The craft beer scene in Chicago is exploding. The city has been dubbed the craft beer capital of the country, with more than 160 breweries and counting. Our ever-evolving brewing community includes everything from experimental microbreweries to some of the biggest names in craft brewing.
Whether you’re downtown or in our vibrant neighborhoods, beer lovers will find a unique Chicago brewery or taproom in almost every corner of the city. The guides below will help you navigate the city’s distinct brewing districts.
Chicago neighborhood craft brewery itineraries
Downtown and South Loop
The heart of the city, including the Loop and South Loop, is known as a hotspot for world-renowned museums and top Chicago attractions. But it’s also where you’ll find a growing number of local breweries, serving up locally made brews to after-work crowds and weekend visitors alike.
West Loop & West Town
These neighborhoods comprise the Chicago Brewing District, where you’ll find one of the city’s biggest brewers (Chicago icon Goose Island) along with a fresh crop of newcomers, like a botanical-inspired brewery and an innovative multi-brewery incubator. Paired with the area’s cool industrial vibes, this is one of the hottest craft beer hubs in town.
Pilsen and Bridgeport
These neighborhoods are all about fascinating histories, acclaimed restaurants — and tons of cool craft beer spots. Try a flight in a low-key tap room, get psychedelic at powerhouse Lagunitas, and dine at a chef-driven brewpub that makes their own beer. No matter where you go, you’ll be getting an authentic taste of these diverse neighborhoods.
Lincoln Park and Lakeview
These residential enclaves are beloved for their charming vibes and proximity to the scenic lakeshore. But locals know these neighborhoods are also home to an amazing array of local breweries and brewpubs, tucked beside neighborhood restaurants and cute boutiques on tree-lined streets. Come explore them all.
Ravenswood Corridor (Malt Row)
An epicenter of the local craft beer scene, this industrial area has evolved into a thriving communities of small brewers. It’s a must-see for any craft beer aficionado. Make your own brewery crawl and sample the goods from an experimental microbrewery, a European-inspired brewer, and one of the largest female-owned craft distilleries in the country.
Milwaukee Corridor (Logan Square and Wicker Park)
Two of Chicago’s hippest neighborhoods are home to the city’s coolest craft beer spots. Sample some of the city’s best pizza paired with beer and natural wine, discover brewing’s next rising star at a funky incubator, or play pool with the locals while sipping freshly made brews. All on or around one bustling stretch of Milwaukee Avenue.
Beverly & beyond
Head off the beaten path to discover these small neighborhoods and their under-the-radar brewing scene. You’ll be treated to hidden gems like an award-winning restaurant and brewery and a spot that raises their own bees to make their honey mead.
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