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LINCOLN PARK & LAKEVIEW

Chicago Breweries: Craft Beer Itinerary

Handsome brick row houses. Historic churches. And sweeping lake views like no other. This is the scene that has attracted a relatively new batch of breweries. With a come-one-come-all vibe, these neighborhood taprooms are where you’ll find university students and lifelong residents in equal doses.

STOP 1 // Burnt City Brewing :  Feel a Timeless Vibe

A classic brewpub in every sense, Burnt City has dark wood walls, tin ceilings and framed vintage beer ads. In other words, the stage is perfectly set for enjoying with a Face Melter Hibiscus IPA, one of the most fragrant brews around. Don’t forget a side of fresh mussels.

STOP 2 // Oz Park :  Park Break

Get some fresh air at Oz Park, a Lincoln Park gem known for its life-sized statues of the Wizard of Oz characters made by Chicago sculpture artist John Kearney. The community flower garden is beautiful.

STOP 3 // DryHop Brewers :  Hop Around

As its name implies, DryHop Brewers focuses on hop-centric ales — and they’re only available here in Lakeview. Drink a Shark Meets Hipster wheat IPA while you eat a burger and connect in an atmosphere that’s great for both date night and dinner with the fam.

STOP 4 // Greenstar Brewing :  Try Green Beer

You can feel good about what you drink at Greenstar Brewing, the first certified organic brewery in Illinois. The seven-barrel brewhouse is adjacent to its sister restaurant, Uncommon Ground, and has serving tanks that feed right into the restaurant’s tap system. Tours held every Saturday.

STOP 5 // Corridor Brewing & Provisions :  Taste Artisan Flavor

From the same owners as Dryhop Brewers comes Corridor Brewery & Provisions, just about a mile west. Its a farmhouse craft brewery that’s big into hops and also artisan pizzas baked in a clay hearth oven. Tables sit nearly right aside the brewing equipment so you get a rare view into the process.

STOP 6 // Music Box Theatre :  Movie Time

Catch a foreign or indie flick at Music Box Theatre, a former Vaudeville theater that's now an independent movie house. On weekends a live organist revs up the crowd before the red velvet curtain rises on the screen.

STOP 7 // Andersonville Brewing Co :  Pair Burgers With Brews

While you’re in the area, stop at Andersonville Brewing Co, a sports pub with house brews. They’ve been at it since 2009, making it the oldest operating nano-brewery in Chicago. Burgers from next door’s Hamburger Mary are the real deal-makers here.

Transportation tip: Clark Street bus #22

DRINK ADVENTUROUSLY #CHICAGOBEER

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