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In these lockdown times there are still ways to partake in the Chicago beer scene. Most bottle shops, taprooms and breweries are offering curbside takeaway service. Order in advance and pickup from the locations. Pubs with a kitchen are offering takeway foods. Liquor stores are open on a store by store basis. Most transactions are credit card only.
Anything you can do to keep the hospitality business in business is a good step for the future of the industry. We have no clue how long it will last but plan on it being later rather than sooner.
Let's all help each other in a safe way.
Welcome to A Chicago Beer Guide. It is "A" beer guide rather than "The" beer guide because it in no way intended to be comprehensive. It is a "curated" site, which just means these are the pubs that a couple of beer geeks happen to like. We have one focus with this guide. That is craft beer, and nothing else. The aim of this guide is largely to assist the beer traveller with finding the best craft beers in the best places around Chicago. With this said most everywhere listed in this guide will have multiple places close by that have great food and good beer. Also close by Chicago, still accessible in many instances by public transportation are suburban or metro Chicago breweries and brewpubs. Will hopefully be adding a few of these as well. We have organized this guide using neighborhood names as is the custom in Chicago.
Who is this site for?
We've designed the site with the craft beer tourist in mind, but it is also just as useful for locals who want to find the best craft beers and the best places to enjoy them in. Irrespective of whether you're a local, or are in Chicago on a dedicated beer trip, or you are in town for other reasons (business, family trip, etc.) and just want to try some good craft beers, our pub guide will help you find the best places.
Navigation and general notes
You can browse our database by name or geographical area and eventually by points of interest. Each name is shown as it appears on the signage. .
We'll try to keep you up to date with new pubs opening and existing pubs closing (or being downgraded) in our news section.
While we endeavour to be as accurate as possible, things are forever changing so we can't guarantee everything on this site is up-to-date. We're just doing the best we can.
Other Beer Guides
In the footer below you'll find links to our other beers guides. Be sure and check them out. And you can find links to all our Beer Guide apps at BeerGuideApps.com