CHICAGO | Villains Black Market Craft opened in the Loop in 2007 and became a popular neighbourhood bar known for its great burgers and drinks. It closed in 2012, but was reborn just up the road in 2015 with a continued focus on great food, and an even greater focus on good beer. The space is open and somewhat rustic and makes good use of wood and metal.
Across 40 taps you’ll find an assortment of beers from craft breweries around the world. Beer is chosen to compliment the food menu and features rarities from breweries like Prairie, Mikkeller, Edge, De Molen and Amager. For non beer drinkers there are six cocktails on tap and there’s also wine and spirits.
Moving on to the food, the menu features seasonal American fare by head chef Dennis Stover – think Slagel Farms dry-aged smoked top sirloin with beets, cremini mushrooms, and cured rapini, and grilled milk-braised pork belly with charred asparagus, peas and honeycomb. There’s only one burger on the menu these days, but many consider it to be one of the best in Chicago. It features North County bacon, Hooks 4 year aged cheddar, B&B pickles, smoked red onion, and beef fat mayo.
Whether you’re up for a feed, or just looking for some beers you can’t find elsewhere in town, Villains is a venue well worth visiting.
Villains Black Market Craft
730 S Clark Street
Mon – Wed: 5:00pm to 10:00pm
Thu – Sat: 5:00pm to 1:00am
Sun: 10:00am to 2:00pm