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20 of Chicago's Best Brewpubs and Brewery Tasting Rooms

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Chicago is a beer town, and the phrase has never been truer than in recent years. Ambitious brewers have set their sights to open up small-batch breweries to satiate everyone in this thirsty city. Get a taste of the hoppy, malty, and even sour stuff at these 20 breweries in Chicago or just outside the city that also boast tap, tasting rooms or even food.

For the 2018 edition, Baderbrau comes off after its closure and Cruz Blanca, DryHop Brewers, Sketchbook Brewery, and Whiner Beer Company come off to make room for worthy newer spots Ballast Point, Eris Brewery and Cider House, Marz Community Brewing, Metropolitan Brewing, and Open Outcry Brewing Company. Happy drinking.

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1. Temperance Beer Company

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2000 Dempster St
Evanston, IL 60202
(847) 864-1000
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Named after the fact that Evanston was once a dry city and the birthplace of Prohibition, Temperance's taproom celebrates the near suburb's newfound fondness for booze by serving a wide variety of fresh-brewed beer styles, from the Gatecrasher IPA to Greenwood Beach Blonde.

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2. 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. While Empirical is planning to sell or close its new brewpub with a full food menu up in Rogers Park, the taproom is where the beer is freshest. The food offerings are snacks but sometimes food trucks park outside.

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3. Band of Bohemia

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4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 271-4710
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The first-ever Michelin-starred brewpub, Band of Bohemia gives diners and drinkers food with fine-dining chops, an outstanding space, and terrific beers with a culinary sensibility.

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4. Old Irving Brewing Co.

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4419 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 916-6421
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The dream of one of Chicago's best-but-passed-away chefs, Homaro Cantu, lives on with help of his protege and his colleague on the Northwest Side. Expect good bar food, good vibes, and a rotating array of good beer that run the style gamut at Old Irving.

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5. Half Acre Beer Company

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4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 248-4038
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If you're lucky enough to grab a table, settle in with some board games and fresh beer at one of Chicago's top breweries. A standout food menu only adds to the allure at the uber-popular brewpub in North Center. Half Acre also has a newer and larger spot in Bowmanville.

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6. Begyle Brewing

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1800 W Cuyler Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 661-6963
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Chicago's first "community-supported brewery" is five years in with no sign of slowing down thanks to a shiny taproom and a solid lineup of core beers. Tours are offered every Saturday at noon for $10 and include a 13-oz tulip glass and samples.

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7. Eris Brewery and Cider House

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4240 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 943-6200
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Eris resides inside a former Masonic Temple in Old Irving Park. It’s a stunning brewpub with a neighborhood restaurant feel despite the high ceilings and massive windows. While it’s the city’s first cider house, there are some seriously delicious beers like Foiken Haze, a 2018 Great American Beer Festival medal winner named after co-owner Michelle Foik. There’s vegan- and gluten-free items, too.

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8. Revolution Brewing

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3340 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 588-2267
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Drink in the heart of one of Chicago's largest and beloved production breweries. The sister spot to its Logan Square restaurant offers a large assortment of brews alongside views of all the production action, as well as complimentary tours.

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9. 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.

10. Hopewell Brewing Company

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2760 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(312) 342-4391
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One of Logan Square's newest beer-drinking destinations and one of Chicago's top up-and-coming breweries offers house brews, such as a cold brew coffee beer and kettle sour, in an airy taproom that regularly welcomes food trucks, behind-the-scenes tours, and perhaps even events such as bocce ball.

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11. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

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1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-4422
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The thin-crust New Haven-style pizzas in Wicker Park often overshadow the award-winning beers. That's a shame. The crew at Piece have a variety of award-winning brews that go well by themselves or paired with the New Haven-style pie of your choice.

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12. Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

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1746 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 929-2202
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Botanical brews are the name of the game at this West Town brewery and restaurant. This means that beers are spiked with herbs and spices, from ginger to licorice and wildflowers. Some of Chicago's most unique beers and sodas can be found here, as well as some standout food.

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13. On Tour Brewing Company

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1725 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622
(312) 796-3119
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A newcomer in an industrial corridor in West Town, On Tour packs in crowds for crushable pilsners, weisses, and saisons as well as nitro selections and crowlers to go. Food pop-ups and trucks sometimes make appearances.

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14. 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 to open this gem of a tasting room that offers hard-to-find beers (think Bourbon County Brand Stout) as well as tours of the brewing facility. It's currently the top place to drink Goose Island — perhaps Chicago's most famous beer — despite its original Lincoln Park brewpub is back open after renovation.

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15. Ballast Point Brewing Chicago

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212 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 243-9570
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Southern California-based national favorite Ballast Point unveiled its Chicago brewpub in the heart of Fulton Market to great fanfare and big crowds. The space is large and feels less indie than most breweries, but it’s sparkling and features a rooftop deck. The beer list is large and includes seasonal brews in addition to summery Ballast Point favorites such as grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Moscow mule ale, and a red velvet stout. A full food menu is available.

The interior of an industrial-style brewpub with tall tables and a long bar. Ballast Point/Marcin Cymmer

16. Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(773) 522-1308
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The Midwest headquarters to national darling Lagunitas is not only the city's largest brewery, but also boasts an equally spacious brewpub and event space on the South Side. Here, enjoy Little Sumpin' Sumpin', spent grain brownies and live music before taking a tour of the facility.

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17. Moody Tongue Brewery

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2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 600-5111
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Former Goose Island brewmaster Jared Rouben, acclaimed for his many collaborations with Chicago's best chefs, has given Pilsen a sleek and decadent brewpub experience like no other. Like a chef brewing beer, Rouben's creations give beer food sensibilities with flavors including caramelized chocolate churro, meyer lemon, and his most famous and decadent brew, the shaved black truffle pilsner. The only food items served are oysters and luxe chocolate cake.

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18. Marz Community Brewing Company

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3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609
(773) 579-1935
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Marz founder Ed Marszewski continues to contribute to Bridgeport as the neighborhood of the future with this stylish brewpub in the middle of an industrial park just west of Sox Park. Find local art decorating the walls and DJs playing music that doesn’t suck. Beer nerds won’t have to stand in line for special releases as they can reserve select beer for pick up online. They also pour a cadre of Jungle Boogie (pale wheat with rooibos tea) variants.

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19. 5 Rabbit Brewery

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6398 W 74th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638
(312) 895-9591
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Dubbed America's first Latin-inspired brewery, 5 Rabbit's South Side taproom gives drinkers the opportunity to taste some of the most unique and drinkable brews in town that incorporate such flavors as guava, hibiscus, and cafe con leche-inspired.

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20. Open Outcry Brewing Company

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10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 629-6055
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This far South Side favorite draws crowds for fun beers, a full food menu, and spirits in a casual space in Beverly. Beers to try here include a PB&J brown ale and a milkshake IPA with peach. The food, which focuses on pizza, emerges from a kitchen designed to look like a food truck. A rooftop deck is under construction.

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1. Temperance Beer Company

2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202
Temperance Beer Company/Facebook

Named after the fact that Evanston was once a dry city and the birthplace of Prohibition, Temperance's taproom celebrates the near suburb's newfound fondness for booze by serving a wide variety of fresh-brewed beer styles, from the Gatecrasher IPA to Greenwood Beach Blonde.

2000 Dempster St
Evanston, IL 60202

2. 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. While Empirical is planning to sell or close its new brewpub with a full food menu up in Rogers Park, the taproom is where the beer is freshest. The food offerings are snacks but sometimes food trucks park outside.

1801 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

3. Band of Bohemia

4710 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, IL 60640
Band of Bohemia inside Marc Much/Eater Chicago

The first-ever Michelin-starred brewpub, Band of Bohemia gives diners and drinkers food with fine-dining chops, an outstanding space, and terrific beers with a culinary sensibility.

4710 N Ravenswood Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

4. Old Irving Brewing Co.

4419 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Old Irving Brewing Co. Sarah Joyce/Eater Chicago

The dream of one of Chicago's best-but-passed-away chefs, Homaro Cantu, lives on with help of his protege and his colleague on the Northwest Side. Expect good bar food, good vibes, and a rotating array of good beer that run the style gamut at Old Irving.

4419 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60641

5. Half Acre Beer Company

4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618
Half Acre Beer Company/Facebook

If you're lucky enough to grab a table, settle in with some board games and fresh beer at one of Chicago's top breweries. A standout food menu only adds to the allure at the uber-popular brewpub in North Center. Half Acre also has a newer and larger spot in Bowmanville.

4257 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

6. Begyle Brewing

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

Chicago's first "community-supported brewery" is five years in with no sign of slowing down thanks to a shiny taproom and a solid lineup of core beers. Tours are offered every Saturday at noon for $10 and include a 13-oz tulip glass and samples.

1800 W Cuyler Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

7. Eris Brewery and Cider House

4240 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60641
Nick Fochtman/Eater Chicago

Eris resides inside a former Masonic Temple in Old Irving Park. It’s a stunning brewpub with a neighborhood restaurant feel despite the high ceilings and massive windows. While it’s the city’s first cider house, there are some seriously delicious beers like Foiken Haze, a 2018 Great American Beer Festival medal winner named after co-owner Michelle Foik. There’s vegan- and gluten-free items, too.

4240 W Irving Park Rd
Chicago, IL 60641

8. Revolution Brewing

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

Drink in the heart of one of Chicago's largest and beloved production breweries. The sister spot to its Logan Square restaurant offers a large assortment of brews alongside views of all the production action, as well as complimentary tours.

3340 N Kedzie Ave
Chicago, IL 60618

9. 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.

3057 N Rockwell St
Chicago, IL 60618

10. Hopewell Brewing Company

2760 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Hopewell Brewing Company [Official Photo]

One of Logan Square's newest beer-drinking destinations and one of Chicago's top up-and-coming breweries offers house brews, such as a cold brew coffee beer and kettle sour, in an airy taproom that regularly welcomes food trucks, behind-the-scenes tours, and perhaps even events such as bocce ball.

2760 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

11. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Piece Brewery and Pizzeria/Facebook

The thin-crust New Haven-style pizzas in Wicker Park often overshadow the award-winning beers. That's a shame. The crew at Piece have a variety of award-winning brews that go well by themselves or paired with the New Haven-style pie of your choice.

1927 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

1746 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Botanical brews are the name of the game at this West Town brewery and restaurant. This means that beers are spiked with herbs and spices, from ginger to licorice and wildflowers. Some of Chicago's most unique beers and sodas can be found here, as well as some standout food.

1746 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

13. On Tour Brewing Company

1725 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622
Vanessa Buholzer

A newcomer in an industrial corridor in West Town, On Tour packs in crowds for crushable pilsners, weisses, and saisons as well as nitro selections and crowlers to go. Food pop-ups and trucks sometimes make appearances.

1725 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60622

14. 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 to open this gem of a tasting room that offers hard-to-find beers (think Bourbon County Brand Stout) as well as tours of the brewing facility. It's currently the top place to drink Goose Island — perhaps Chicago's most famous beer — despite its original Lincoln Park brewpub is back open after renovation.

1800 W Fulton St
Chicago, IL 60612

15. Ballast Point Brewing Chicago

212 N Green St, Chicago, IL 60607
The interior of an industrial-style brewpub with tall tables and a long bar. Ballast Point/Marcin Cymmer

Southern California-based national favorite Ballast Point unveiled its Chicago brewpub in the heart of Fulton Market to great fanfare and big crowds. The space is large and feels less indie than most breweries, but it’s sparkling and features a rooftop deck. The beer list is large and includes seasonal brews in addition to summery Ballast Point favorites such as grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Moscow mule ale, and a red velvet stout. A full food menu is available.

212 N Green St
Chicago, IL 60607

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16. Lagunitas Brewing Company

2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

The Midwest headquarters to national darling Lagunitas is not only the city's largest brewery, but also boasts an equally spacious brewpub and event space on the South Side. Here, enjoy Little Sumpin' Sumpin', spent grain brownies and live music before taking a tour of the facility.

2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608

17. Moody Tongue Brewery

2136 S Peoria St, Chicago, IL 60608
Marc Much/Eater Chicago

Former Goose Island brewmaster Jared Rouben, acclaimed for his many collaborations with Chicago's best chefs, has given Pilsen a sleek and decadent brewpub experience like no other. Like a chef brewing beer, Rouben's creations give beer food sensibilities with flavors including caramelized chocolate churro, meyer lemon, and his most famous and decadent brew, the shaved black truffle pilsner. The only food items served are oysters and luxe chocolate cake.

2136 S Peoria St
Chicago, IL 60608

18. Marz Community Brewing Company

3630 S Iron St, Chicago, IL 60609
Barry Brecheisen/Eater Chicago

Marz founder Ed Marszewski continues to contribute to Bridgeport as the neighborhood of the future with this stylish brewpub in the middle of an industrial park just west of Sox Park. Find local art decorating the walls and DJs playing music that doesn’t suck. Beer nerds won’t have to stand in line for special releases as they can reserve select beer for pick up online. They also pour a cadre of Jungle Boogie (pale wheat with rooibos tea) variants.

3630 S Iron St
Chicago, IL 60609

19. 5 Rabbit Brewery

6398 W 74th St, Bedford Park, IL 60638
5 Rabbit 5 Rabbit Brewery/Facebook

Dubbed America's first Latin-inspired brewery, 5 Rabbit's South Side taproom gives drinkers the opportunity to taste some of the most unique and drinkable brews in town that incorporate such flavors as guava, hibiscus, and cafe con leche-inspired.

6398 W 74th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638

20. Open Outcry Brewing Company

10934 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643
Open Outcry Brewing Company/Facebook

This far South Side favorite draws crowds for fun beers, a full food menu, and spirits in a casual space in Beverly. Beers to try here include a PB&J brown ale and a milkshake IPA with peach. The food, which focuses on pizza, emerges from a kitchen designed to look like a food truck. A rooftop deck is under construction.

10934 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

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