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Goose Island Brewing Flocks To O’Hare For New Bar

It’s not a brewpub

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A new concept from Goose Island is coming to O’Hare.
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There’s a new bar coming to O’Hare International Airport from Goose Island Brewing Co. No, it’s not a Goose-branded brewpub, the company’s reps said. But it will be a new spot where travelers can grab Goose Island beer at O’Hare’s Terminal 1.

A liquor license application revealed the news calling the project "Goose Island Bar." HMSHost is targeting the concept for Terminal 1, Gate B4. HMSHost is the company that licenses restaurant brands —like Publican and Tortas Frontera By Rick Bayless— for use at airports. They’ve been charged with improving airport dining, and O’Hare received an upgrade last month after The Publican Tavern opened. HMSHost didn’t immediately answer an inquiry.

When Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing Co. sold their brewpub division to the parent company of Budweiser in February, officials said it was in part because A-B InBev finally understood the value of Goose Island’s branded restaurants. It’s unclear what the plan is for this new project, as the rep couldn’t reveal more. Goose Island is familiar with O’Hare, as there’s already locations at Terminal 1's Gate C10 and Terminal 3's Gate L10.

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