25 Nov 2015
Opened by MP Shows head honcho Brian Peterson, a man responsible for booking some of the best punk and hardcore bands at The Fireside and beyond, Township has been in operation since early 2012 right off the California Blue Line. (It existed as Pancho’s prior to that).
Split into halves, the combo restaurant/bar/venue serves food and drinks at nearly all hours; it’s open for 19 hours per day during the week. The live-music side is intimate, with a small stage and a second bar. It specializes in booking underground rock bands, but there’s also the occasional rap act, experimental oddity, or indescribable brilliance of a boundary-free band like Secret Chiefs 3.
Though the menu isn’t huge, it’s deceptively creative and regularly changing, created by Tamiz Haiderali of the now-closed Treat Restaurant in Humboldt Park. There also are dozens of craft beers to enjoy alongside a handful of delicious cocktails. On the topic of the latter, be sure to try the Unicorn Blood Orange, a blend of Dark Matter coffee, Kahlua, Stoli orange vodka, and simple syrup. But unless you’re pulling an all-nighter, maybe don’t drink three of them…
2202 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647