Marz Community Brewing at 3630 S. Iron St. begins its retail alcohol and food service this weekend.

Marz Community Brewing Opening Tap Room This Weekend

Published February 21, 2018

Marz Community Brewing Co. opens its tap room this Saturday, February 24, having recently received licenses from the City of Chicago for on-premises alcohol consumption, liquor to go and retail food sales. The brewery, on the eastern edge of the McKinley Park neighborhood at 3630 S. Iron St., announced it will open the new venue from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and also release a new beer that afternoon.

After waiting nearly a year since filing license applications with the City of Chicago, the brewery received approval on February 14 from the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The three business licenses — for package goods, a retail food establishment and incidental alcohol consumption — run until February 15, 2020, and are a compulsory component of launching the tap room. 

Media reports show Marz Community Brewing proprietor Ed Marzewski planning at least a dozen taps and 140 to 170 seats across a 2,500-square-foot space in the brewery, itself an outgrowth of the Marzewski family's group of hospitality, real estate and media concerns primarily located around West 31st and South Morgan streets in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Related family enterprises include Maria's Package Goods & Community BarKimski restaurant and the Co-Prosperity Sphere, an art and event space at West 32nd and South Morgan streets. In addition to Ed Marzewski, brother Mike Marzewski and mother Maria Marzewski have a hand in the businesses, including Maria Marzewski's ownership of the real estate housing Marz Community Brewing, Maria's bar and Kimski. For many years she was the original operator of Kaplan's bar, which became Maria's when her sons took over the business, and was also the initial owner of the building housing the Co-Prosperity Sphere.

With a tap room, Marz Community Brewing will become one of the few places in the McKinley Park neighborhood to get a drink in a bar atmosphere and likely the only place where fresh Marz beer will be available for takeout. On Saturday during the venue launch, the brewery is releasing its Coffee Lumpen India Pale Ale at 3 p.m.

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