Monk's Pub

205 W Lake St Chicago

Leentje De Leeuw
Written By Leentje De Leeuw

After reporter Leentje De Leeuw interviewed a man in Chicago who was originally from her Belgian hometown of Sint-Amands, the brief encounter lingered in both their minds. They decided to stay in touch and soon fell in love. Not only had Leentje fallen in love with the man, she was also smitten with the city. In September 2014, after many transatlantic flights, Leentje moved to the Windy City. In 2015 she decided to combine her passion for the city with her experience in travel and media, and thus launched her off the beaten path walks and biking tours. As soon as Leentje became a member of the Chicago Tour Guide Professionals Association, Chica-GO was born!

Monk's Pub derived its name from a monastery where the owner visited one summer as a young boy. Impressed with his stay, he thought to himself if I ever own a public house, I'm going to call it Monk's! May of 1978, his boyhood dream became a reality when he acquired a public house in Chicago and called it Monk's Pub.

Our favorite thing (besides the beer duh!) about Monk's is their unbelievably friendly staff who will guide you through the beer menu when you're experiencing trouble picking the right beer. Our favorites are the Tripel Karmeliet (again), the Duvel and the entire trappist selection, with a slight preference for the Westmalle Tripel. This fantastic beer was first brewed in 1934 and the recipe has not changed since 1956. It's made with pale sugar and has a very pale color thanks to a mash of light pilsener malts. After a long secondary fermentation, the Tripel Westmalle is bottled with a dose of sugar and yeast.

Have a beer with Belgian American tour guide Leentje

Monk's is open Mon - Fri from 9am until 10 pm and on Saturdays from 11am until 5pm. On Sundays the monks remain in the monastery and the bar is closed.

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