First, they were industrial areas. Then came the foodie scene. Now these hot hoods are brewery hubs, too. Visit for that only-in-Chicago warehouse feel and urban energy. While you’re there, stop by a few galleries — another thing that makes this part of town so special.

Check out our Breweries Map & Itinerary.

STOP 1 // Forbidden Root Brewery :  Get Down to Earth

Turn due north and you’re West Town bound. Drop by Forbidden Root Brewery, where pretty illuminated jars of herbs line the walls — painting the picture for what’s in your glass. The specialty is botanic beers (think herbal lift and effervescence). It all goes well with rustic woody decor and gastropub fare like pork schnitzel sandwiches.

STOP 2 // On Tour Brewing Company :  Seek Out the Light

The bright and open taproom at On Tour Brewing Company, a former boiler company, is a slice of happiness in an industrial part of town. Soak up the good vibes. There are usually around eight beers to try, or you can get a growler (32 oz.) to go.

STOP 3 // Goose Island Brewing Company :  Begin With a Legend

Make no mistake: While now distributed worldwide and a part of Anheuser-Busch, Goose Island Brewing Company is a Chicago icon, through and through. Don’t miss it. Known for duck head-shaped taps (try the Honkers Ale, a distinct English bitter), its West Town brewpub is a welcoming space to sip, relax and dig into an andouille sausage.

STOP 4 // All Rise Brewing Company :  Get a Coffee Beer Buzz

Right off Union Park, live music venue Cobra Lounge has given rise to All Rise Brewing Company and a taproom where conversation flows. Its best known for Wonder Beer (a light-bodied fruity hop American pale ale) and also makes offbeat options like coffee beer.

STOP 5 // Randolph Street Market :  Market Break

Flea this scene: Randolph Street Market is a source of antique and mid-century decorative objects, jewelry, fashion and more. It’s full of endless curiosities and open the last weekend of each month — outdoors in summer! Make no mistake; this isn't your usual flea market. You'll be going head-to-head with international flea enthusiasts to nab that fabulous find.

STOP 6 // Carrie Secrist Gallery :  Gallery Break

Galleries abound. Don’t miss them. Go to Carrie Secrist Gallery for contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery for important avant-garde and emerging contemporary artists.

STOP 7 // Cruz Blanca Cervecería :  Bayless, Bayless, Bayless

Notable chef Rick Bayless is behind your next stop: the Mexican-influenced pub Cruz Blanca Cerveceria. It’s a brewery with a walk-up taqueria counter — grab a seat and toast to the complex flavors that Bayless masters so well.

STOP 8 // Haymarket Pub & Brewery :  Try a Theatrical Twist

Beer and performance — it’s the perfect pair at Haymarket Pub & Brewery, home of Chicago’s Drinking and Writing Theater. The troupe stages shows nearly every night and, no surprise, beer is involved. The 100-year-old building is full of charm — you can see the fermentation room through huge windows. Try the Bat Flips Black Saison.

Transportation tip: CTA Green Line 'L' train to Morgan or Clinton for West Loop. CTA Blue Line 'L' train to Division or Chicago 


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