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Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar Opens

If you didn’t know there was a bar connected to the Bridgeport liquor store Maria’s, you might hear the strains of music wafting from the walk-in freezer and think someone was throwing a party inside. We did know about the bar—and yet, after entering the shop and receiving encouraging smiles from a trio of older women clustered around the counter, we still approached the giant cooler door tentatively, half expecting to pull it open and meet a whoosh of icy air.

GO: MARIA’S PACKAGED GOODS & COMMUNITY BAR 960 W. 31st St.; communitybar.wordpress.com

via Chicago Magazine – Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar Opens – November 2010.