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Orkenoy brewery is open off the 606 trail.
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Brewpub Debuts Off 606 Trail Inside Arts Center

Tour through Orkenoy in Humboldt Park

Orkenoy, Humboldt Park’s first brewery, is open inside the Kimball Arts Center off the 606 trail, featuring farmhouse-style beers, shareable plates, and smorrebrod (Scandanavian open-faced sandwiches), and “Neo-Nordic tiki” cocktails. The much-anticipated spot debuts after three years of planning by beer industry veterans and friends Jonny Ifergan and Ryan Sanders, who met while working at Lagunitas Brewing’s Douglas Park taproom. It also shares a space with LA-based Dayglow Coffee from Ifergan’s brother Tohm Ifergan.

The exterior of a brick building with a mural of blue, yellow, white, and teal blobs.
Orkenoy has been in the works for three years.
A basic cafe space with tables and chairs.
Staff are offering limited dine-in service.
A basic bar and cafe space with tables and chairs.
Plants soften the industrial-feeling space.

The Orkenoy team aims to imbue the brewery with the arts center’s creative spirit, describing it as a “creative gathering space” on its website. Staff are starting out with carryout via walkup window and limited dine-in service inside the 5,000 square-foot space. While the beers — all named for pets, like “Stupendous Gustav” (Catharina-style sour) — are the clear focus, creative and attractive cocktails could steal the show. These include “Sellanraa” (akvavit, rye, Icelandic moss syrup, sea salt “kiss”) and “Hyldemoer’s Garden” (tequila blanco, lime, butterfly pea flower and elderflower simple syrup, tarragon tincture, aquafaba). Patrons can order online via Toast.

A clear glass of amber-colored beer.
Orkenoy features farmhouse-style beers.

In early September prior to the opening, someone tagged a window at Orkenoy with the phrase “gentrification is racism,” according to a Facebook post form Jonny Ifergan. “While we completely agree with this statement, we are deeply saddened by the misinformation that has been circulated this past week about us and our intentions in our future space at the @kimballartschicago,” Ifergan wrote at the time. The graffiti was an apparent reference to the recent purchase of the Kimball Arts Center by two developers who allegedly pushed out longtime tenants during construction on the building, according to Block Club Chicago.

Block Club first reported this opening.

Orkenoy, 1757 N. Kimball Avenue, inside the Kimball Arts Center, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday through Monday.

A pile of pink salmon beside dark brown toast points and a pile of white whipped horseradish cream on a round off-white ceramic plate.
“Smoked Trout Spread” (locally-smoked trout, potato, horseradish whipped cream, toasted rugbrød)
A piece of bread topped with yellow American cheese and a pile of kimchi.
“Spambrød” (fried Spam, gochujang aioli, egg jam, kimchi, American cheese, scallion, King’s Hawaiian bread)
A small pile of cured pink salmon on top of cous cous in a dark brown bowl.
“Hibiscus Salmon” (hibiscus-cured salmon, zucchini, tomatillo relish, dill crema, cous cous)

Orkenoy

1757 N. Kimball Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647 Visit Website
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