Grab your 12-sided dice, geeks of Chicago. Soon you'll have a place to converge and embrace all your geekdom, from Dungeons & Dragons to craft beer.
After locations fell through for his proposed Geek Bar, owner David Zoltan has finally found one—1960 N Clybourn in Lincoln Park, the former home of Caliente and Lalo's. Zoltan, whose name is conveniently reminiscent of the Zoltar machine from Big, is hoping to open his "geeky gastropub" in the spring.
When open, expect two floors and 10,000 square-feet of geek culture. Chef Tom Kern (BadHappy Poutine Shop) will head up the food program, which Zoltan says will focus on foods that patrons can "eat with one hand and roll dice with the other." For drinks, look for cocktails and "whatever beers the beer geeks are drinking." Perhaps the Game of Thrones black stout?
He plans to host gaming parties, movie nights, TV screenings, and talks and signings for the geek community, sometimes with multiple events at the same time. Both floors will have bars.
Zoltan, a former gaming store owner from Detroit, has palpable excitement about finally providing a "geek's own place" to the "huge geek community" in Chicago. "Other places (in Chicago) are more 80's throwbacks than pure nerd culture," he says.
Look for plenty of pure nerd culture to converge on Clybourn in the spring.
· Geek Bar [Official Site]