Touring a local brewery or just stopping by for a drink is always a fun activity for beer enthusiasts. There's no shortage of great breweries in the Chicago Loop that offer tours and other events. If you’re looking for a relaxing indoor activity during Chicago’s winter, these Chicago craft beer spots offer excellent escapes from the cold weather. Read on to learn about the best breweries in downtown Chicago near the Loop.
Motor Row Brewing is a unique space in the South Loop. They’re known for using the highest quality, locally sourced ingredients. This brewery is located conveniently near McCormick Place and is easily accessible by public transportation.
The Motor Row neighborhood is recognized by Chicago as an official Historic Landmark District, so it’s an interesting area to explore if you’ve never been. Motor Row Brewery also hosts fun events including Blues and Brews nights. Find the schedule here.
Motor Row Brewing | 2337 S. Michigan Avenue | 312-624-8149
After getting your fill of brews, enjoy a walk-up taco counter (nothing tastes as great as tacos do after a few beers).
Cruz Blanca beers are inspired by the ones that became popular in Mexico City during the 1860s. You’ll be wowed by the creative interpretations on classic German, Austrian and French beer styles. Book a one-hour brewery tour, offered on Saturdays.
Cruz Blanca | 904 W. Randolph Street | 312-733-1975
This South Loop taproom is located right on Michigan Avenue. The relatively newer and smaller brewery is also in proximity to McCormick Place. They have an always rotating selection of craft beers so that you can try a new brew each time you visit.
Something unique about this spot: it’s BYOF (bring your own food). You can pack snacks or even order delivery while you’re drinking! Pet parents, rejoice: Vice District may be the only brewery that is pet-friendly.
Vice District has a packed calendar of events that you should check out here. Even if there’s no event happening, you can enjoy playing board games with friends, or watching sports on their many TVs.
Vice District Brewing | 1454 S. Michigan Avenue | 312-291-9022
Rock Bottom Brewery is a chain restaurant/brewery that's a great option for dinner and drinks. Want to invite friends that don’t like beer? Not a problem. Rock Bottom also has a creative cocktail list and a variety of American food items to choose from. You can’t go wrong with any item on their menu, but the burgers and sandwiches are especially delicious.
There’s tons of seating, so it’s unlikely that there will be a long wait, even on weekends. On game days, you’ll have a view of all the action on a big TV no matter where you sit. During warmer months, head to the rooftop to dine in a scenic beer garden. Their Loop location is located just steps from the Grand Red Line CTA stop.
Rock Bottom Brewery | 1 W. Grand Avenue | 312-755-9339
Visiting Chicago breweries is a great way to support local businesses and enjoy some unique and freshly brewed beers. Have you been to any of these spots? Learn about the Chicago brewery scene and craft beer fests at choosechicago.com/craftbeer.