The area surrounding McCormick Place is hopping — with breweries that is! Convention attendees looking for things to do around McCormick Square will find some of Chicago's top breweries right within walking distance, and a few more craft beer hotspots are just a short cab ride away.
Explore the Chicago brewery scene around McCormick Place with this 5-stop beer tasting itinerary. Take a self-guided tour after your day on the tradeshow floor wraps up, or pair your drinks with an expert guide like History on Tap and organize a guided brewery tour for fellow attendees.
STOP 1: Vice (1454 S. Michigan Avenue)
Begin at Vice District Brewing Company where the taproom delivers a smorgasbord of craft styles to please every connoisseur in your group. Craft beer is brewed on-premise steps away from McCormick Place, as well as Soldier Field, the Museum Campus and The Cultural Mile. In addition to Vice's 12 rotating taps, there are local guest taps, wine and spirits. Be sure to try the Black IPA and English Style Special Bitter. The brewery's open floor plan encourages mingling and board games are available if the mood strikes.
STOP 2: Motor Row (2337 S. Michigan Avenue)
Next up: Motor Row Brewing. Named for the historic Motor Row area, the brewery is housed in a landmark Michigan Avenue building in Chicago's Near South Side — only two blocks from McCormick Place. The district once churned out more than 116 different makes of automobiles and later served as home to world-famous Chess Records. Today, it's a no-frills brewery combining German influence with Midwestern hospitality. On Monday nights, go for Blues and Brews with The Original Chicago Blues AllStars.
STOP 3: Baderbräu (2515 S. Wabash Avenue)
Baderbräu Brewing Company is famous for their take on Chicago's original craft beer, a Czech-style pilsener. Sprawl out in the 4,000-square-foot taproom, a short 10-minute walk from the Green Line stop at Cermak near McCormick Place. Ask about seasonal varietals like Red Velvet, Oktoberfest, Lawnmower Lager and Naked Selfie, a black IPL.
STOP 4: Moody Tongue (2136 S. Peoria Street)
Head to nearby neighborhood Pilsen's new shining star, the Tasting Room at Moody Tongue Brewing Company, for year-round and limited-release beers in an intimate, mid-century setting. The 75-seat historic Glass Factory revolves around culinary brewing, meaning pints are paired with a carefully curated, sweet and savory food menu. Guests choose from a daily selection of fresh oysters, as well as slices of cake. Beers come in full pours and flights with four year-round offerings: Applewood Gold, Steeped Emperor's Lemon Saison, Sliced Nectarine IPA, and Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter.
STOP 5: Lagunitas (2607 W. 17th Street)
Round out your group's brew tour with a stop into Pilsen's Lagunitas Brewing Company, where music, munchies and beers are served in a 300-seat taproom situated above the largest brewery in Illinois. The taproom is open Wednesdays through Sundays but the brewery offers free tours with tastings seven days a week. Check their music calendar and align your visit with one of the Live at Lagunitas concerts.