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Behold Bixi Beer, Where Nerds Reign High Above Logan Square

After three years, this ambitious brewpub with roof deck is here

The turtle god’s reign is almost here.
| Barry Brecheisen
Ashok Selvam is the editor of Eater Chicago and a native Chicagoan armed with more than two decades of award-winning journalism. Now covering the world of restaurants and food, his nut graphs are super nutty.

The turtle god’s reign has almost arrived in Logan Square, as after three years of planning and determination, Bixi Beer could open as early as Monday; they are waiting on a city approval and management is reluctant to commit to a date. This creative Asian-inspired brewpub is from Bo Fowler, the chef and owner of Owen & Engine and Fat Wily’s Rib Shack. Her third restaurant is an ambitious space that brews beer using Asian ingredients and serves food inspired by Fowler’s childhood in South Korea.

SPACE Architects + Planners worked on the restaurant which has room for 200 over two levels and a roof deck that faces out to Milwaukee Avenue. Fowler and friends handled the design themselves. Her brother, a glassblower in Ohio, made the glass light fixtures that hang overhead. Won Kim, the chef behind Kimski, is also an artist who created a mural for the staircase. Fowler gave him direction and Kim painted a tree with dark silhouettes with greenery. It’s got a creepy feel on par with Stranger Things and some of the nerdy sci-fi TV and movies Fowler watches. The tree lacks greenery on its branches for a dramatic effect.

Fowler also called on DC Comics comic book artist Eduardo Risso to craft a mural behind the bar. Risso created the mural from his native Brazil, and it was recreated in Chicago. Fowler is friends with Risso’s collaborator, Brian Azzarello. Azzarello is a loyal customer at O&E and will eventually write back stories behind Bixi’s beer. Look for beer with jasmine tea, sorachi hops, and lemongrass. More beer coverage will come next week.

Take a tour through the space below. Bixi, named for the Chinese turtle god, is almost here. After three years, everyone can muster a little bit more patience.

A dining room with four-top tables and a long bar with a mural of a cityscape on the wall
The first-floor dining room greets diners.
The design was handled in house.
A dimly lit bar with a black and white mural.
The view from the bar.
The bar is wide enough to enjoy a meal.
Comic book artist Eduardo Risso designed this mural.
The mural depicts the turtle god hanging out on Lake Michigan.
The brewery equipment peeks out from the back.
The four booths are ideal for groups.
The stairs on the left lead to the second floor.
Won Kim, the chef behind Kimski, painted this mural with lights made by Bo Fowler’s brother.
A long white bar flanked by a row of tall white chairs
The second-floor bar is brightly lit thanks to the skylights.
A living wall on the second floor.
Step onto the patio where visitors can see the Willis Tower if they stretch their necks.
A rooftop patio dining space with a black-and-white checkerboard floor
A longview of the outdoor space.
The lounge area.
Comfy chairs.
Family portraits.

BiXi Beer

2515 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 904-7368 Visit Website
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