Browse Our Recommended Pubs

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All Rise Brewing  Full menu Closed Monday Open 11am or earlier Brewpub. Bring your own food Growler fills available

Attached to the Cobra Lounge



The Bad Apple  David Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Has an unusual or regional beer on tap.

Excellent sandwiches, burgers, salads with tasty vegan and veggie options. 25 taps which change with good consistency.


Band of Bohemia  Full menu Closed Monday Brewpub. Growler fills available

Michelin Starred Restaurant and unusual but excellent brewery


Like a coffee shop but with a very good beer selection. Bring kids and food, hang out drink beer


Bottle shop and taproom with good selection -- beer to drink and beer to go.


Great upstairs party room


really dislike posting big chains but in this case Binny's does an amazing job trying to keep everything in inventory.


Bitter Pops  Dog friendly Bottle shop Growler fills available

Bottle shop and taproom with a good selection. Dog friendly taproom


Brewpub with bowling


Liquor store with an unassuming look that carries one of the best selections of craft beers in Chicago and elsewhere. Worth a visit!



Brewpub from celebrity chef (Rick Bayless). great beer, great food


German themed brewery


DryHop Brewers  Full menu Open 11am or earlier Brewpub. Growler fills available

Nice space with food and beer, affiliated with Corridor


Empirical Brewery  Closed Monday Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Growler fills available

Dog and kid friendly Taproom


Beer with well prepared food and creative beers.


Beer, Cider and Food


Lots of taps with local beers but really bad food, eat first.


Botanical Brewery with eclectic food.


Neighborhood pub/restaurant with great selection of beers and Scotch whiskies. Great rooftop deck.


1st brewpub in Chicago now big beer but still good.


Taproom at the production brewery with lots of space and tours.


Organic brewery inside a high end coffeeshop/restaurant. Nearest brewpub to Wrigley Field.


Larger facility with extensive menu and great beer. Right around the corner from Spiteful.


Eclectic burritos with some of the best beer in Chicago


Older brewery, always a crowd, food, poetry, beer and more. Try the beer go elsewhere to eat


Taproom in trendy neighborhood.


Belgian restaurant with huge world beer selection on draft. Good food, great beers. Belgian beers rule here.


Brewpub off the beaten path but worth the ride


great sandwiches and equally as good selection of beers. in the andersonville neighborhood.


Grateful Dead themed sandwich shop with a great collection of beers. Located in Lincoln Square, right on the square. Very child friendly.


Neighborhood pub, dog friendly and good selection of beers. Great place to hang out, bring your own dog, bring your own food!


Neighborhood bar/brewpub in a space where you not expect it. Specialize in German style beers but their guest list is well thought out with good variety. Kitchen closed on Monday. Menu looks great!


Taproom/Gallery/Event Space. Great beer no IPA's


Brewpub in a nice green industrial space. Lots of ipa variety and others.


Travel themed pub. Alcohol served after 11am.


Marz Community Brewing  David Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Closed Monday Brewpub. Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Bottle shop

Brewpub with creative brews and a great space worth the extra effort to visit.


Taproom with really nice space, specializing in german style beers.


Upscale brewpub with unique brews and food to pair with them. Worth the visit


Taproom with a variety of their own brewed on premises beers. Near McCormick Place Convention Center. Bring your own food.


Pour your own taproom. Never have been there but I believe you get a wristband and drink to your heart's content. Then you cash out at the end of the visit.


Great location for shopping and tasting


Large space that brews in house with good food and pretty good beer.


Taproom and event space with a good collection of brews


Brewpub by Horse Thief on far south side of Chicago with good collection of beer and foods.


Pizza and Beer Brewpub and does well at both. (started by a member of Cheap Trick)


Neither brewpub or taproom a bottle shop with some of Chicago's best brews, both their own and others.


Taproom and event space.


Brewpub with great food and one of Chicago's favorite spots.


Very good beer selection / OK food. Lots of youth in a large space.


Neighborhood pub with good food and small but well thought out beer list. Good food, great beers


Think meat and beer. Small but great beer menu and great food. Burger with brisket on top and other great things to eat


Taproom with great beers and around the corner from Half Acre


old school Chicago corner bar updated. nice old wood bar, good food, outdoor seating and a good collection of beers.


Taproom with games and communal seating and good brews. Have opened a second location in the south suburb of Homewood.


Bar and Restaurant with good beer selection and good food. Nice comfortable place to drink and eat well.


Organic and Creative Brewpub out of the way but worth the effort. Pasties and pizzas, great beer with best can designs in the city -- think cats…..