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5 of the Best Breweries/BrewPubs In Chicago

Thanks to talented and imaginative brewers, the growing popularity of craft breweries has captured the hearts and palates of beer lovers all around Chicago’s neighborhoods. From creative sours to stout lagers and artisan ales, you’ll find a seemingly endless variety of beers from seasonal to signature. It doesn’t hurt that dozens of them have delightful taprooms, menus, wi-fi, games, and special events. They’re also a great way to explore Chicago’s’ neighborhoods. Here’s our list of the five best breweries and brewpubs in Chicago. 

1. Goose Island Tap Room

Perhaps it’s the youthful energy of West Town on Chicago’s West Side that puts the Goose Island Tap Room at the top of our list. Goose Island brewers have been creating award-winning beers since 1988. They feature a long list of both year-round and seasonal beverages. A few of their most popular are the classic Goose Honker ale and Goose IPA and the innovative 312 wheat ale and Green Line pale ale. You’ll want to check out the full list before you go and also look for the fun activities they offer. Brush up for Movie Trivia Night or pack a smock for Paint Nite.

1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

2. Half Acre Beer Company

Unique shops, lively bars, and unique eateries all contribute to the vibrancy of Chicago’s North Center neighborhood. It has a Walk Score of 88, so plan on a stroll by 
4257 N. Lincoln Ave. to the Half Acre Beer Company for fabulous food to wash down with a selection from their list of craft brews. Choose from classic American micro styles, innovative beers of mixed fermentation, and weighted barrel offerings. Their notable brews include the Daisy Cutter pale ale, the Pony pilsner, or perhaps the seasonal Deep State double IPA. Burger fanatics will flip over their Double Double Burger with a half-pound of Angus beef and yummy fillings like Muenster and American cheese, red onion jam, and spicy aioli. 

4257 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618

3. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria has the reputation of being Chicago’s most popular brewery. It’s located in Wicker Park, one of the city’s best green spaces. This seven-barrel brewhouse has earned at least 28 medals at the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Signature favorites include the Swingin’ Single Belgian, the double IPA Overboard, and Golden Arm, a German-style Kolsch beer. Creators of this establishment realized that nothing goes with beer quite like pizza, so they developed a menu of signature pies like white pizza with olive oil and garlic, a barbeque pizza, and much more. 

1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

4. Alarmist Brewing & Taproom

No babysitter? That’s not a problem at Alarmist in the Sauganash neighborhood Chicago’s far northwest side. This brewery and taproom is family-friendly and welcomes kids and dogs on leashes. The kids are treated to juice boxes and Goldfish crackers, and dogs are likely to have a few treats tossed their way. The owners wanted to create an atmosphere for community gatherings so you won’t find any TVs in the taproom. Engage in lively conversations and enjoy top flagstaff brews like the Illinois-style Entrenched IPA and the Belgian ale Phobophobia Patersbier. You’re sure to notice their unique beer tap handles. They look like sticks of dynamite and were crafted by the owner and his son. They don’t have a kitchen, but food can be ordered in.

4055 West Peterson Avenue, Suite Rear, Chicago, IL 60646

5. Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lovely Douglas Park on the eastern end of North Lawndale is the home of hip music festivals and the Lagunitas Brewing Company. It’s a nationally recognized brewery with two other locations in California. It’s a great place to wind down from a game of golf at nearby greens or listen to live music in keeping with the theme of this Chicago neighborhood. They offer a number of beers on tap as well as in cans or bottles. Try the citrusy SuperCluster, or perhaps the sweet and sour Aunt Sally. Lagunitas offers an amazing menu of beer options. 

2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

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