Architect and author Neil Ginty talks about some of his favorite breweries that give you a front row seat to the brewing process.Read More
Visiting Chicago Breweries
Illinois is home to more than 220 breweries, and many of them are anchored in the Windy City and its suburbs. If you are visiting to discover craft beer, you’ll also find each neighborhood has its own vibe, from the Ravenswood district dubbing itself “Malt Row” to the newly-formed Chicago Beer District on the city’s West Side. Don’t hesitate to find Chicago brewery tours so you can try, and learn about, all the breweries and craft beer that make up the city.
Chicago’s Alarmist Brewing won the first-ever GABF gold medal in the Juicy and Hazy IPA category. One year later, the brewery founder talks about success.Read More
American craft brewers have never been shy about borrowing techniques from one style and applying it to another, and brut lagers are the latest example of stylistic exchange.Read More
BeerHoptacular is a celebration of American craft beer, Chicago beer culture and good (mostly) clean fun. On Saturday, September 28, 2019 the ninth annual BeerHoptacular returns with more beer, more attitude …Read More
Alter Brewing Company in suburban Chicago is getting the fest started this August with their fall seasonal lager Festbier. Inspired by the iconic brew served at Oktoberfest celebrations the world …Read More
When you meet the founders of Rabid Brewing in suburban Chicago, you realize this quirky brewery is a reflection of their imaginative and magnetic personalities.Read More
Explore Chicago Through Brewery Tours and More
There is a lot more to Chicago outside of craft beer. You should make a point to check out the city’s exciting food scene. Beer and food go hand in hand, and the city’s restaurants offer a variety of beers on tap. Various brew pubs in the city are creating ambitious beer and food pairing menus that’ll delight and inspire you.
The Windy City has an abundance to offer alongside touring breweries. Chicago is home to historic sports franchises, including the Bulls, Cubs, Blackhawks and Bears. Shop along the Magnificent Mile, take a stroll at Millennium Park, visit Navy Pier, or discover the diverse music scene. Exploring the city’s historic architecture by way of a boat tour is another popular stop for tourists.
Contributor Matt Osgood talks to Off Color Brewing’s co-founder John Laffler, who revels in eccentricity and yeast-driven brews.Read More
Illinois’ Hailstorm Brewing took home Great American Beer Festival gold for its IPA in 2017. But as writer Mathew Powers uncovers, there’s so much more to this brewery than IPAs.Read More
Go inside Flossmoor Station Restaurant and Brewery, the 20-year-old brewery housed in a former crumbling train station in the Chicago suburbs.Read More
Find Chicago Beer and Breweries
If you are planning to visit and explore Chicago’s craft beer scene, be sure to make our CraftBeer.com Brewery Finder your go-to online search tool. As more brew pubs and breweries open in the city, you’re able to stay up to date with them all using our Brewery Finder. Our interactive map is continually updated, making even the newest breweries near you easy to find. We know it can be nearly impossible to keep up with new openings, so let our powerful brewery search engine locate Chicago breweries and brew pubs for you.
Chicago Craft Beer News
There are many exciting things happening in the Chicago craft beer scene, as well in breweries and brew pubs across Illinois. Keeping up with the latest news regarding breweries and brew pubs will help you plan your trip, so continue to visit CraftBeer.com for updates on Chicago beer as well as brewery news across Illinois and the Great Lakes.