Chicago Craft Beer Guide

CHICAGO | There’s a lot to be said for the depth and quality of craft beer on offer in Chicago. In fact, the Chicago Tribune reported that in 2017, the Chicago area was home to 202 breweries, more than any other metropolitan area in the USA. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone when it comes to beer in Chicago. Goose Island, which opened in 1988 is the city’s most famous craft beer name, and while some may disagree with the ‘craft’ label being applied to the name ever since AB InBev took over, there’s no denying that Goose Island still make great beer.

Another big player in the Chicago beer world is Heineken owned Lagunitas, who have their huge brewing facility and brewpub in town. If it’s independent beer you’re looking for, there’s loads of local breweries, like the popular Revolution and Half Acre. If it’s craft beer bars you won’t, there’s the no nonsense metal tinged bar Local Option, and the whiskey and craft beer mecca Fountainhead. And this is just scratching the surface.

We’ve tried to narrow down the list of what’s available down to our favourite craft beer brewpubs and bars in the city. Is there somewhere you think should be on the list we haven’t mentioned?

Also make sure you check out our Beer City Guides list for more ideas on where to find great beer in some of the world’s best cities.

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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