The Southwest Side is on the rise. These distinct neighborhoods — from a vibrant, historically Mexican enclave to a homey hood in the shadow of Guaranteed Rate Field — have something in common: breweries that are worth the trip.

Check out our Breweries Map & Itinerary.

STOP 1 // Moody Tongue :  Delight Your Inner Foodie

Just a few blocks south in Pilsen, expand your horizons at Moody Tongue, where “culinary brewing” has elevated beer to an art form. In a former glass factory, beers like Applewood Gold are compared to sunshine; others, like Caramelized Chocolate Churro Baltic Porter, satisfy your sweet tooth. Also on offer: cake and oysters (for that salty-sweet balance). Tours are available Saturdays and Sundays.

STOP 2 // Bombon :  Sweet Tooth Fix

Indulge in a sugary treat at Bombon, one of the neighborhood’s original Mexican bakeries, where you can get a mini chocolate cake or tres leches, made using family recipes.

STOP 3 // National Museum of Mexican Art :  Culture Break

Wind your way through the galleries at the National Museum of Mexican Art, which has a colorful collection of Mexican artworks ranging from Pre-Cuauhtémoc to folk art.

STOP 4 // Lagunitas Brewing Company :  Tour and Hear Tunes

Go behind the scenes at the biggest brewery in Chicago: Pilsen’s Lagunitas Brewing Company. Tasting tours are given daily, so you can see how brewers make luscious potables like the wildly popular A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ (a hoppy pale wheat ale). But don’t spend all your time hanging out by the huge beer kettles — live music in the huge taproom may be waiting.

STOP 5 // Argus Brewing :  Shoot Stick and Sip

It’s all about the low-key vibe at the father-and-son-run Pullman's Argus Brewing, housed in the historic Joseph E. Schmitz distribution stables. Shoot pool while you swill an Argus Ironhorse, a malty and herbal brew that nods to the building’s horse-and-carriage days. Saturday afternoon tours are available.

STOP 6 // Whiner Beer Company :  Soak Up Patio Vibes

Newcomer Whiner Beer Company takes its own unique spin on things. Its Belgian- and French-inspired beers are aged in oak wine barrels and are known for their sour tang — perfect for enjoying on the back patio on a warm summer night. Whiner’s brewing methods are environmentally responsible; it’s located in The Plant, a net-zero energy business incubator.

Transportation tip: Halsted Street bus


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