Hey brewengineer, I'm in your former city. Currently posting from Timothy O'Toole's Pub. Damn they have a great beer selection. Any other cool and strong bars near North Rush Street?
Sorry, didn't read this thread. My favorite bar was The Map Room, over in Wicker Park/Bucktown. I also enjoyed Clark St Alehouse (on Clark in Goldcoast), Quenchers (Logan Square/Bucktown), Piece Pizza and Brewery (Wicker Park), and the Goose Island Clybourn brewpub (Lincoln Park).