HIF – Chicago day one

GreetingsChicagoThis week I’m up in Chicago doing some recon for the festival next year.  Flew in to Midway yesterday evening and after some confusion over a mix up around airports (my in-laws thought I was flying into O’Hare), my brother-in-law and I headed into town to grab a few beers and see if I could slip into the TJ and Dave show.

TJ and Dave was a bust – this week iO closes the doors at their long-time location on Clark in preparation for their move to 1501 N. Kingsbury in August.  As a result the show was oversold, and there was no chance for me to get a seat for TJ & Dave’s final performance.  My brother-in-law, Tom, and I drowned our sorrows with a few beers and brats at the Goose Island pub a couple doors down from the theater.  I started off with a nice Goose Island hefeweizen.  We sampled their Matilda and Sofie – both excellent and flavorful ambers, and I finished out the night with a darker brew aged in wine barrels – Gorman’s Biere De Garde.  Lots of woody flavors – lovely brew.

On the way back to the car we ran into a couple of Houston transplants – Jason Ronje and Colin David.  Both were on the wait list for the TJ & Dave show.  If they got in, I will kill them.

More from the windy city to come later this week!