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10 Chicago Breweries with Incredible Taprooms

Chicago is a town that loves its beer. We take it very seriously. A history-laden rising star in the world of craft beer, Chicago is the founding place for several craft breweries entrenched in tradition and local pride.

Check out what’s brewing with some of the hottest — and most unique — brewery tours and beer experiences Chicago has to offer.

 

Vice District Brewing

Two local Chicago home brewers founded this lively South Loop spot. Visit the taproom and try one of the rotating selections of craft beers that are brewed on site. Or sample a flight (offered for just $10 on Friday nights). Best of all, Vice is pet friendly!

 

Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

Over in West Town, you’ll find Chicago’s first brewery dedicated to crafting fine botanic beers using all-natural ingredients. With a nod to beer-making’s earliest days, these alchemists, brewers and rootmasters use bark, stems, blossoms, sap, herbs, spices, leaves, flowers and honey in their quest for new and different flavors.

 

Baderbräu Brewing Company


Baderbrau Chicago Brewery

Freshly tapped in 2016, this South Loop hot spot at the corner of 25th and Wabash is making a name with its flavor-packed lagers and wheats. But they’re most famous for their take on Chicago’s original craft beer, a Czech-style pilsener.

 

Goose Island Beer CO.

Goose Island Beer CO.

Head to the Near West Side and visit the Fulton Street location of Chicago’s venerable Goose Island Beer Co. Enjoy a pint of fresh-brewed Goose IPA in the sleek taproom and take a tour of the production brewery for an inside look at the brewmaster’s process.

 

Hopewell Brewing Company


Step into this dog- and baby-friendly Logan Square taproom and ask for the Farm and Family Saison or a Cold Brew Coffee Beer. Board games, a spacious layout and relaxed vibe make sure you’ll want to hang out and sip here all day.

 

Motor Row Brewing


Motor Row Brewing

German influence meets Midwestern hospitality at this no-frills facility set in a landmark Michigan Avenue building in Chicago’s South Loop. Go for Blues and Brews on Monday nights and pair your pints with tunes by The Original Chicago Blues AllStars.

 

Corridor Brewery & Provisions


Farmhouse ales and hop-forward beers go hand in hand with a rustic farmhouse kitchen serving up Midwestern sandwiches and artisan clay hearth pizzas at this craft brewery haven in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.

 

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Moody Tongue Brewing Company

Try the Sliced Nectarine IPA at this new beer lover’s go-to, which just recently opened its doors to a new Pilsen neighborhood taproom. Moody’s philosophy is based on culinary brewing and creating exciting beers with simplicity and balance in check.

 

Band of Bohemia

Located in the brewery-rich North Side neighborhood of Ravenswood, this “culinary brewhouse” is backed by Alinea alums Craig Sindelar and Michael Carroll, and features a wood-burning grill in addition to on-tap crafts. Beers like the Apricot Amber and the Thai Long Saison pair excellently with gourmet bar food (think sturgeon bacon on toast) and entrées like Caribbean jerk duck.

 

Lagunitas Brewing Company

A true testament to Chicago’s massive (and growing) presence on the national beer scene, California-based Lagunitas Brewing Company opened a brewery, distribution center and TapRoom just west of the trendy Pilsen neighborhood in 2014. Upon opening, Lagunitas Chicago instantly became the largest brewery in Illinois, housing a 300-seat taproom, with free tours every day.

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