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Photograph: Dave RentauskasBest Chip Off The Old Block: Ed Marszewski

Best Chip Off the Old Block | Eat Out Awards 2011


Ed Marszewski

When Maria Marszewski’s sons, Ed and Mike, took over the Bridgeport liquor-store-slash-bar she had run since 1986, the brothers paid homage to their mom, changing the name from Kaplan’s Liquors to Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar. In place of the former dive’s grittiness, they amassed one of the city’s best craft beer lists and made the corner of 31st and Morgan one of the most welcoming places in Chicago. But Ed (pictured, far left, with mom, Maria, and brother, Mike), who runs the Co-Prosperity Sphere (an art space), has a vision that goes beyond the bar: He wants Bridgeport to be “the Community of the Future.” Thanks to Marszewski’s many projects (such as renting the next-door space to Pleasant House Bakery), though, Bridgeport is looking more like the community of the now. 960 W 31st St (773-890-0588).

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