“If you’ve ever looked for info on the bar you’re going to on any given Friday night, you’ve most likely run into Sean Parnell’s site, the Chicago Bar Project. Started in 2000 and now listing hundreds of bars (including dozens that are no longer in existence), the Bar Project has changed from a simple list of nightspots into a comprehensive guide to almost all alcoholic destinations throughout the city.
“The Bar Project’s entries range from short in-memoriam blurbs to comprehensive historical recaps of decades of bar history. But how does Parnell get all that information? Where does he prefer to enjoy a beer or nine? What’s the story behind his other site, the Abandoned Lot Project? And just how much does he drink? On that last question, perhaps the world will never know…”