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 five-stop beer tasting itinerary. Take a self-guided tour after your day on the trade show floor wraps up, or pair your drinks with an expert guide like History on Tap and organize a guided brewery tour for fellow attendees.
Motor Row Brewing
First: 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. 2337 S. Michigan Ave.
Moody Tongue Brewing Co.
Moody Tongue Brewing Company is one of the city’s most beloved breweries — and soon they’ll have a new home in the South Loop. Known for their culinary-inspired beers, like Sliced Nectarine IPA and Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter, Moody Tongue will have the options to expand their food menu in their new space. Their previous taproom was famous for serving only fresh oysters and chocolate cake. You can probably expect both to make an appearance in their new digs. The new space is expected to open late summer 2019. 2515 S. Wabash Ave.
Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom
This cozy taproom serves up traditional beers made with old-school techniques. The malts, hops, yeast, and fruits at Lo Rez are sourced from the best growers, so you can be confident you’re getting a high-quality brew every time. Try a few at their location in the nearby Pilsen neighborhood, where you’ll find board games, darts, and lots of locals hanging out on the patio. 2101 S. Carpenter
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. 2607 W. 17th St.
Whiner Beer Company
Housed inside The Plant, an eco-friendly incubator for food and drink companies, Whiner Beer Company‘s cozy taproom is just a short cab ride from McCormick Square. Whiner specializes in barrel-aged beer, in the tradition of typical Belgian and French brews. Pair your whimsically named brew with one of their naturally leavened, wood-fired pizzas. 1400 W. 46th St.