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A South Side Chicago Guide To Outstanding Breweries With Taprooms

Fresh beer on the South Side

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Chicago's South Siders have watched craft breweries and brewpubs saturate the North Side, leaving them wondering when they'd receive some love. Now that's changing as many brewers and restaurateurs have taken notice of the void.

"There's the same level of interest between the North Side and South Side when it comes to craft beer," said Mad Mouse Brewery's head brewer, Phil Zelewsky.

There's certainly room for development in many South Side neighborhoods, including the South Loop, where Vice District Brewing calls home. Co-owner Quintin Cole feels those neighborhoods are underrepresented: "Not only did we want to give the South Side a brewery, but we wanted to give people from the north a reason to come south."

Whether you're into IPAs, stouts, lagers, or porters, there's pours for everyone at these South Side breweries. They're listed in alphabetical order. Moody Tongue's taproom isn't quite yet open, which is why they're not on the list.

—Jaison Chahwala

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Baderbrau

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2515 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

From the ashes, Baderbrau rose—like the legendary Phoenix on that serves as the brewery's logo. Sox fans can stop by after games that end before 10 p.m. inside this converted warehouse. Enjoy their Chicago Pilsner.

2. Blue Island Brewing Co.

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13357 Olde Western Ave
Blue Island, IL 60406

Venture to the suburbs, along historic Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island Beer Co. features barleywine and barrel-aged ales on tap. Enjoy live music and open mic nights with beers you do not see often on tap. They have a BYOF policy which allows you to grab food from one of the many local places to enjoy with their great selection of craft brews.

3. Blue Nose Brewery

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6119 East Ave
Hodgkins, IL 60525
(708) 905-5198
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A very simple, low-key brewery located in suburban Hodgkins, Blue Nose Brewery serves up a very complex variety of craft beers worth venturing Southwest. Unlike most brewery taprooms, Blue Nose Brewery’s taproom has an array of bar games and activities to keep you and your friends busy in between pints. Whether its darts, foosball or pool, Blue Nose is a great place for an off-the-grid hang out for even most seasoned craft beer drinker.

4. BuckleDown Brewing

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8700 47th St
Lyons, IL 60534
(708) 777-1842
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Emphasizing on small-batch craft brewing, BuckleDown Brewing’s large selection of house and featured beers on tap provide the taste of hard labor and pride that would please anyone between connoisseur and social drinker. Their taproom suburban Lyons hosts live music nearly every weekend and has a BYOF policy that allows you bring or order food to the taproom. You can also catch various food trucks on some weekends.

5. 5 Rabbit Brewery

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6398 W 74th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638
(312) 895-9591
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The first Latin American-inspired brewery in the U.S. is located in Southwest Suburban Bedford Park. Five Rabbit Cerveceria is a brewery that integrates Latin culture and cuisine into the development of their craft beers. The Rabbit Hole Taproom has a wide variety of beers on tap, beers to go, and tacos on Thursdays. They often have food trucks and have a BYOF policy. Oh, and they made headlines for rebelling against Donald Trump.

6. Horse Thief Hollow

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10426 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643
(773) 779-2739
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One hundred fifty years ago, stolen horses were routinely delivered to the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side for sale. Fast forward to 2013, a brewpub opens in Beverly that bears the name of the trade. Horse Thief Hollow’s menu provides a southern flare and promises that everything on the menu is made from scratch from local farms. Their beers on tap include mainstays and seasonals and the leftover grain is used to make their popular malty soft pretzels.

7. Lagunitas Brewing Company

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2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608

When it comes to South Side breweries, Lagunitas, a California import that's made Chicago its second home, stands as one of the most recognizable and accessible craft beers on the market. Located where Pilsen meets Little Village, the taproom provides tastings, a full food menu and live music. Lagunitas’ kitchen takes pride in their ability to provide fresh organic food to pair with your beer without the use of microwaves or fryers.

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8. Motor Row Brewing

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2337 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

Staying true to the culture and grit of the neighborhood, Motor Row Brewing pays tribute to the Motor Row vicinity that was once home to likes of Al Capone, Marshall Field, the motor industry and the Chicago Blues scene of the 1950s and 60s. Motor Row Brewing sits in a landmark building and serves up some of the most interesting lagers and IPAs to satisfy your bitter cravings. Their taproom features live blues ensembles few nights a week. Taproom currently serves beer only.

9. Moxee American Kitchen/Mad Mouse Brewery

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724 W Maxwell St
Chicago, IL 60607

This restaurant/brewery has become a staple of University Village and a favorite amongst the students of UIC. Walking distance from many dorms, Mad Mouse Brewery boasts about a dozen of their own beers on tap, as well as some their craft favorites from around the world. A full barbecue menu is available at the attached Moxee Barbecue Cajun restaurant.

10. Vice District Brewing

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1454 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 508-3647
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The name pays homage to the neighborhood, which was formerly adulterated before development created the South Loop. Vice District Brewing is the spurious child of two South Side friends who loved brewing craft beer. Located in what used to a Buick showroom, it features a large taproom with a BYOF policy that encourages delivery.

1. Baderbrau

2515 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

From the ashes, Baderbrau rose—like the legendary Phoenix on that serves as the brewery's logo. Sox fans can stop by after games that end before 10 p.m. inside this converted warehouse. Enjoy their Chicago Pilsner.

2515 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

2. Blue Island Brewing Co.

13357 Olde Western Ave, Blue Island, IL 60406

Venture to the suburbs, along historic Olde Western Avenue, Blue Island Beer Co. features barleywine and barrel-aged ales on tap. Enjoy live music and open mic nights with beers you do not see often on tap. They have a BYOF policy which allows you to grab food from one of the many local places to enjoy with their great selection of craft brews.

13357 Olde Western Ave
Blue Island, IL 60406

3. Blue Nose Brewery

6119 East Ave, Hodgkins, IL 60525

A very simple, low-key brewery located in suburban Hodgkins, Blue Nose Brewery serves up a very complex variety of craft beers worth venturing Southwest. Unlike most brewery taprooms, Blue Nose Brewery’s taproom has an array of bar games and activities to keep you and your friends busy in between pints. Whether its darts, foosball or pool, Blue Nose is a great place for an off-the-grid hang out for even most seasoned craft beer drinker.

6119 East Ave
Hodgkins, IL 60525

4. BuckleDown Brewing

8700 47th St, Lyons, IL 60534

Emphasizing on small-batch craft brewing, BuckleDown Brewing’s large selection of house and featured beers on tap provide the taste of hard labor and pride that would please anyone between connoisseur and social drinker. Their taproom suburban Lyons hosts live music nearly every weekend and has a BYOF policy that allows you bring or order food to the taproom. You can also catch various food trucks on some weekends.

8700 47th St
Lyons, IL 60534

5. 5 Rabbit Brewery

6398 W 74th St, Bedford Park, IL 60638

The first Latin American-inspired brewery in the U.S. is located in Southwest Suburban Bedford Park. Five Rabbit Cerveceria is a brewery that integrates Latin culture and cuisine into the development of their craft beers. The Rabbit Hole Taproom has a wide variety of beers on tap, beers to go, and tacos on Thursdays. They often have food trucks and have a BYOF policy. Oh, and they made headlines for rebelling against Donald Trump.

6398 W 74th St
Bedford Park, IL 60638

6. Horse Thief Hollow

10426 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

One hundred fifty years ago, stolen horses were routinely delivered to the Beverly neighborhood of Chicago’s South Side for sale. Fast forward to 2013, a brewpub opens in Beverly that bears the name of the trade. Horse Thief Hollow’s menu provides a southern flare and promises that everything on the menu is made from scratch from local farms. Their beers on tap include mainstays and seasonals and the leftover grain is used to make their popular malty soft pretzels.

10426 S Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60643

7. Lagunitas Brewing Company

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

When it comes to South Side breweries, Lagunitas, a California import that's made Chicago its second home, stands as one of the most recognizable and accessible craft beers on the market. Located where Pilsen meets Little Village, the taproom provides tastings, a full food menu and live music. Lagunitas’ kitchen takes pride in their ability to provide fresh organic food to pair with your beer without the use of microwaves or fryers.

2607 W 17th St
Chicago, IL 60608

8. Motor Row Brewing

2337 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Staying true to the culture and grit of the neighborhood, Motor Row Brewing pays tribute to the Motor Row vicinity that was once home to likes of Al Capone, Marshall Field, the motor industry and the Chicago Blues scene of the 1950s and 60s. Motor Row Brewing sits in a landmark building and serves up some of the most interesting lagers and IPAs to satisfy your bitter cravings. Their taproom features live blues ensembles few nights a week. Taproom currently serves beer only.

2337 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

9. Moxee American Kitchen/Mad Mouse Brewery

724 W Maxwell St, Chicago, IL 60607

This restaurant/brewery has become a staple of University Village and a favorite amongst the students of UIC. Walking distance from many dorms, Mad Mouse Brewery boasts about a dozen of their own beers on tap, as well as some their craft favorites from around the world. A full barbecue menu is available at the attached Moxee Barbecue Cajun restaurant.

724 W Maxwell St
Chicago, IL 60607

10. Vice District Brewing

1454 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605

The name pays homage to the neighborhood, which was formerly adulterated before development created the South Loop. Vice District Brewing is the spurious child of two South Side friends who loved brewing craft beer. Located in what used to a Buick showroom, it features a large taproom with a BYOF policy that encourages delivery.

1454 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60605

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