Bridgeport has fast become one of the hippest neighborhoods in Chicago, boasting a flourishing arts, restaurant and entertainment scene. It’s also one of the most diverse in Chicago.
Originally settled by working-class Irish-American’s arriving to build the Illinois and Michigan Canal, this neighborhood has turned out no less than five of Chicago’s mayors.
Pretty impressive for a little neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Even more impressive is one of it’s most famous locals (outside of all the Mayor’s of course), Ed Marszewski. He’s the co-founder of several businesses in the neighborhood, all worth listening or going to.
Marz Brewing Company – this is a small batch, artisanal brewery. They’re a mix of home and professional brewers, along with designers and artists making great beer for their community.
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar, has been operating in Bridgeport since 1986 as a classic slashie – half liquor store, half neighborhood tavern. It’s called Maria’s after Mrs. Marszewski, who handed it over to her sons, Ed and Mike, who now manage it.
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