The Map Room

The Map RoomThe Map Room
BA SCORE
4.46/5
344 Ratings
The Map RoomThe Map Room
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar

1949 N Hoyne Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-4560
United States

(773) 252-7636 | map
maproom.com

Notes:
Hours:
Monday - Friday: 6:30 am - 2:00 am
Saturday: 7:30 am - 3:00 am
Sunday: 11:00 am - 2:00 am
No alcohol served before 11:00am.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Added by jackndan

PLACE STATS
Reviews:
222
Ratings:
344
pDev:
9.42%
 
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Reviews by Yetiman420:
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4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My wife and I visited around midnight on a crowded April Friday the 13th. Our hotel was closer to downtown and we took the blue line "L" train to the Western stop and walked about 10 minutes. I contacted them via email a couple days prior and they set me up with the public transit info - a plus for service prior to the visit.

We had to wait outside a couple of minutes because they were at capacity. This is good because it's a long, narrow room and not incredibly large considering pool tables occupy one end. Once we were in, we lucked out and got two seats at the bar. As others have posted, they have about as good of a beer selection you'll find anywhere. We went local with a belgium spring beer from Three Floyds, Cane & Abel from Two Brothers and far away with LaChoufe IPA.

While they do have tables, I believe all beers are ordered through the bar (no servers). They had four bartends doing an excellent job keeping the drinks flowing. Our bartended even took the time to ask us how our beers were and if we had any questions.

A couple of items I think would have improved the experience
- I come from a clean air state (Ohio) and it's difficult for me to enjoy good beer and food in a smoke polluted room. I realize this is an Illinois law and I may be in the minority, but it bugs me and I'm on my soapbox about clean air. In the Map Room's favor, they had four very powerful smoke eaters - so powerful they were blowing too much "clean" air on my wife and we had to switch.

- The Cane & Able I ordered was advertised as being on the beer engine. They served it from the normal tap and when I commented, they said the beer engine was out and asked if I still wanted it. A bit picky, but they could have wiped it off the board if it was gone.

- All large inventory beer bars could benefit from listing their beers by style or include a brief description about the beer. I'm working my way into Belgium beers and The Map Room had a ton. Simply listed them out alphabetically by brewery does little to help with beer navigation/exploration.

Yes, these are picky points but I had to find something for my review. As you see by my scores, this is a great establishment in a city with more than it's share of macro domestic drinkers. Keep up the great work!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.28/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of brights
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of CLEtoCINtoCHI
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

Love this place. Outstanding selection - with a heavy bias for high-octane brew and belgians. Great vibe. Appealing as both a place to relax with a brew or get some work done on a Friday afternoon as it is a place to spend an entire evening exploring delicious brews.

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Photo of mig100
3.93/5  rDev -11.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Photo of cryptichead
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Photo of AlanFollett
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My favorite Chicago multi-tap, and a place I make it a point to visit several times on every Chicago visit. Great draft and bottle selection, with new items almost daily. Nice, beer-savvy people on both sides of the bar.

Oh, and they now do take credit cards.

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Photo of fermentedbarley
3.84/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of psoriasaurus
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of Gambyt20
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This is my neighborhood bar... a mere two blocks away from my home of the last 15 years.
The Map Room is widely known and loved by most. It was a pioneer in brining Chicagoans a wide variety of craft beers.

I started going in 2003 after returning from England and finding out that The Map Room had an engine that poured English beers from a cask.

My only suggestion is that they should serve flights.

Visit The Map Room when you are in Chicago ... But, know that there is much more in what many here believe is becoming the center of the third generation of craft brewers.

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Photo of kfmeke
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

Photo of Stezz420
4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Hopfarts
4.86/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Photo of IceAce
5/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

My go-to, very first stop when visiting Chicago. Possibly tied with Belmont Station in Portland as my favorite place in the US to bend my elbow. Fantastic beer selection, well-educated staff and, well...it is truly a Map Room!

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Photo of bylerteck
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Eman17
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of Mgm54
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Gorf_Minor
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Photo of pbgnar
4.36/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Map room consistently has a solid tap list and more than a few interesting bottles. Only issue is that they seem to run out of what you are looking for quite often. Not to worry! A quick chat with the bartender will result in you finding a new beer or even brewery that is just as good, or better, than the one you were originally seeking.

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Photo of jschott75
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of wapcap
3.83/5  rDev -14.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

This is a good craft brew place to visit. Seemed to be set up like a coffee shop, but with craft beer. Meaning, ample space to set up your labtop and get some work done, while enjoying local brews. The service was fine, but slow, but that was mostly due to another patron and a long winded story. Selection was fine, and they had several local options. But the selection didn't blow me away. The place came highly recommended, and while not quite living up to hype, I'd still recommend checking out.

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Photo of orangesol
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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The Map Room in Chicago, IL
Place rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 344 ratings
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