplates to the Overland Park restaurant (I believe). I guess the bad economy claimed yet another victim. It was nice having an establishment that had more than your everyday, run of the mill, brews to choose from. Guess now I'll have to go to O.P. if I want to see my name "Emblazoned" on that plaque.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Old Chicago in Lawrence seems to be fairly representative of the Old Chicago chain as a whole. The interior is fairly large. There haven't been too many times that I've seen the place full. The last time we were in there was Saturday afternoon/evening, and there was never a wait. The beer selection seemed to be about average for the chain. The Local Selection for the St. Patty's Mini-Tour was Boulevard Irish Ale. (No surprise there.) The Olathe store had Schlafly's Scotch Ale as their selection. The board behind the bar listing their beers on tap misspelled the word 'Belgian' for what it's worth. I was kind of surprised to see that brews from Free State and 23rd Street Breweries were on tap there since 23rd Street isn't more than 6 blocks away.

The food wasn't exciting. It never is, but that's not why I go. They've recently revamped their menu. One of the notable changes was they did away with the "King of Hearts" pizza (my girlfriend's favorite). They've also added some new menu selections as well, but the food has always been average so I'm not too excited about those.

The waitstaff is the normal college town fare. By sitting in the bar area, we were hoping to get someone with some beer knowledge, and we kind of did... Firstly, our waitress was a "woo" girl. She was very loud and animated, but she checked up on us fairly regularly so no complaints. The man at the table next to us asked for her recommendations on a smooth beer (his first was a Miller Lite). She recommended the Singletrack Copper Ale. I was surprised. Her reasoning, "It's not bitter at all." I agree with that. But, then she dropped the bomb, "There's a lot of hops in it." Ehh, not sure how much I agree with that.

All in all, it was a decent visit. There wasn't anything exciting, but the beer was served correctly (in the correct glass!) and the food was good. We will go back again. I still think if good food and good beer are requirements, 23rd Street and Free State are better options, but for Kansas, we'll take what we can get.

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Photo of Goliath
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I visited Old Chicago yesterday while I was visiting Lawrence. I saw it on BA and figured it was worth a shot. The atmosphere was pretty typical of a restaurant, and I sat in the dinning room. I don't know if the bar felt any different. But it was dinner time and there was an older crowd in which was refreshing for such a huge college town. We were promptly seated and waited on. A few times the waiter disappeared for a bit too long, but nothing too unusual. As far as the beer goes there was a pretty good list. I counted 24 beers on tap and 82 bottles. This might be a little off though, because I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that they're supposed to have 110 different beers. Most of the beers were unimpressive. All the BMC products were available as well as the big brewers from all over the world. There was however a small craft section of beer that included some Colorado Staples as well as some beers from both Missouri and Kansas. They even had a beer from the local brewpub, which is always cool to see support. The food was fine, just typical restaurant food. My girlfriend got a huge plate of nachos, and I got a chicken cordon bleu calzone. The beers and food were average cost, and the beer may actually be cheaper than many places ($3-4). They have a world beer tour which you can sign up for free. I decided to jump in as I'll be calling Lawrence my home for the next 5-6 years come August. You get free gifts at 10, 25, 40, 55, 70, 85, 100, and 110 beers and then again for multiple tours. Nothing spectacular, but I'll spend the money on beer anyway so why not get a t-shirt out of the deal? Worth a stop if you're hungry or can't find your way down to Free State.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev -14%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 1

This location is part of a strip mall and as such, they have a good bit of room from which to work. The entryway was kind of on a corner, but the interior was a familiar square shape, accessed through a short vestibule, followed by the maitre dÂ’ station, and the wooden bar a buttonhook left. A note of caution: my orientation for the rest of my description was at the bar, facing towards the entry. To my right was a game room with electronic darts, a pool table, and two video games. To the extreme right was the kitchen, which I will address separately. The washrooms were in the far right corner (again, bearing my orientation in mind). The rest of the place was a mix of high tables and chairs and booths in the bar area and restaurant tables and chairs further aft.

As to their beer selection: they had the standard set-up for this chain of a set of approximately thirty (30) taps accompanied by two (2) flanking coolers. Good news, Bditty187, the line-up at this location had a good number of different choices than what we had begun to experience in OMANE. I started with a Lost Coast Great White (draft), moved to a Boulder Pass Time, and finished with a Breckenridge IPA, none of which were available in OMANE.

I ate here, and it was a mistake. Here, I had the lasagna and it was disappointing, to say the least. It tasted like it had been frozen and thawed for my enjoyment. Bah. Other places in the chain where I had eaten at least tasted like they made an effort. Further, it did not even seem fresh and on the bus ride back into town, my stomach began to gurgle to the point that I had to make a mad dash for my motel room. Not pleasant.

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Photo of zurda
3.98/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Pretty much a generic Old Chicago. The beer selection is good but occasionally they don't have something that's on the beer menu, even on repeated visits, which is probably not their fault. They have many, many beers in bottles, and a good variety on tap as well. Tip: if you want a glass with your bottled beer, ask when you order. They almost never bring one automatically.

I enjoy the World Beer Tour. It's fun to "have to" try something new every time.

The service is pretty good. Some servers are better (more attentive, faster, etc.) than others, and some know more about beer than others. I've never had bad service.

Food is unremarkable. Not bad, but nothing too special. The artichoke dip is pretty good.

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Old Chicago in Lawrence, KS
3.72 out of 5 based on 6 ratings.
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