large interior with a busy lunch crowd, itís certainly a popular scene that a lot of tourists like to take in. this along with sports on the televisions above the bar had me prepared for the worst but I was genuinely surprised to find the beer quality was high across the board, and the pizza legitimately delicious.
Went in on a weekday afternoon and were the only patrons at the time. Although, others did arrive while we were there. Very open building near the L train line. Had 7 or 8 house brews plus a few bottled beers (Belgians). Food was pretty good and reasonably priced.
(Visited 04/2010): Piece is located on the northwest side of Chicago on West North Ave not too far off I-94. Metered parking is available in all directions, however the spots right in front of the place cannot be used until after 6pm.
Inside the wraparound bar can be found on the right side, with highboy tables and booths on the left. The paneled skylight ceiling is high and makes the space feel very open. There are chalkboards that list the available beers, and medals and awards won by Piece are displayed all over. There is a dark red and cream color scheme. One other note related to atmosphere: the menís room is laid out so that there is a clear view to the urinals from the main seating area if thatís your thing.
Piece has around 7 beers of their own beers on draught and another 9 or so guest taps. The house beers run from KŲlsch to the Dark íN Curvy Dunkelweizen to an IPA and IIPA. Some slightly more atypical styles like Altbier and BiŤre de Garde (Worryiní Ale) are available too. All in all the beers are above average to very good, especially the Wack Job Imperial IPA. The brews are available in a sampler too. Guest brews include Bellís, Three Floyds and the like.
Service on an early evening was good, and the place went from relatively empty to practically standing room only in the nearly two hours I was there as the after work crowd started showing up. The Blackhawks were on TV playing my hometown Blue Jackets which I think was part of the draw.
The pizza at Piece is very good. They have some menu pizzas but the recommendation to me was to start with red or white sauce and build my own which is what I did. My creation was delicious if I do say so myself.
Overall I really like this place. If this brewpub was on the ocean it would be neck and neck with Pizza Port as far as my favorite brewpub and pizza place. As it stands it is definitely a place I will try to hit on future trips to Chicago.
Visited on Friday 7/20/07. I had the Kolsch and the Dysfunction Ale. Also had a banana pepper and meatball pizza. I was there around 3 PM, so smallish crowd and good service. Enjoyed the pizza, enjoyed the beer, and enjoyed the overall experience. A very solid brew pub.
82 = ★★★Ĺ (Solid place, near the top of the list for locals and visitors)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
The place is medium sized, but wide open inside. Piece is located right in the middle of downtown and is easily accessible by the train. They had a great assortment of their own brews and guest drafts from Flossmoor, 3 Floyds, and a few other respectable brewers. I had a really great time here, but it may have been more due to the televised Bratwurst eating competition than anything else. I skimmed the menu to find that they offer clams, mashed potato, and goat cheese as pizza toppings. If I ever come here again, I will order a pizza with all three of those. This place, I think, is worth making a special trip. They seemed to have a better variety and/or better quality of beer than other brewpubs in downtown Chicago.
Went there for lunch on a weekday and the place was half full. The pizza was okay, frankly disappointing for the elogious reviews Iíd heard before. I was very, very impressed with the 3 beers Iíve tried though. I almost regret not taking a pint of everything. The strongest on the menu was 6%, but Iíve got a feeling they excel at ísessionableí brews and encourage drinkability. Besides, the palce is not very pretty, itís a huge room with interesting natural light from the ceiling trap, but Iím not a big fan of the young crowd that was already gathering there on a september weekday afternoon. Service was also expeditive and not very friendly.
Directly on North Ave with street parking. Clean brick and wood older building with half oval bar on right and tables in front and on the left. 9 of their taps with list on chalk boards and nine guest taps and a full liqour selection. íNo samples only pints, so you are one of themí as I was told by the BA bartender who appeared to have more interest in talking to staff. The beers I had were good drinkable brews and took a growler with me. No longer wanted to ask for food. Interesting location, but to far to go to try two pints and take a growler.