Historic architecture and world-renowned cultural institutions aren’t the only things that define downtown Chicago. The heart of the city, made up of the Loop and South Loop, is a growing hub for local breweries that draw in everyone from after-work crowds to weekend visitors. Check out some of the top spots to try locally made craft brews near downtown.

Stop 1: Moody Tongue

The bar at Moody Tongue
Photo courtesy Jordan Balderas

Moody Tongue has long been a Chicago fixture, and their new South Loop brewery has put them in a league of their own. The refined space includes both a fine-dining restaurant and a more laid-back tap room. Head to The Bar to sample their regular beer lineup alongside limited releases like whiskey and wine barrel-aged brews and their renowned Farmers Market and sour beers. Their fine-dining space also holds two Michelin stars.

Stop 2: Duneyrr Artisan Fermenta

Duneyrr Microbrewery
Duneyrr Microbrewery

In the South Loop neighborhood, the Duneyrr taproom brings Nordic-inspired brews to Chicago. Their wild ales are made with a hybrid of wine and cider techniques and ingredients, resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind beverage. Don’t miss unique options like their Sauvyn Blanc sour ale, co-fermented with sauvignon grapes, or their Mymosa grape ale brewed with oranges and chardonnay grapes.

Stop 3: Adams Street Brewery

The Berghoff Exterior
The Berghoff

Adams Street Brewery is the in-house brewer at the historic Berghoff Restaurant, one of the oldest restaurants in Chicago. With three generations of brewing experience under their belts, the family-run brewery specializes in German-style ales, including lager, dunkel, and hefeweizen. Grab a stein (and maybe a soft pretzel) and taste the history.

Stop 4: Crushed by Giants

Just off Michigan Avenue, this independent craft brewery and restaurant serves up an ever-changing draft list featuring everything from hoppy IPAs to sours to funky saisons in the Streeterville neighborhood. The Crushed by Giants taproom, a modern space with soaring windows overlooking the surrounding cityscape, also offers a menu of simple but stellar dishes designed to perfectly pair with their brews.

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