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Hungry Brain

View Map2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
Tel: (773) 935-2118
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Editorial Review of Hungry Brain

The Hungry Brain opened 11 years ago in the space of the famed Improv Institute. This eclectic dive welcomes visitors of all backgrounds and styles to enjoy art, conversation, kitschy Christmas lights, junkyard decor and the never-ending joys of a Ms. Pacman-Galaga coin-op arcade game.

Committed to a warm atmosphere, the bartenders will strike up banter with guests even during the busiest of evenings. And there are plenty of busy evenings here. An artists' space by nature, the Hungry Brain plays host to theatre, poetry, comedy and jazz performances on a weekly and monthly basis. Stop by every Sunday at 10 p.m. for the Transmission Series, an evening showcasing jazz and folk musicians orchestrated by The Emerging Improvisers Organization. Make sure to bring a few extra bucks to toss into the donation hat for the performers.

Guests can take pleasure in one of many reasonably priced draft or bottled beers here, including Rogue Dead Guy Ale for $4, PBR for $2 (expect some good-natured ribbing from the bartender if you order it) and a $3 beer of the month.

Centerstage Reviewer: Sondra Morin

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8 p.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday, closed on Monday

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