The Best Breweries in the Chicago Area

Chicago is a beer town and is becoming more and more so each year, with several small brewers setting up shop in the city.

Here are some of the best breweries in the Chicago area.

Lagunitas Brewing Company
2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

The largest brewery in Chi-town not only offers great tasting beer, but also offers a chance to tour the facility that churns 600,000 barrels of beer each year. Guests are treated to a psychedelic light show before being taken to the tap room, suspended above the brewery floor. Here, you’re treated to a taste of all types of Lagunitas beer on tap, and baskets of free peanuts and pretzels. The current crowd favorite is the Aunt Sally, a sour that’s sweet, tart and sassy.

The tour also takes you around to see the actual beer making in action while getting free sips every few steps or so. Free tours are offered every day, but the 1pm & 3pm drinking tours are restricted to those over 21, so don’t forget to bring your ID!

Goose Island Tap Room
1800 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612

Goose Island founder John Hall introduced craft brewing to beer-loving Chicago in 1988 and hasn’t stopped since then. Recognized as Chicago’s most popular beer, the brand decided to open a tasting room on Fulton & Wood featuring some of its most well-loved and hard to find brews (think Bourbon County Brand Stout, IPA, Four Star Pils and the like) and tours of the brewing facility. Try the Gillian, a farmhouse ale-style beer.

Piece Brewery & Pizzeria
1927 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Pizzas and beer and milk and cookies are just some of the world’s best combinations. Piece Brewery & Pizzeria combines their famous thin-style pizza with their award-winning brews, with the pizza often overshadowing the beer. But, taken alone, their beers are still some of the best you’ll taste. Brewer Jonathan Cutler has over 16 years of brewing experience at some of the most well-respected breweries in the country, and has won the prestigious World Beer Cup Champion Small Brewery and Brewmaster Award, and continues to make good tasting beers like in-house brew Marketing Ploy.

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Revolution Brewing
2323 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Revolution Brewing’s Josh Deth paid his dues before opening Revolution Brewing in 2010. He starting out by cleaning kegs and scrubbing tanks, and picked up tricks of the trade to grow his business more quickly than he ever imagined. Located at the heart of Chicago, Revolution Brewing has two outposts: one Kedzie that offers tours and the freshest beers on tap, and the brewpub at Logan Square where you can get pizza and burgers to go along with beers like the award-winning Cross of Gold. Maybe if you’re lucky, the Rosa, a seasonal hibiscus ale, will be available.

Forbidden Root
1746 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Newly opened West Town brewery Forbidden Root is Chicago’s first botanical brewery that churns out beers that are incorporated with herbs and spices such as licorice and wildflowers. Hesitate not and never say never, especially after you’ve tried Sublime Ginger, a dry spiced beer, which is best paired with seafood.

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What are your favorite breweries in the Chicagoland area? Let us know in the comments below!

Author: Maddy Osman, an SEO Content Strategist who has a passion for blogging. Her lifestyle blog, ChicagoCheapAss, shows young adults how to find the best deals and values in Chicago!