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 Children friendly 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


Beermiscuous  WiFi available Children friendly Bring your own food

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


Beer Temple  WiFi available Children friendly Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Bring your own food Bottle shop

Bottle shop and pub built in. Good selection -- beer to drink and beer to go.


Begyle Brewing  WiFi available Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Bottle shop Growler fills available

Bring the dog, lunch and/or friends.....


Binny's  Open 11am or earlier Specializes in Belgian Beers Specializes in Czech beers. Specializes in Italian Beers Specializes in British Beers

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


Bitter Pops A David top pick  WiFi available Children friendly Open 11am or earlier Dog friendly Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Bring your own food Bottle shop Growler fills available

Bottle shop with a small pub built in. Very good selection. Dog and child friendly


BiXi Beer  Full menu WiFi available Children friendly Open 11am or earlier Brewpub. Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Growler fills available


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

Dog and kid friendly taproom, byof and they sell their own beer to go in bottles, cans, and growlers.


Beer, Cider and Food. Interesting mix of cider and beer cocktails.


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.


Goose Island Brewery  Full menu WiFi available Children friendly Open 11am or earlier Brewpub. Growler fills available

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.


Hopleaf Bar  Full menu WiFi available Has an unusual or regional beer on tap. Specializes in Belgian Beers Specializes in Czech beers. Specializes in German Beer Specializes in Italian Beers

Started off as one the best beer centric bars in Chicago way before the craft beer thing. Specializing in Belgian beer they then opened a Belgian restaurant which ultimately expanded to another open storefront. Good food, great beers. Belgian beers rule here. Do not bring the kids because they do not not allow them at anytime.


Brewpub off the beaten path but worth the ride


Jerry's   Full menu WiFi available Children friendly

Grateful Dead themed sandwich shop with a great collection of beers. Very child friendly. Super attentive staff.


Jerry's  Full menu WiFi available Children friendly Open 11am or earlier Has an unusual or regional beer on tap.

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!


Lo Rez Brewing  David Honorable Mention WiFi available Closed Monday Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Growler fills available

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


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


The Map Room  WiFi available Open 11am or earlier Specializes in Belgian Beers Specializes in German Beer Specializes in British Beers

Travel themed pub. Alcohol served after 11am.


Marz Community Brewing  David Honorable Mention Full menu WiFi available Closed Monday Brewpub. Bottle shop Growler fills available

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


Motor Row Brewing  Live Music WiFi available Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Bring your own food Specializes in Czech beers. Specializes in German Beer Growler fills available

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.


On Tour Brewing  WiFi available Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Bring your own food Growler fills available

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


Spiteful Brewing  David Honorable Mention WiFi available Brewery tasting room, may have limited hours. Dog friendly Bring your own food Bottle shop Growler fills available

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.


Village Tap  Full menu WiFi available Has an unusual or regional beer on tap.

Bar and Restaurant with great beer selection and good food. Nice comfortable place to drink and eat well. Local sports on TV


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…..