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Best Places For Craft Beers In Chicago, Illinois, USA

Leo
Published Jan 30, 2019

Chicago is the most populous city in Illinois, USA. But despite its huge population and size, it’s one of the most popular destinations in the country. Last year it welcomed nearly 58 million visitors, becoming the second most visited city in the USA after New York. Chicago is famous for its Millennium Park, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park Zoo, Willis Tower, museums, improvisational comedy, universities, sports teams, food, and music. But beer geeks should know that Chicago is also famous for craft beer too, be it new varieties or those that stand the test of time. Check out the best places serving good craft beer in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

1. Piece Brewery and Pizzeria


Piece Brewery and Pizzeria opened back in 2001 when there was only one other brewery in Chicago. Since then it has been treating people with good quality lagers and ales produced in its seven-barrel brewery. Try the favorites like Top Heavy Hefeweizen, Full-Frontal Pale Ale, or the seasonal Festivus, and you will know why brewer Jonathan Cutler is so popular in the city and why Piece has won 28 medals at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. And yeah, they serve good pizzas, along with appetizers, salads, desserts, and sandwiches.

Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

Address: 1927 W. North Ave. Chicago, IL 60622

Website: Piece Brewery and Pizzeria

Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 11:00am-10:30pm, Thu: 11:00am-11:00pm, Fri-Sat: 11:00am-12:30am, Sun: 11:00am-10:00pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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2. Haymarket Pub & Brewery


This popular hangout is located where the world famous Haymarket Affair of 1886 happened. The Haymarket Pub & Brewery brewmaster Pete Crowley, winner of over 75 local, national and international brewing awards, is fascinated by Hops and Belgian beers. Walk into this place and you will find something to satisfy you, whether you like a Trappist-style ale, a crisp Pilsner, Imperial IPA, hoppy pale, or hoppy Belgian.

Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Address: 737 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60661

Website: Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Opening hours: Sun-Fri: 11:00am-02:00am, Sat: 11:00am-03:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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3. Beermiscuous


Beermiscuous, the “coffee shop for beer”, boasts an atmosphere you get in classic European cafes and casual American coffee shops. Sit beside the fireplace, work on your laptop connected to free WiFi, or just hang around with friends, and sip your favorite beer. Whether you are new to craft beer or an expert on being not sober, Beermiscuous’s beeristas are well trained for guiding you through its selection of more than 300 craft brews. They are located in Chicago and Highwood.

Beermiscuous

Address: 2812 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

Website: Beermiscuous

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 01:00pm-11:00pm, Fri: 01:00pm-12:00am, Sat: 12:00pm-12:00am, Sun: 12:00pm-08:00pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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4. Local Option


At Local Option, you will find 31 taps of happiness, good food with a focus on Cajun and Creole dishes, great bartenders, and good music. They are also famous for an excellent brewing program called Bierwerker, so you will find half a dozen of Local Option’s own creations on tap; different varieties are even available in bottles around town.

Local Option

Address: 1102 W. Webster, Chicago, IL 60614

Website: Local Option

Opening hours: Sun-Fri: 12:00pm-02:00am, Sat: 12:00pm-03:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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5. Kasey's Tavern


Kasey’s Tavern has been around since 1974, but the place is supposed to have been a pub from 1914. Visit the place to check out the good selection of beer on tap and in bottles, while peeking at one of the many TVs hanging above. They don’t have a kitchen but you can bring your own food or order something on the menu from Hackney’s nearby.

Kasey's Tavern

Address: 701 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

Website: Kasey’s Tavern

Opening hours: Sun-Fri: 11:00am-02:00am, Sat: 11:00am-03:00am

Average price for two people: 30 USD

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6. The Norse Bar


Opened in 2011, The Norse Bar boasts several varieties of craft beers, 12 on tap and many that cost just 5 USD (3.8 GBP). There are popular craft selections such as New Holland Dragon’s Milk and Founder’s Red Rye. There is no food here, but the Wii-equipped flatscreen TVs will keep you engaged with old-school Nintendo games. And yeah, they are also dog-friendly.

The Norse Bar

Address: 6334 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60660

Website: The Norse Bar

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 05:00pm-02:00am, Fri: 03:00pm-02:00am, Sat: 12:00pm-03:00am, Sun: 12:00pm-02:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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7. Bangers & Lace


Offering the feel of a Midwestern lodge, Bangers & Lace is a popular place to have craft beer, artisanal sausage, boutique wines, and cocktails while watching sports on TV. The classy bar has tall windows with lace curtains and 32 taps with pretty wooden handles that give out the brews you have heard before and also unusual brews from Dogfish Head, Great Lakes, Goose Island, La Trappe, and more.

Bangers & Lace

Address: 1670 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Website: Bangers & Lace

Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 02:00pm-02:00am, Sat: 11:00am-03:00am, Sun: 11:00am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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8. DryHop Brewers


Located in Lakeview East, DryHop Brewers specializes in hop-centric ales and boasts a fantastic gastropub menu, every dish inspired by the craft beer that it brews. You will be able to see the brewhouse and fermentation room on display behind the glass while selecting from a draft list of house and guest brews that change many times in a week. And you can also taste some wines as well.

DryHop Brewers

Address: 3155 N Broadway, Chicago, IL 60657

Website: DryHop Brewers

Opening hours: Sun-Thu: 11:00am-12:00am, Fri-Sat: 11:00am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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9. Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería


Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería specializes in ModMex lagers, great IPAs, and tropical wild-fermented sours, along with fantastic Oaxacan-style tacos and sides. Sit at the communal table in an industrial-chic setting with a view of the production area and order a drink of your choice and maybe also a half-cured flank of tasajo, chicken, or chorizo that comes with tasty accompaniments. They also serve an Oaxacan-style tlayudas, a huge 14-inch shareable tostada.

Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería

Address: 904 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607

Website: Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taquería

Opening hours: Mon: closed, Tue-Fri: 11:00am-12:00am, Sat: 10:00am-12:00am, Sun: 10:00am-09:00pm

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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10. Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery


Located in an 1888 building, Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery gives us a feeling that it has been there forever. It is made of wood, brick, and metal and you will see exposed bolts and iron fixtures. And they celebrate craft beer there, featuring 56 taps with 36 rotating craft beers. There are beers available in bottles and cans too. The food menu leans heavy on the meats; you are sure to find pork, lamb, and a lot of sausages.

Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery

Address: 733 N LaSalle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654

Website: Centennial Crafted Beer & Eatery

Opening hours: Mon-Wed: 04:00pm-02:00am, Thu-Fri: 11:30am-02:00am, Sat: 10:30am-03:00am, Sun: 10:30am-02:00am

Average price for two people: 11-30 USD

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Although there are a lot of places to find craft beer in Chicago, the ones above are some of the best. Maybe you can extend your vacation in the “Windy City” and pay a visit to all of them. Cheers!

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Leo is passionate about travelling, photography, and writing. If he's not doing any of those, he will be on the mat practicing freestyle wrestling or in his dojo doing Karate.

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