Day 2: West Town, Edgewater, & Andersonville
Start your day at District Brew Yards, a pour-your-own beer hall that features a rotating array of local brewers. One staple is Burnt City Brewing, known for experimenting with new ingredients and techniques. When you get hungry, head to the Lillie’s Q counter for a crowd-pleasing menu of smoked meats, fried chicken, and classic sides.
While Goose Island has become a major national brand, it all started with a craft brewery in Chicago. Their West Town facility is home to a popular tasting room that showcases Goose Island favorites. 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.
Get a taste of New Orleans in Chicago’s lakefront Edgewater neighborhood. Pearl’s brings big bayou flavor in a funky, 100-year-old space. The barbecue is smoked low and slow for dishes like pulled pork on brioche and ribs with house-made sauce — all served with a big dose of Southern-style hospitality.
Keep exploring: Shop for antiques, see a show, and walk the lakefront in Edgewater.
Started by two friends in their home kitchen, Spiteful Brewing now has a laid-back tap room near Andersonville. Their beers, sold exclusively in Illinois, run the gamut from hefeweizens to IPAs to fruit ales. We recommend getting a flight to maximize your choices.
Keep exploring: Find a hint of Swedish heritage and loads of charm in Andersonville.