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Outstanding Breweries Worth a Drive Outside of Chicago

Break free of the city for a few hours and escape

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Chicago beer fans have plenty to discover outside the city. The suburbs and surrounding area are fertile with plenty of breweries with outstanding taprooms and attached restaurants. It’s the perfect escape from the city on a weekend day.

Get far from Chicago’s large buildings and find campfires, nature, and delicious beer that may not be available in the city. Here are a few great breweries that are at least an hour’s drive. Don’t forget to fill those growlers to take the memories back home.

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1. The Galena Brewing Co.

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227 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036

Galena is a popular tourist destination for Chicagoans, especially to see the changing colors in the fall. The brewery has been around since 2009 and a perfect rest spot after a long hike.

The Galena Brewing Co.
The Galena Brewing Co.

2. Tighthead Brewing Co.

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161 N Archer Ave
Mundelein, IL 60060

Tighthead offers 16 brews on tap, but it’s strictly a taproom. Bring your own food or order takeout. Try to get your hands on the Bear’s Choice APA, made with “aromatic malts combined with the mango and tangerine citrus from copious amounts of Mosaic hops.”

3. Phase Three Brewing

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932 Donata Ct
Lake Zurich, IL 60047
(847) 749-6693
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Phase Three’s special release routinely vanish in seconds off retail shelves. The Lake Zurich brewery, about an hour northwest of Chicago, is an IPA lover’s delight with varieties like milkshake and hazy available. The food is from nearby Kooker’s.

4. More Brewing Company

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13980 Automall Dr
Huntley, IL 60142
(847) 310-7530
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More Brewing also has a location in Villa Park; don’t confuse the two while making plans with your beer-loving friends. More, known for Henna, it’s line of imperial stouts, is one of Chicago’s more creative breweries with hazy IPAs and more.

5. Riverlands Brewing Company

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1860 Dean St Unit A
St. Charles, IL 60174
(630) 549-6293
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A short hour-long drive to St. Charles, Riverlands aims to make the area a beer destination with choices like an imperial stout called “Secret Burrito.” The food is provided by trucks, and it’s close enough to water where the brewery on occasion will host events.

6. Penrose Brewing

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509 Stevens St
Geneva, IL 60134

About an hour and 15 minutes west of Chicago in Geneva, Penrose Brewing is a great escape from the city. The Raspberry Dubbel is among the brewery’s favorites.

7. Greenbush Brewing

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5885 Sawyer Rd
Sawyer, MI 49125

Use the No Wait app to check in to avoid lines at this summer hot spot. Try to snag a seat at the new Annex, and sample some of the kitchen’s barbecue.

8. Solemn Oath Brewery

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1661 Quincy Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

The folks behind SOB in Naperville pack a punch in a tiny taproom. Food trucks serve customers, and there’s eight beers on tap. It’s not a quiet spot as management likes their music loud, but the beer’s tasty. The Snaggletooth Bandana, an American IPA, is a crowd pleaser. A Chicago location will soon open in Logan Square.

9. Metal Monkey Brewing

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515 Anderson Dr #900
Romeoville, IL

Known for its barrel-aged series of beers, Metal Monkey is a simple spot in an industrial park where friends hang out. The music’s loud and the Asmodeus is high ABV. Try if if you’re lucky enough to find it.

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10. 18th Street Brewery

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5417 Oakley Ave
Hammond, IN 46320
(219) 803-0820
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Across the state line, about 30 minutes in Hammond, Indiana, lies 18th Street Brewery, a gem of a brewery south of Chicago. There are locations in Gary and Indianapolis, as well, but Hammond features a full food menu with sours and IPAs on the tap list.

11. Werk Force Brewing Co.

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14903 S Center St #101
Plainfield, IL 60544
(815) 531-5457
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Plainfield is about a 40-minute drive southwest of Downtown Chicago. That’s where customers will find Werk Force, where food trucks like Chicago Pizza Boss will provide sustenance. Find a fall arsenal of lagers, sours, stouts, and more.

12. Hailstorm Brewing Co

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8060 186th St
Tinley Park, IL 60487
(708) 232-8072
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About 40 minutes southeast of Chicago in Tinley Park, Hailstrom offers beers and live music. A full food menu is not available, but there are snacks. Hailstrom’s tap list offers an array of stouts and IPAs. Many, including the popular Vlad series, are available in cans and growlers to go.

13. The Beer Hall at DESTIHL Brewery

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1200 Greenbriar Dr
Normal, IL 61761

The Beer Hall is a Central Illinois a destination. This facility features food, house-made sodas, and more. Find IPAs, sours, even the brewery’s own hard seltzer.

14. Scratch Brewing Company

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264 Thompson Rd
Ava, IL 62907
(618) 426-1415
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A five-hour drive to Southern Illinois in Ava, Scratch Brewing should be on the top of any Chicagoan beer lovers to-do list. Near Shawnee National Forest, the views are picturesque, but Scratch isn’t all flash without substance. In 2020, it earned a James Beard Award nomination — a rarity for breweries who compete against fine dining stereotypes and placed in the same category as wine and cocktail makers. That’s because the beer is produced with locally foraged and farmed ingredients. Find lovely farmhouse ales and lagers, the type of crisp offerings that city folks need in a sea of urban IPAs, sours, and stouts. Locally, the Beer Temple in Avondale taps the beer on a occasion if drinkers want a sample.

1. The Galena Brewing Co.

227 S Main St, Galena, IL 61036
The Galena Brewing Co.
The Galena Brewing Co.

Galena is a popular tourist destination for Chicagoans, especially to see the changing colors in the fall. The brewery has been around since 2009 and a perfect rest spot after a long hike.

227 S Main St
Galena, IL 61036

2. Tighthead Brewing Co.

161 N Archer Ave, Mundelein, IL 60060

Tighthead offers 16 brews on tap, but it’s strictly a taproom. Bring your own food or order takeout. Try to get your hands on the Bear’s Choice APA, made with “aromatic malts combined with the mango and tangerine citrus from copious amounts of Mosaic hops.”

161 N Archer Ave
Mundelein, IL 60060

3. Phase Three Brewing

932 Donata Ct, Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Phase Three’s special release routinely vanish in seconds off retail shelves. The Lake Zurich brewery, about an hour northwest of Chicago, is an IPA lover’s delight with varieties like milkshake and hazy available. The food is from nearby Kooker’s.

932 Donata Ct
Lake Zurich, IL 60047

4. More Brewing Company

13980 Automall Dr, Huntley, IL 60142

More Brewing also has a location in Villa Park; don’t confuse the two while making plans with your beer-loving friends. More, known for Henna, it’s line of imperial stouts, is one of Chicago’s more creative breweries with hazy IPAs and more.

13980 Automall Dr
Huntley, IL 60142

5. Riverlands Brewing Company

1860 Dean St Unit A, St. Charles, IL 60174

A short hour-long drive to St. Charles, Riverlands aims to make the area a beer destination with choices like an imperial stout called “Secret Burrito.” The food is provided by trucks, and it’s close enough to water where the brewery on occasion will host events.

1860 Dean St Unit A
St. Charles, IL 60174

6. Penrose Brewing

509 Stevens St, Geneva, IL 60134

About an hour and 15 minutes west of Chicago in Geneva, Penrose Brewing is a great escape from the city. The Raspberry Dubbel is among the brewery’s favorites.

509 Stevens St
Geneva, IL 60134

7. Greenbush Brewing

5885 Sawyer Rd, Sawyer, MI 49125

Use the No Wait app to check in to avoid lines at this summer hot spot. Try to snag a seat at the new Annex, and sample some of the kitchen’s barbecue.

5885 Sawyer Rd
Sawyer, MI 49125

8. Solemn Oath Brewery

1661 Quincy Ave, Naperville, IL 60540

The folks behind SOB in Naperville pack a punch in a tiny taproom. Food trucks serve customers, and there’s eight beers on tap. It’s not a quiet spot as management likes their music loud, but the beer’s tasty. The Snaggletooth Bandana, an American IPA, is a crowd pleaser. A Chicago location will soon open in Logan Square.

1661 Quincy Ave
Naperville, IL 60540

9. Metal Monkey Brewing

515 Anderson Dr #900, Romeoville, IL
Metal Monkey Metal Monkey Brewing

Known for its barrel-aged series of beers, Metal Monkey is a simple spot in an industrial park where friends hang out. The music’s loud and the Asmodeus is high ABV. Try if if you’re lucky enough to find it.

515 Anderson Dr #900
Romeoville, IL

10. 18th Street Brewery

5417 Oakley Ave, Hammond, IN 46320

Across the state line, about 30 minutes in Hammond, Indiana, lies 18th Street Brewery, a gem of a brewery south of Chicago. There are locations in Gary and Indianapolis, as well, but Hammond features a full food menu with sours and IPAs on the tap list.

5417 Oakley Ave
Hammond, IN 46320

11. Werk Force Brewing Co.

14903 S Center St #101, Plainfield, IL 60544

Plainfield is about a 40-minute drive southwest of Downtown Chicago. That’s where customers will find Werk Force, where food trucks like Chicago Pizza Boss will provide sustenance. Find a fall arsenal of lagers, sours, stouts, and more.

14903 S Center St #101
Plainfield, IL 60544

12. Hailstorm Brewing Co

8060 186th St, Tinley Park, IL 60487

About 40 minutes southeast of Chicago in Tinley Park, Hailstrom offers beers and live music. A full food menu is not available, but there are snacks. Hailstrom’s tap list offers an array of stouts and IPAs. Many, including the popular Vlad series, are available in cans and growlers to go.

8060 186th St
Tinley Park, IL 60487

13. The Beer Hall at DESTIHL Brewery

1200 Greenbriar Dr, Normal, IL 61761

The Beer Hall is a Central Illinois a destination. This facility features food, house-made sodas, and more. Find IPAs, sours, even the brewery’s own hard seltzer.

1200 Greenbriar Dr
Normal, IL 61761

14. Scratch Brewing Company

264 Thompson Rd, Ava, IL 62907

A five-hour drive to Southern Illinois in Ava, Scratch Brewing should be on the top of any Chicagoan beer lovers to-do list. Near Shawnee National Forest, the views are picturesque, but Scratch isn’t all flash without substance. In 2020, it earned a James Beard Award nomination — a rarity for breweries who compete against fine dining stereotypes and placed in the same category as wine and cocktail makers. That’s because the beer is produced with locally foraged and farmed ingredients. Find lovely farmhouse ales and lagers, the type of crisp offerings that city folks need in a sea of urban IPAs, sours, and stouts. Locally, the Beer Temple in Avondale taps the beer on a occasion if drinkers want a sample.

264 Thompson Rd
Ava, IL 62907

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