About

Michael Quinlan

Quinlan has worked in almost every facet of the restaurant industry. He started his journey at age 14, when he began working as a crewperson at McDonald’s. From there, Quinlan went on to work in various restaurants throughout his 20s in Chicago an its suburbs including the Loon Café  (Italian-American), Bob Chinn’s Crab House (seafood), Marigold (Indian), and Chipotle (Mexican).

Quinlan has worked almost every station in a restaurant, from washing dishes, cold prep, sauté, kitchen manager, serving, bartending, and front house manager.

In spring of 2011, Quinlan finished up the last of his undergraduate work at Loyola University Chicago’s Rome Campus with an eye towards pursuing his PhD in History to become a professor. That summer, he travelled to Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, experienced the craft beer scene there, and knew he had to bring that vibe back to Chicago with him. Quinlan soon became a Cicerone Certified Beer Server, and will complete his Cicerone Certification in March of this year.

Several months later, Quinlan’s first ideas about Links Taproom would emerge. After working hard to secure a space and fully develop the craft beer & craft sausage concept, Quinlan opened the doors to Links Taproom to the public on January 11, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Chatman

Chris Chatman joined Links Taproom as the operating partner in June 2017.

Chris was born in Colorado. Though he has never skied, he is well versed in Colorado craft beer. After spending a big chunk of his adolescence in another great beer state, Michigan, he moved to the Chicago ‘burbs, and ultimately found himself at a small liberal arts college in central Illinois. His BFA in Theatre Performance virtually guaranteed his career in the hospitality industry. It was these formative years when he first learned the proper way to pour a hefeweizen, cutting his teeth on traditional German and English brews and dabbling in trendy new “microbrews” such as Anchor, Sierra Nevada, and the up-and-coming Goose Island.

After moving to Chicago proper in the early 2000s, he spent time in corporate meeting planning and attempted a move to the music industry/dot com world. He continued to hold various jobs in restaurants and beer bars: door guy, server, DJ, bartender, and finally management. With 20+ years in the industry, managing The Local Option and launching Cleo’s on Armitage, Chris is a self-taught beer nerd and, most recently, has been privileged to work at three of Chicago’s best beer bars – including Links Taproom.

In 2011, Chris became General Manager and Beverage Director of The Bar on Buena, a cozy neighborhood spot in Buena Park with a top-notch beer and whiskey program. Over the course of four years, he established strong relationships with local and national beer brands, running an aggressive program of special events, tappings, and beer releases while still maintaining the neighborhood vibe that made The Bar on Buena one of Chicago’s best kept secrets.

In 2015, Chris was promoted to General Manager and Beer Director of Ravenswood staple, Fountainhead, The Bar on Buena’s sister bar, for a year and a half prior to joining Links Taproom. White at Fountainhead Chris continued its established tradition of hosting numerous industry standard events, big and small, from one-off beer releases to epic 28 draft line tap takeovers like their annual dark beer tapping, It Might Get Dark, Blackout Wednesday Goose Island Bourbon County Stout release, and Barley’s Angels Girl Scout Cookie Beer Dinner.

Chris was proud to manage a great staff of industry professionals at Fountainhead including executive chefs Cleetus Friedman and Sean Sanders. Chris managed Fountainhead’s main dining room and front of house staff year-round, its rooftop garden during the warmer seasons, and also managed their off-premise boutique bottle shop dubbed Fountainhead Market. Under Chirs’ leadership Fountainhead continued to receive numerous press mentions for being one of Chicago’s best spots for beer and whiskey, notably Draft Magazine’s Too 100 US Craft Beer Bars, TimeOut Chicago’s reader-voted Best Bar in Ravenswood/Lincoln Square/North Center, an appearance on Chicago’s Best, and consistent recognition as one of Chicago’s top rooftop gardens.

Chris is the proud father of three beautiful children and husband to a lovely wife.