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Chicago Breweries: Craft Beer Itinerary

Look up — there’s dynamic architecture all around in these downtown neighborhoods, not to mention world renowned cultural institutions. But for the latest buzz, keep your eyes street level and check out the Chicago breweries opening in rehabbed warehouse spaces.

STOP 1 // Vice District Brewing :  Play in the Sunshine

Games + beer = major fun. That’s the formula at Vice District Brewing, where you can sample some 14 drafts while you play adult-oriented board games (how ‘bout loser buys the next round?). With sunlight pouring through floor-to-ceiling windows, daytime is perfect for hanging here.

STOP 2 // Motor Row Brewing :  Motor Over to a Newbie

On a strip formerly inhabited by over 100 automobile manufacturers and dealers, the laidback Motor Row Brewing has hard work and dedication in its DNA. Its brick-wall tasting room and upper-level taproom are where you’ll tip back beers with cheeky names like Fleetwood Black (a seductive black lager) and Dry Humor (a Blonde Belgian honey wheat).

STOP 3 // Baderbrau :  Taste a Revived Classic

There’s a photo ops everywhere under the stunning bow-truss ceiling at Baderbrau. Apart from the colorful wall murals in the 4,000-square-foot taproom, the microbrewery is no frills (patrons sit at indoor picnic tables). It’s also built on tradition; it was founded to revive Chicago’s original craft beer, a Czech-style pilsner popular in the early ‘90s.

STOP 4 // Harold Washington Library :  Culture Break

Flip through a few books (and flip out over the architecture) at Harold Washington Library, named for Chicago’s first African American mayor. The behemoth Loop building features a book selection as impressive as the ornate details on the building (look up — gargoyles!).

STOP 5 // Millennium Park :  PARK ESCAPE

Head due east to Millennium Park — the perfect spot to take a selfie with the shiny Cloud Gate sculpture in the background, or cool off in the spray of Crown Fountain.

STOP 6 // Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery :  Rally on the Roof

Just a short walk north off The Magnificent Mile, camaraderie runs thick at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery. One of the city’s original breweries is popular with the after-work crowd. Gather on the rooftop beer garden and order from the full menu of American food. The beer menu always features small batch varieties — try the wheat, fruit and spice ale — brewed onsite.

STOP 7 // Eataly :  Travel to Italy

Just down the street, the massive Italian gourmet market Eataly has a microbrewery and beer-themed restaurant called Birreria. If you’re lucky enough to snag a table (seating is limited and goes fast) you’ll be just 20 feet from the head brewer in action, who makes a killer IPA. Don’t leave without browsing the cheese and meat counters, which have Old World charm.

STOP 8 // Gino's Brewing Co. :  Have a Slice & Swig

You know Gino’s East for deep dish pizza, but what about drafts? On the first floor of the pizzeria, Gino’s Brewing Co. features house-brewed beer on tap. Check out the pairing menu so you know which brew to get with your ‘za (try the Black Rye IPA with the Jalapeño Deep Dish).

Transportation tip: CTA Red line ‘L’ train to Lake, Monroe or Jackson station

 

 

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