Have some foodies or beer aficionados in your adults-only group? Give them a fun and interactive introduction to Chicago's booming craft beer scene with this roundup of group-friendly brew pubs, award-winning breweries and beer-focused tour options. Cheers!
Chicago Architecture Foundation Pub Tours
Give groups a taste of a local pubs and breweries - and the architectural masterpieces of the neighborhoods in which they reside - with these 2.5-hour walking tours ($15 per person) by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Choose from five distinct neighborhoods: Andersonville, Lakeview, Near North, River North and West Loop.
Chicago Beer Experience
On these Chicago neighborhood beer tasting and bar tours, groups of up to 18 people can enjoy a walking historical tour ($33.90 - $59.90 per person) that fuses history, culture and beer in a fun, interactive way. Two tours are available: the Lincoln Park & Lakeview Beer Tasting and Bar Tour and the Bucktown & Wicker Park Beer Tasting and Bar Tour. Private group tours are available.
History On Tap
Neighborhood taverns, local lore and beer history come together with these talks, tours and themed experiences (prices vary). Private tours are also available.
BREWERIES & BREW PUBS
5402 N. Clark St.
This small craft brewery features as many as eight of their own brews on tap, as well as more than 40 other beers and ciders in bottle and draft, with a focus on beers made in the Midwest. Combine beer tasting with lunch for your group by ordering from the adjacent Hamburger Mary's, offering specialty burgers, salads and sandwiches.
Atlas Brewing Company
2747 N. Lincoln Ave.
This neighborhood brewpub in Lincoln Park features craft beer and creative cuisine. The onsite eight-lane bowling alley can host groups of 10 - 120.
3155 N. Broadway Ave.
This brewpub features seasonal cuisine and hop-centric beers, so expect IPAs, Pale Ales and traditional Belgian beers, interspersed with experimental brews.
Goose Island Beer Company
Brewery: 1800 W. Fulton St.
Brewpubs: 1800 N. Clybourn Ave. and 3535 N. Clark St.
Give groups a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process with a 45-minute tour ($12 per person) of this expansive facility. During the tour, guests can watch brewers at work, sample Goose Island beers and learn all about barrel aging, fermentation and the innovation behind experimental beers. Reservations are required, and tickets can be bought in advance (up to 10 people).
Half Acre Beer Company
4257 N. Lincoln Ave.
Raw and basic ales and lagers are the draw at this brewery and tap room. Tours are offered Saturdays at 11 a.m. ($10 per person/cash only) and are first-come, first-served. Groups of 10 or more require prior manager approval. Reservations are not accepted; however, private events are available.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 W. Randolph St.
Specializing in classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles, this pub and brewery offers 32 brews, including more than 10 house-brewed varieties, as well as an extensive food menu, serving up brunch, lunch, dinner and late-night food. The bar and dining space can accommodate large groups, up to 300 people. Tours are available, and reservations are required.
Horse Thief Hollow Brewing Company
10426 S. Western Ave.
Groups will get a feel for the Beverly neighborhood at this local craft brewery and gastropub, where the work of local artisans adorns the walls and friendly wait staff serves up Southern-inspired food and award winning handcrafted beers. Order a beer flight to try a variety of brews.
Lagunitas Brewing Company
2607 W. 17th St.
Craft beers, live music (Wednesday - Sunday) and a menu of salads and sandwiches are the draw at this large brewery. Free tours are offered daily and do not require a reservation.
Motor Row Brewing
2337 S. Michigan Ave.
This recent addition to the craft beer scene in Chicago offers a taproom to try a lineup of unique German-influenced brews, as well as brewery tours ($12 per person). Ideal for groups, tours are private and available by reservation only.
Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
1927 W. North Ave.
For a lively party vibe, bring groups to this pizza joint and brewery, where New Haven-style thin crust pizza is paired with award winning microbrews. The expansive space hosts an array of events, from live band karaoke on Saturday nights to viewing of sporting events on the plasma TVs. Reservations may be made for parties of 10 or more.
Brewpub: 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Brewery: 3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
This bustling brewpub in Logan Square features creative beers and a menu of hearty dishes such as pizzas, sandwiches and more. At the nearby brewery (1.5 miles away), free tours are offered on a first-come, first served basis. Private tours are available for groups of 30 or more ($50 private tour fee, plus $5 per person).
Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant
1 W. Grand Ave.
A convenient location near The Magnificent Mile, handcrafted brews and an extensive menu make this spot a popular choice for visitors and locals alike. During summer months, try to get a spot on the rooftop patio for spectacular views of downtown. Private rooms are also available.
Vice District Brewing
1454 S. Michigan Ave.
Located near the Museum Campus, this South Loop brewery is a newcomer to the Chicago beer scene, offering year round selections, seasonal releases and single batch experimentations.