West Town & West Loop
Green Street Smoked Meats
Green Street Smoked Meats is a warehouse-style space serving up house-smoked, Texas-inspired barbecue. Order at the counter, grab a beer from the bathtub (really), find a picnic table, and chow down. The sliced brisket is a popular choice, and don’t forget to load up on sides, like the elote-style corn.
This long-time brewpub in the West Loop is known for its wide-ranging selection of house brews, with an emphasis on classic Belgian and contemporary American beer styles. Haymarket Brewing has been a staple on Restaurant Row since 2010, crafting everything from blood orange blondes and barrel-aged stouts to their own hard seltzers.
Keep exploring: Eat your way through the buzzing West Loop neighborhood.
District Brew Yards & Lillie’s Q
In West Town, beer lovers can’t miss District Brew Yards, a pour-your-own beer hall with 40 taps that feature a rotating array of local brewers. One regular staple is Burnt City Brewing, known for experimenting with new ingredients and brewing techniques. When you get hungry, head to the Lillie’s Q counter for crowd-pleasing menu of smoked meats, fried chicken, and classic sides.
While Goose Island has become a national name, it all started with their original craft brewery in Chicago. Their production facility on Fulton Street is home to a popular tasting room with 16 tap lines that showcase Goose Island favorites and seasonal options. Take a brewery tour, then grab a spot at the bar to taste the beers for yourself.
Keep exploring: Dive into the eclectic shops and restaurants in hip West Town.