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Hofbräuhaus Chicago
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A replica of the 400-year-old Munich beer hall and brewery, this colossal chunk of Bavaria has landed in, of all places, Rosemont. Though endowed with Epcot Center proportions, the pub nonetheless manages to nail the finer points: Our ridiculously good-natured server swore her real name was Greta, a live oompah band appeared genuinely fresh off the boat from Germany, and everyone from old fogies to bachelor-party celebrants looked like they were having the time of their lives. (One reason they hoist those liters of Hofbräu Dunkel without reservation: Cabs are abundant to take you to and from the Blue Line.)

Venue name: Hofbräuhaus
Address: 5500 Park Place

Cross street: MB Financial Park
Opening hours: Sun–Wed 11am–11pm; Thu 11am–midnight; Fri, Sat 11am–2am
Transport: EL stop: Blue to Rosemont. Train: N Central to Rosemont.
Price: Average beer: $7
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