Recent studies done by geographers Matthew Zook and Ate Poorthuis mapped out geographical patterns around the United States comparing beers people like to drink from city to city.
Their research took a number of angles and include ratios comparing the number of bars to grocery stores in a given region.
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The majority of their research resulted in all those orange dots, which represent areas that contain more grocery stores than bars. But as you can see, the Midwest — including Illinois — is smothered in red.
In conclusion, people in these two states are more interested in quenching their thirst than stocking their cupboards. Good job, Midwest.
But with the rich sports culture found in the Midwest, this doesn't come as a complete surprise. Between the major sports teams, as well as being in the heart of Big Ten country, there's plenty to watch as you grab your favorite beer at the local establishment.
That's especially true this time of year, with the NHL as the Blackhawks look to defend their Stanley Cup title. Plus, the NBA playoffs, NFL Draft and the always competitive Cubs-White Sox Crosstown series all happening tonight at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet.