So much more than a working brewery with a talented kitchen, Band of Bohemia is in fact a truly inspired gastropub that produces its own utterly unique creations both in the glass and on the plate.
Located in a repurposed brick building across from the Metra tracks, the look is unapologetically industrial with an expansive layout that unwinds into a series of seating options, inviting bar, and an open kitchen with another small bar set against pretty blue tiles. Curved, high-backed booths lend intimacy to counter the room’s sheer size. Stainless steel tanks displayed in the back hold the culinary-minded handiwork of their head brewer. On tap, expect a handful of rotating beers.
The kitchen’s boundless small and large plates defy expectations with delicious success. Scallop ceviche straddles the line between sweet and sour courtesy of chartreuse, candied ginger, and roast shishito peppers. Who knew a single carrot could have such power? Salt-cured, roasted, and glazed in miso caramel, then set upon beluga lentils and creamy coconut milk—it's a revelation. The creativity continues through dessert, with unconventional pairings like the tangy and sweet dill crème fraîche ice cream.