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Prowl Through HopCat, Lincoln Park’s New Craft Beer Cave

The Michigan import opens on Saturday

HopCat opens on Saturday in Lincoln Park.
Nick Fochtman
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This Saturday morning is about more than cartoons in Lincoln Park, as that’s when Chicago’s beer nerds can finally sip pints at HopCat, 2577 N. Clark St. The Michigan chain has expanded outside of the Mitten with locations in Madison, Wis. and Indianapolis, but this its first in Chicago, home of thousands of ex-Michiganders.

They’ll have about 130 beers at Clark and Wrightwood, with 300 seats inside. Quentin Tarantino fans should take notes, as the bar was supposedly modeled after a restaurant used in the movie director’s 1997 film, “Jackie Brown.” The Cuckatoo Inn in Los Angeles has since been demolished, but take a look and see if there’s any resemblance.

This HopCat has the largest beer list of the chain’s 10 locations. But being a Michigan spot, there’s plenty of references to the state. That ranges from a painting of B.B. King to punk rock with a painting of Stooges’ frontman Iggy Pop.

Take a look at the photos below.

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