WON CON! issue 1
@ Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W 31st St, Chicago, IL 60608
Opening Wednesday, April 3rd, from 5PM - 10PM
It’s a tiny Comic Convention hosted by Won Kim, at Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar!
SEE + PROCURE VISUAL DELIGHTS!
SOME OF THEM CUSTOM MADE FOR YOU ON-SITE!
OR JUST HANG AND GEEK OUT WITH US!
FINE ART + PRINTS!
GIVEAWAYS + PRIZES!
FEATURED EXHIBITORS IN THE “ARTIST ROW”
ERNEST J. RAMON
DONUTSLUT – SERVING UP COMIC THEMED DONUTS!!
MARIO TOKARZEWSKI + ERICK MACIAS – – DRAWING LIVE CHARACIATURES!
CHICAGO CREATIVE COLLABORATORS + CCCCOMICS
2 broke 2 buy art? No worries!!
We’ll have a charity raffle where you can win some swag from the exhibiting artists, with all proceeds benefiting http://www.skyart.org !
ABOUT THE HOSTS:
Located in Bridgeport, Kimski is a counter service Korean Polish street food joint helmed by Chef Won Kim.
What started as a back yard family tradition has now come to life with the creation of Kimski, located in the expansion facility of Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar.
When the Marszewski sons were kids their mother would often combine elements of their ethnic backgrounds and serve meals that featured both Korean and Polish cuisine. Years later the family would serve their signature KoPo BBQ on the back patio of the family bar and at special events and festivals. Since people enjoyed it so much they decided to open a new kitchen for Maria’s. After several Kimchi Tests, they asked their pal, Chef Won Kim, to make it happen.
The staff of Kimski are full of surprises as we are surrounded by amazing local urban farmers who bring us wonderful produce for us to pickle and play with. We source as local as possible and make everything from scratch within our means. We pride ourselves in being ethical and responsible with every ingredient we use.
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar has been operating in Bridgeport since 1986 as a classic slashie – half liquor store, half neighborhood tavern. It was formerly known as Kaplan’s Liquors in homage to the original owners who founded it in 1939. But everyone in the neighborhood calls it Maria’s, named after its owner, Mrs. Marszewski. In the summer of 2010 Maria handed over the reins of the business to her two sons, Ed and Mike, who have worked the counter and stick with her these past two decades. They reopened the bar and officially dubbed it Maria’s to honor their mother (who is known as the Peggy Guggenheim of Bridgeport and called ‘mom’ by many of the locals).
Maria’s is the only beer/liquor store in the neighborhood that focuses specifically on offering artisanal and craft beers and spirits for sale. And our offerings change weekly. We carry hundreds of craft beers in bottles, cans and on tap. The bar also features traditional and remixed classic cocktails as well as many liquors, spirits and beverages distilled and brewed locally and regionally.
Maria’s will always be a work in progress. We always rotate our wine program featuring small family vineyards from around the world. Our cocktail menu is updated to provide some advanced seasonal concoctions for distinguished palettes. We also have some of the best musical programming in the city. You will never see one of our DJs pander to the lowest common denominator. But most of all Maria’s is committed to our neighborhood and the communities it supports.
Chicago Creative Collaborators is a multi-disciplinary collaborative, providing opportunities for the isolated creative to connect and thrive! Contact us to find out how you can get involved in future events!
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