It has been way to long since I last traveled. All this was due to covid which is still ravaging the country. Despite that we booked a family trip back in the spring. Pat was really interested in getting everyone together since it has been so long. She decided on Door County, WI and this would be my first real vacation since this started.
I planned my trip to arrive early and stay late. Flying from Portland I was upgraded to first class on the flight over. After getting the rental car I did some shopping for cannabis now that Illinois is a recreational state. I spent the night in Rockford, IL before continuing to La Crosse the next morning.
As soon as I heard the first brewery in the US got a Michelin rating I was excited to see what the experience was like. I don’t remember who reported or how long ago it was, but this has been on my list for a while. Chicago was a natural stopping point on my cross country journey and since I was in town Band of Bohemia was at the top of my list for must do for the 36 or so hours I was in town.
Walking into the place it has a slightly strange decor to it. The room is lite but it is dark. Lots of dark colors and some small lights on the tables. Very plush with some cool stuff hanging on the wall. I took a seat at the bar which is right in front of the operations. This is certainly a small operation but I was looking forward to their creative take on beer and extra attention to quality. Everything on the menu looked so amazing and honestly it was hard to pick. Then I saw the tasting menu option and without hesitation picked that. I have found that if a tasting menu is offered, probably a good idea to take advantage of it.
I was not disappointed with my food that night. Everything I had was fantastic and just fit together so well. They offered a beer tasting along with the food but I decided to skip it this evening. When it came to the beer I wanted to try what I wanted since this was my first time here. I ended up having three different kinds and taking a four pack of large bottles homes with me that night. With the food and beer pairing the beers are more saison and farmhouse style beers. Very creative tastes and palate feel on these beers.
If you love beer and food this is a must stop when you are in Chicago. I can’t recommend this place enough. It is expensive but I certainly feel you get what you pay for. Definitely not a regular place but on those special occasions you want to celebrate Band of Bohemia nails it. Impeccable service, attention to detail, food, and beer.
A day without driving and I get to spend it in Chicago! Not only am I excited not to be driving but also to stop at The Field Museum. I remember stopping here with my dad on a trip to La Crosse so many years ago. Glad to be back. Some I remember but thankfully all new exhibits.