The number of Chicago bars serving up local craft beer is overflowing. We've selected some of the finest drinking establishments in Chicago by neighborhood to do the research for you. Now you take care of the easy part — drinking locally brewed beer from the Chicagoland area that will be sure to put a smile on your face.

These neighborhood watering holes exemplify everything craft beer bars should be: places where the community gets together to have a laugh (or two) on a Friday night, a meet-up for an after work happy hour where "everyone knows your name", where ideas are exchanged and hops are discussed. In other words, local nirvanas for social nourishment. Bottoms up!



Hopleaf Bar
5148 N. Clark Street | 773-334-9851 
Bonus outside the beer: The food is pub grub at its finest

Enjoy mussels and frites along with other Belgian-focused eats paired with a massive list of brews at Hopleaf, nestled in Chicago's Andersonville neighborhood. Hopleaf specializes in bottled Belgians, for which patrons are encouraged to drink the beers from a glass. Belgian beers especially have their own distinctive glasses, best appreciated when poured as it "finishes what the brewer started." The beer produces a frothy head, releasing its aroma, revealing its beautiful color, and is ready to drink.



Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar
960 W. 31st Street | 773-890-0588
Bonus outside the beer: The music, and the savory pies from next door neighbor Pleasant House Bakery

Maria's Packaged Goods is the only beer/liquor store in Bridgeport that focuses specifically on offering artisanal and craft beers and spirits for sale. Their offerings change weekly, boasting one of the largest selections of craft beer in the city (bottles, cans and on tap), with a number pushing 450 different beers on their menu. The bar also features traditional and remixed classic cocktails as well as many liquors, spirits and beverages locally and regionally distilled and brewed.



Howells and Hood 
435 N. Michigan Avenue| 312-262-5310
Bonus outside the beer: The sprawling patio on The Magnificent Mile

Howells and Hood serves the most craft beer on draft in Chicago — 114 unique craft beers flow through 360 beer taps across three separate bars. The beer list represents all styles of craft beer available worldwide, and also highlights the best craft beer in Chicago, with more than 20% of the draft handles dedicated to Chicago craft breweries.



1970 W. Montrose Avenue | 773-697-8204 
Bonus outside the beer: The spacious rootop garden

Fountainhead offers an "old world" yet innovative drinking and dining experience, reflected in its comfortable décor, ambience and fine artisanal food and drink. Take a seat by the fireplace among handcrafted mahogany woodwork, or at the unique, asymmetrical bar that creates seating areas with individual moods. Fountainhead's Barrel Room is ideal for small, private gatherings but is available for public use when not reserved. With co-owner/manager Aaron Zacharias of The Bar on Buena at the helm, Fountainhead is the destination for the beverage aficionado on the prowl for their favorite or rare libation, as well as for the casual customer seeking a new yet uncomplicated hangout.



DMK Burger Bar
2954 N. Sheffield Avenue | 773.360.8686
Bonus outside the beer: Proximity to Wrigley Field, perfect for the pre- or post-baseball game outing

DMK Burger Bar features a huge selection of American craft beers and craft cocktails. Proudly serving 100% grass-fed beef patties, bison and natural turkey burgers paired with its legendary artisan buns, DMK Burger Bar has been featured on the Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, awarded Best Fries In Chicago by Chicago Magazine, named Best Veggie Burger In Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, named one of the 10 best burgers in America by Fox News, and highlighted as one of the 5 best new burger concepts in America in Bon Appetit.


Sheffield's Beer and Wine Garden 
3258 N. Sheffield Avenue | 773.281.4989
Bonus outside the beer: Proximity to Wrigley Field, perfect for the pre- or post-baseball game outing

Sheffield's is the spot in Chicago for great BBQ food and some delicious brews, with more than 40 taps available. The smokers are smokin', the brisket is bastin' and the bar is groanin' under sundry succulent slabs of ribs and full pint glasses. Sheffield's smokers churn out the most succulent BBQ pork this side of Memphis. Though you may best know it as a bar and beer garden, Sheffield's is now a fully functioning barbeque restaurant. So while you're savoring a delectable slab of ribs, ensconce yourself in nature in the beer garden with a fine American craft brew in hand.



Map Room
1949 N. Hoyne Avenue | 773.252.7636
Bonus outside the beer: BYO food, or order in delivery from their collection of take out menus

Though they were newbies without a clue about beer when they first opened the joint in 1992, the folks at Map Room are now seasoned world travelers that partake in brewery tours and sample the finest beer from Austria to Hungary to Quebec. In doing so, they've brought a fresh travel theme to the Map Room in Wicker Park/Bucktown, satisfying a tight-knit beer community from all walks of life.



1227 W. 18th Street | 312-526-3851
Bonus outside the beer: Live concerts in the adjoining music venue Thalia Hall

Opened in September 2013, Dusek's Board & Beer is a tavern on the ground floor of the building featuring beer-inspired cuisine from Michelin-starred chef Jared Wentworth. It's made quite a splash since opening its doors, recently being named Chicago Magazine's Best New Restaurant of 2014.



Old Town Pour House
1419 N. Wells Street | 312-477-2800
Bonus outside the beer: Plenty of big screen TVs to catch the game

With more than 90 unique brews to choose from, Old Town Pour House has a tremendous beer selection. Don't be intimidated, our staff is happy to help you decide. Try one of our rotating beer flights and enjoy four 6oz tasters from our brewery friends around the world. Stop in to check out the current selection.



Kaiser Tiger
1415 W. Randolph Street | 312-243-3100
Bonus outside the beer: A beer garden that turns into an ice curling rink in the winters

From the creators of Paddy Long's a new love child has been born, Kaiser Tiger — Home of Sausage, Bacon and Local Beer in the heart of the West Loop neighborhood. With a menu item called "The Bomb," which fittingly serves six to eight Vikings and a sausage on their menu named "The Justin Bieber," described as a "Big White Brat," you're going to need a few hefty local brews to wash it all down.


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Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 262-5310

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Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 477-2800

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