#ChiStories Podcast: Tiny Tapp and Chicago’s Craft Cocktails Scene

Who’s got more Chicago Stories than your local bartender? This week on the Chicago Stories podcast, Mayor Emanuel chats with Chicago local Mark William Johnson, partner of Tiny Tapp & Cafe located on the revitalized Chicago Riverwalk. Listen to the podcast to hear about Chicago’s craft cocktail scene over the years, millennials and mixology, and the renewal of the Riverwalk.

Mark — by no means tiny at over 6'2" — also owns Tiny Tavern at Navy Pier and Tiny Lounge in Chicago’s Lincoln Square and Ravenswood areas, which has been in the neighborhood for over 17 years. It was first located near the Addison Brown Line station and used to be among the smallest bars in Chicago, until it moved to its current location so the CTA station could be expanded.

Founded by Colleen Flaherty and Mark William Johnson — both native Chicagoans — Tiny Tapp & Cafe is a casual restaurant that specializes in crafted cocktails and locally sourced food. The Cafe also serves locally roasted coffee, espresso, nitro-pour cold brew and tea, as well as pastries baked fresh daily. We stopped by on a recent Thursday evening and it was a lively spot on the Riverwalk for happy hour and bites to eat while gazing over the River.

Tiny Tapp is located on the South Bank of the River, between Clark and Dearborn bridges.
Chicago’s Mayor Emanuel swaps stories from Tiny Lounge with famed owner Mark William Johnson.
The Mayor never tires of the view of the Riverwalk. (Photo by Patrick Pyszka)

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