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Solemn Oath Still Life is heating up Logan Square.
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Chicago's Best Brewery Tasting Rooms

Where to drink craft beer straight from the source

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Solemn Oath Still Life is heating up Logan Square.
| Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Chicago’s craft beer industry continues to grow, even in the face of hard seltzer, and many local breweries offer spacious taprooms that provide the ideal backdrop for group hangs, a friendly space for families with young children, and a place to offer experimental brews.

This list is limited to breweries within the city limits without full kitchens and food menus. Customers at these taprooms rely on delivery, carryout, or a food truck parked outside. For breweries with kitchens, also known as brewpubs, check out this map.

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1. Illuminated Brew Works

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6186 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL 60631
(708) 669-7287
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IBW in Norwood Park has adopted a cult theme: the taproom is styled as a “secret” lodge and drinking IBW beer will make customers members of an illuminati. There’s a variety of beers on tap and a 10 percent discount to customers who ride their bikes to the taproom.

2. Alarmist Brewing & Taproom

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4055 W Peterson Ave, Suite Rear
Chicago, IL 60646
(773) 681-0877
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This dog- and kid-friendly taproom has a 18-seat courtyard that’s open seasonally. Find a good variety of lagers, ales, and sours on draft.

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3. Hopewell Brewing Company

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2760 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 698-6178
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One of the hipper taprooms in the city, Hopewell stands along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. Find pale ales, lagers, sours, and board games here.

4. Revolution Brewing

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3340 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 588-2267
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Revolution is the state’s largest independent craft brewer, and it recently purchased a new Avondale brewery with a cavernous taproom up a short flight of stairs. The space is ideal for large gatherings and the bar usually has a special draft offering — say a variant of Deth’s Tar, the brewery’s barrel-aged stout. There’s the occasional pop-up, but delivery is the best bet for food.

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5. Solemn Oath Brewery Still Life

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2919 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

Solemn Oath finally opened its Chicago location with a unique design that uses a ’70s rec room aesthetic. One of the more popular bars in Logan Square in 2021, the brewery is a good place for a date.

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6. Pilot Project Brewing

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2140 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 270-5995
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Pilot Project is a newish concept in Logan Square, one that serves as a business incubator for several breweries, allowing them to serve their beer as they hammer out production concerns and figure if they want their own locations. The space is beautiful and airy, though it tends to get jammed on weekends. There’s also a patio space next door. For folks who don’t want booze, there’s also a full espresso bar. There are currently six breweries on tap, including Indian-influenced Azadi and Brewer’s Kitchen which takes a culinary approach to beer making.

7. Metropolitan Brewing

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3057 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 754-0494
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One of Chicago’s local favorites recently opened this picturesque taproom right on the Chicago River on the Northwest Side to showcase its popular lagers. Metropolitan’s space is open and minimalist with a riverside deck to sip brews during the warmer months. This is great place to sip a lager and get some fresh air.

8. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

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2717 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 270-1061
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This dimly lit Logan Square pub hidden on a residential block is a tribute to Chicago dive bars. Find a good variety of styles and boozy slushies. Maplewood also makes its own spirits.

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9. Life on Marz Community Club

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1950 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

The Bucktown spinoff of the South Side brewery, Life on Marz gives the beer maker a footprint on the North Side and a place to sell packaged goods like beer and CBD sodas. The space is tidy and good for small groups. It comes with Marz’s signature quirks, including an LED banner that greets people in the vestibule.

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10. Midwest Coast Brewing Company

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2137 W Walnut St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 361-1176
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West Town’s Midwest Coast Brewing sports a cozy taproom that allows customers to construct custom flights with IPAs and lagers. Customers are welcome to bring in their own food or order delivery.

11. Spiteful Brewing Tap Room

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2024 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 293-6600
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A few steps away from Half Acre, Spiteful is a smaller operation with a great kid-friendly space that soaks up a lot of sunlight. It’s not a massive room, but it’s good for small groups, and it offers a decent variety of delicious beers.

Spiteful Brewing Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

12. Empirical Brewery Taproom

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1801 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 654-3104
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A relaxed and popular taproom on the Ravenswood brewery corridor, Empirical packs in neighborhood crowds for all types for fun, no-frills vibes and creative beers. Styles run from a drinkable cream ale to an imperial IPA to a pale ale with passion fruit. There’s also a beer garden.

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13. Dovetail Brewery

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1800 W Belle Plaine Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 683-1414
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Another brewery along the Malt Row corridor in Ravenswood, Dovetail specializes in modern interpretations of German-style lagers. The beer is refreshing and the space is friendly.

14. Begyle Brewing

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1800 W Cuyler Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 661-6963
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Begyle’s taproom is tidy and comfy, a good place to hang out for a point or a tasting. Brewery tours are also available. Begyle is known for its award-winning Imperial Pajamas.

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15. Goose Island Beer Co.

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1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612
(312) 226-1119
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It only took 20 years after Goose Island opened its Fulton and Wood facility for it to debut this gem of a tasting room that offers taproom specials as well as tours of the brewing facility. There’s also a huge depot of vintage bottles, some available for takeout. The tap list differs from the original Goose Island Clybourn brewpub in Lincoln Park.

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16. On Tour Brewing Company

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1725 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 796-3119
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On Tour packs in crowds for crushable pilsners, weisses, and saisons as well as nitro selections and growlers to go. Food trucks and pop-ups sometimes make appearances. This is one of the more beloved taprooms among beer fans in Chicago, and makes an ideal venue for a private event.

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17. Whiner Beer Company

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1400 W 46th St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 475-6189
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Whiner Beer broke into the mainstream with Le Tub, which it proclaimed the first beer designed for drinking while in a bathtub. What happens in the privacy of a drinker’s own home isn’t up for discussion, but in public, Whiner is known for its barrel-age brews, and it’s not just about the stouts. Find fruit beers, sours, and more.

18. Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom

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2101 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608
(888) 404-2262
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Located in Pilsen, Lo Rez’s philosophy is to offer modern takes on traditional styles. Inside the taproom, find ales, sours, Belgians, and more.

19. Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

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1460 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-2916
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This space has become a sanctuary in a quiet stretch of Lincoln Park. This taproom also has a full bar and cocktails, a rarity. The space tends to get loud as weekend nights go on, so get here early.

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1. Illuminated Brew Works

6186 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631

IBW in Norwood Park has adopted a cult theme: the taproom is styled as a “secret” lodge and drinking IBW beer will make customers members of an illuminati. There’s a variety of beers on tap and a 10 percent discount to customers who ride their bikes to the taproom.

6186 N Northwest Hwy
Chicago, IL 60631

2. Alarmist Brewing & Taproom

4055 W Peterson Ave, Suite Rear, Chicago, IL 60646
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This dog- and kid-friendly taproom has a 18-seat courtyard that’s open seasonally. Find a good variety of lagers, ales, and sours on draft.

4055 W Peterson Ave, Suite Rear
Chicago, IL 60646

3. Hopewell Brewing Company

2760 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

One of the hipper taprooms in the city, Hopewell stands along Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square. Find pale ales, lagers, sours, and board games here.

2760 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Revolution Brewing

3340 N Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Revolution
Revolution Brewing
Revolution Brewing/Facebook

Revolution is the state’s largest independent craft brewer, and it recently purchased a new Avondale brewery with a cavernous taproom up a short flight of stairs. The space is ideal for large gatherings and the bar usually has a special draft offering — say a variant of Deth’s Tar, the brewery’s barrel-aged stout. There’s the occasional pop-up, but delivery is the best bet for food.

3340 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

5. Solemn Oath Brewery Still Life

2919 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Solemn Oath finally opened its Chicago location with a unique design that uses a ’70s rec room aesthetic. One of the more popular bars in Logan Square in 2021, the brewery is a good place for a date.

2919 W Armitage Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

6. Pilot Project Brewing

2140 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Pilot Project is a newish concept in Logan Square, one that serves as a business incubator for several breweries, allowing them to serve their beer as they hammer out production concerns and figure if they want their own locations. The space is beautiful and airy, though it tends to get jammed on weekends. There’s also a patio space next door. For folks who don’t want booze, there’s also a full espresso bar. There are currently six breweries on tap, including Indian-influenced Azadi and Brewer’s Kitchen which takes a culinary approach to beer making.

2140 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

7. Metropolitan Brewing

3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618

One of Chicago’s local favorites recently opened this picturesque taproom right on the Chicago River on the Northwest Side to showcase its popular lagers. Metropolitan’s space is open and minimalist with a riverside deck to sip brews during the warmer months. This is great place to sip a lager and get some fresh air.

3057 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618

8. Maplewood Brewery & Distillery

2717 N Maplewood Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Maplewood Lounge Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This dimly lit Logan Square pub hidden on a residential block is a tribute to Chicago dive bars. Find a good variety of styles and boozy slushies. Maplewood also makes its own spirits.

2717 N Maplewood Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

9. Life on Marz Community Club

1950 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
An empty bar. Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

The Bucktown spinoff of the South Side brewery, Life on Marz gives the beer maker a footprint on the North Side and a place to sell packaged goods like beer and CBD sodas. The space is tidy and good for small groups. It comes with Marz’s signature quirks, including an LED banner that greets people in the vestibule.

1950 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

10. Midwest Coast Brewing Company

2137 W Walnut St, Chicago, IL 60612

West Town’s Midwest Coast Brewing sports a cozy taproom that allows customers to construct custom flights with IPAs and lagers. Customers are welcome to bring in their own food or order delivery.

2137 W Walnut St
Chicago, IL 60612

11. Spiteful Brewing Tap Room

2024 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Spiteful Brewing Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

A few steps away from Half Acre, Spiteful is a smaller operation with a great kid-friendly space that soaks up a lot of sunlight. It’s not a massive room, but it’s good for small groups, and it offers a decent variety of delicious beers.

2024 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

12. Empirical Brewery Taproom

1801 W Foster Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Empirical Empirical Brewing Company/Facebook

A relaxed and popular taproom on the Ravenswood brewery corridor, Empirical packs in neighborhood crowds for all types for fun, no-frills vibes and creative beers. Styles run from a drinkable cream ale to an imperial IPA to a pale ale with passion fruit. There’s also a beer garden.

1801 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

13. Dovetail Brewery

1800 W Belle Plaine Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

Another brewery along the Malt Row corridor in Ravenswood, Dovetail specializes in modern interpretations of German-style lagers. The beer is refreshing and the space is friendly.

1800 W Belle Plaine Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

14. Begyle Brewing

1800 W Cuyler Ave, Chicago, IL 60613
Begyle Brewing [Official Photo]

Begyle’s taproom is tidy and comfy, a good place to hang out for a point or a tasting. Brewery tours are also available. Begyle is known for its award-winning Imperial Pajamas.

1800 W Cuyler Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

15. Goose Island Beer Co.

1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612
Goose Island Beer Co. [Official Photo]

It only took 20 years after Goose Island opened its Fulton and Wood facility for it to debut this gem of a tasting room that offers taproom specials as well as tours of the brewing facility. There’s also a huge depot of vintage bottles, some available for takeout. The tap list differs from the original Goose Island Clybourn brewpub in Lincoln Park.

1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612

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16. On Tour Brewing Company

1725 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622
Vanessa Buholzer

On Tour packs in crowds for crushable pilsners, weisses, and saisons as well as nitro selections and growlers to go. Food trucks and pop-ups sometimes make appearances. This is one of the more beloved taprooms among beer fans in Chicago, and makes an ideal venue for a private event.

1725 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622

17. Whiner Beer Company

1400 W 46th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Whiner Beer broke into the mainstream with Le Tub, which it proclaimed the first beer designed for drinking while in a bathtub. What happens in the privacy of a drinker’s own home isn’t up for discussion, but in public, Whiner is known for its barrel-age brews, and it’s not just about the stouts. Find fruit beers, sours, and more.

1400 W 46th St
Chicago, IL 60609

18. Lo Rez Brewing and Taproom

2101 S Carpenter St, Chicago, IL 60608

Located in Pilsen, Lo Rez’s philosophy is to offer modern takes on traditional styles. Inside the taproom, find ales, sours, Belgians, and more.

2101 S Carpenter St
Chicago, IL 60608

19. Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap

1460 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

This space has become a sanctuary in a quiet stretch of Lincoln Park. This taproom also has a full bar and cocktails, a rarity. The space tends to get loud as weekend nights go on, so get here early.

1460 N Kingsbury St
Chicago, IL 60642

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