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Created October 28, 2006
Last Updated January 31, 2009
  © The Chicago Bar Project
Written by Sean Parnell
Critical Acclaim for the Chicago Bar Project
  • "I'm an American guy living and working in Japan for many years now. Doing some random surfing one day I came across your review of Pagan O'Leary's in Granville, IL (my hometown). I then took a look at the rest of your Chicago Bar Project and just wanted to complement you and say keep up the good work! If you should ever find yourself in Kyoto drop me a line and I'll buy you pint! Sláinte!" – J.R.
  • "Wonderful website. I love the Lee Elia rant." – K.A.
  • "Love your site bud. Get to Chicago from Detroit (Summertime only) often, and this guide provides me ALL the entertainment I need. I have a lot of work to do to get through this list, but I think I am man enough..." – S.M.
  • "I just wanted to comment on what an incredible site you have here, easy to navigate through yet very comprehensive." – M.V.
  • "As a long time beer-drinker and soon-to-be Chicago resident, I have to say: awesome work! I'm actually going to be on Belden, around the corner from Halligan and Barleycorn's, and looking forward to checking them out in person." – C.T.
  • "My husband is the owner of Andy's Jazz Club. I just so happened upon your review on the internet. The website is very impressive and the pictures of our club are awesome. I want to thank you for the very positive review. There are days we still can't believe our club can be found on the internet." – D.C.
  • "In my pursuit of doing some research before my trip to Chicago with four old college buddies next weekend, I wanted to thank you for the most comprehensive coverage on bars and pubs in Chicago. Yeah, I went to metromix and citysearch, but neither had the insight or passion for their city as you do." – S.N.
  • "Been checking on your site over the last two years or so - was home sick for Chicago and it fits the bill perfectly." – D.R.
  • "Your site is freaking amazing. I reference it all the time." – V.M.
  • "It's a great website! I was happy to find one of our favorites on there -- the Duke of Perth -- as well as a new one we'd like to try -- the Irish Oak." – S.H.
  • "I REALLY love your entries on the late lamented German 'stubes' and restaurants." – L.K.D.
  • "[I] enjoyed your article on Schulien's... I never got to visit the tavern and yet my maiden name was Schulien... so I was glad to copy what you had kept! thank you..." – S.M.
  • "I just came across your site. Love what you're doing! Great work and a great contribution to the city!" – W.R.
  • "Great work on the Wrigley Field Review! I visited Chicago for the first time last summer, and had the good fortune to make it to two Cubs games (and a third on a later visit). I loved the city so much I'm actually moving there this May. My first game at Wrigley I sat in the left field bleachers, fell in with a pack of Bleacher Bums, joined a "Right field sucks!!" chant, and met Ronnie Woo-Woo. Priceless." – D.H.
  • "I loved the info on that bar with the turtle races on Friday nights!" – M.R. (ref. Big Joe's)
  • "I spent almost 9 years in Chicago but now live in Boston. I just spent the better part of an hour going through many of the bars I used to drink in. Needless to say, your site is now a 'favorites' and here's hoping you keep the site up and active. Thanks for the memories..." – D.O.
  • "I just wanted to take a minute to write and let you know that I think the chicagobarproject.com is a wonderful and informative site. I couldn't agree more with all of your bar reviews and assessments. Some of my friends hold a yearly pub crawl in which the itinerary are bars that you most likely would never step foot in otherwise." – B.S.
  • "In my search for a few new bikinis for work I came across your website. I've been bartending at Crabbby Kim's on and off for the last five years and I just wanted to thank you for your kind and thorough review of our bar." – P.C.
  • "I have never seen anything more pitiful in my life. Judging by the number of bars profiled on this site, it is sad to see someone rationalize their own alcoholism to this extent." – S.P.
  • "I have to commend you on an incredibly insightful look into the Chicago bar scene. I can't believe the time and 'research' it would have taken to compile all the info--I just hope your organs are still fully functional, and that maybe you got a thesis out of it. If not, you can still take respite in the fact that you have provided so many with the building blocks to construct a weekend (or lifetime) of what a good friend of mine calls 'a well-deserved liver-soaker.'" – J.S.
  • "S: You are a twisted genius. Thanks for the tips. We will definitely sample your suggestions. People leave their hearts in San Francisco; we hope to leave our livers in Chicago." – R.K.
  • "Parnell's Chicago Bar Project, created by 'drinkers with writing problems,' is one of the most entertaining do-it-yourself Web sites ever to offer a slice of Chicago."– New Homes Magazine
  • "Chicago Bar Project is a great reference material for the exploits over the years. Long story, but the New Year's Eve at Lakeview Links tale came in handy for settling a debate." – D.W.
  • "Love the site. Wife discovered it about a year ago when we were living in London, looking for stimulation on bars we could hold my 30th b-day party at over Christmas when we were home." – P.S.
  • "I just wanted to drop you a note thanking your parents for naming you so that your website might exist." – P.M.
  • "Your site was a godsend for my recent trip to Chicago. It was such help, that it inspired me to do a similar site for my home of Austin, Texas." – B.L.
  • "Just revisited your website. I never get tired of reading about the closed down bars like Bamboo Bernie's, Lounge Ax, etc. Keep up the good work." – C.H.
  • "Thank you for all your hard work . . . and drinking, I know someone had to do it." – D.R.
  • "First off I'd like to say thank you for www.chibarproject.com - it's been pretty damn useful in getting a REAL review of what some bars are like before I get out to them, including pictures!" – N.Q.
  • "In doing some research for an upcoming holiday to Dublin, I came across your write-up on the Stags Head. It was a well written and very informative piece!" – O.J.D.
  • "What a great job and thanks for your hard work … we plan on coming out on St. Patrick's weekend and using some info here to pick our stops." – A.J.
  • "Awesome website. love to read about the different bars and visit them as well." – K.N.
  • "Thanks for all of your work, the Chicago Bar Project is a handy resource." – V.L.
  • "Nice site, being married with three kids I've been out of the bar scene for awhile... it was great to find your site and read about what's still out there and what's not. Now the kids are a little older my wife and I are looking for cool spots to hang out with friends (when we can get a babysitter). Your site will be very helpful - thanks." – J.L.
  • "Enjoy your site, thanks for the good info! Quick update for your list of Chicago Beer Gardens. Griffins Public House on Halsted has closed down permanently - I lost my lease. Alas, the dog friendly beer garden is gone. Perhaps I'll find another venue to list on your site in the future." – J.A.
  • "I stumbled onto your site. The whole gone but not forgotten section had me all sentimental and sad. Keep up the good work." – C.H.
  • "I love your website. It is my consulting tool when deciding to go on the weekend, as I have a diverse group of friends and there must be a happy medium between the horrible Lincoln Park Bars and places where roaches outnumber breathing humans." – Sarah
  • "Killer website. Fun to read and informative. I'm a writer myself and you've got some good scribe chops." – R.
  • "I always use your chicagobarproject.com site as a reference when I'm looking for new places to go... It gives a great outside opinion from other sites like Metromix/Chicago Citysearch." – N.Q.
  • "The bar project is fantastic. Great, great pages." – D.F.
  • "Just wanted to say... GREAT website. You are doing an excellent job." – B.B.
  • "I just wanted to let you know that I love your Chicago bar site. I have a friend who lived in Ravenswood and I got to visit your great city several times. the Hopleaf was a definite favorite as was the one down the street with the fish sign... Simon's." – M.W.
  • "Listen, that's a great piece on the International Bar. Well done on the site and thanks for giving the 1916 walking tour a plug." – L.C.
  • "Just wanted to say great work with the website! I'm moving to Chicago in October and I've found it a funny and useful resource. It will definitely take me a while to get through all the great information..." – M.W.
  • "I really enjoy the Chicago Bar Project, and I think you're doing a great job." Girl Moxie
  • "Dude- your website just filled my dull afternoon at work with joy! Well, not joy, but longing to go out and drink." – A.T.
  • "I just wanted to drop you a note thanking your parents for naming you so that your website might exist." – P.M.
  • "Your site was a godsend for my recent trip to Chicago. It was such help, that it inspired me to do a similar site for my home of Austin, Texas." – B.L.
  • "Love the site and the content – you kick ass on the rest of the world." – T.L.
  • "Thanks for a great review and web page. I actually use your page to refer people to, great pics, a detailed and fair review."– J.D.
  • "First off I'd like to say thank you for www.chibarproject.com - it's been pretty damn useful in getting a REAL review of what some bars are like before I get out to them, including pictures!" – N.Q.
  • "I have never seen anything more pitiful in my life. Judging by the number of bars profiled on this site, it is sad to see someone rationalize their own alcoholism to this extent." – S.P.
  • "I am proud to have participated in the establishment of the Chicago Bar project. Although my liver isn't!"– M.N.
  • "I have found your site to be the most comprehensive and insightful of any that I have come across in relation to your in-depth coverage of the Chicago bar scene. Keep up the good work and cheers to you!" – P.M.
  • "I absolutely loved your website... Your site made me cry a few times, reminiscing of the bar hopping days of yore. I miss Chicago way too much. Thanks for letting me see the great places and jazz clubs that used to be my home."– M.
  • "The Bar Project is outstanding" A of C.F.O.
  • "your site rocks and is (justifiably) famous" – C.B.
  • "Great site man -- I will rely on some of your tips when next in Chicago. And to think, I have the same name as a baseballer, an artist, a senator and a bar reviewer! That's good company to be in. Now if only I could get a job as a journalist who reviews pubs..." – another Sean Parnell
  • "I just wanted to let you know how much I love your Chicago Bar Project. I refer to it on a regular basis and I am very happy that a person I work with turned me on to it. Keep up the good work!" – J.D.
  • "I enjoyed several visits to The Greatest Bar On Earth as well as Windows On The World. Your article is a wonderful tribute, thank you for it." – hea265
  • "Your page kicks ass! That thing your wrote about the Innertown made me feel like I was there. Good times." – J.H.
  • "Read your review of Hangge Uppe's and loved it" – J.K.
  • "I have to say that you have a certified 'KICK ASS' bar directory posted here. Nice Job!" – P.H.
  • "Great job on this site. I work for the Clean Plate Club, which as you know, owns Pete Miller's etc. I would have to say you know more about our restaurants than many of our employees." – S.A.
  • "Dude- your website just filled my dull afternoon at work with joy! Well, not joy, but longing to go out and drink." – A.T.
  • "I just discovered your website and The Bar Project (via Hash House Harriers newsletter and thetapchicago.com). What a wonderful resource this is. Love for the subject just oozes through." – T.B.
  • "I just stumbled across the Chicago Bar Project and am very impressed. I am a devotee of the neighborhood bar and a lifelong resident of Chicago, so to see a place like oft-forgotten Metro Club written about with such verve is fantastic." – M.M.
  • "I am very impressed with the comprehensiveness of www.chibarproject.com. I was referred to the website by a good friend who I believe pulled it off of a LP Trixie chat board." – R.I.
  • "Thank you so much for the list of Stella. Will come in handy." – J.W.
  • "Dig the website..." – K.W.
  • "Well done....I'm going to drink right now!!! – S.N.
  • "I don't know how I stumbled upon it, but I'm bookmarking it." – D.M.
  • "The Bar Project is cutting me up... Keep it up, I'm liking it."– T.
  • "You have a great site here and I am honored to have my thoughts shared on it." – M.T.
  • "Very impressive..." – K.N.
  • "Thanks for your great site." – N.R.
  • "I really like the 'Chicago Bar Project' section of your Web site – pretty accurate and very thorough! Excellent!" – P.T.
  • "A truly impressive labor of love." – S.R.
  • "Thanks for writing nice things about Hopleaf. I think your descriptions are fair and mostly accurate." – L.M.
  • "Love yer webby-site, man, 'specially the bar project." – C.T.
  • "I've seen your Chicago Bar Project and love it. The writing is good and the research is impressive. Just wanted to let you know I appreciate it." – M.R.
  • "Thanks to your site, I have an extensive list of bars/pubs/gardens I must visit during my trip to Chicago next week." – T.A.
  • "I love your site -- I found out about Cullen's through yours and now Chief O'Neill's." – P.P.
  • "I wanted to commend you on doing such a terrific job with your reviews. I just found out about your site and it is amazing. I will definitely refer to it in the future!" – J.
  • "Your site was very helpful, especially the Green Mill information." – R.
  • "This is a great site... I came across it on Google. My friends from Cleveland (my hometown) have always wanted to do a site similar to this (www.clevelandbarguide.com) but never got around to it." – B.K.
  • "By the way, the webpage narrative on 'O'Malley's West' was exactly as we experienced it... Great time!" – D.W.
  • "I love your site, it is always a great pick-me-up." – M.L.
  • "Thank you, I love the site." – J.B.
  • "Your site is the rave here at work, just passed it onto some new folks." – T.W.

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