Discover Chicago’s vibrant craft beer scene as we take you on a journey through some of the city’s top breweries. From Moody Tongue, the world’s first brewery-restaurant recognized by the Michelin Guide, to Lagunitas TapRoom & Brewery’s 30,000-square-foot facility in Douglass Park, we’ll explore the flavors and stories behind these iconic establishments. Join us in raising a glass to Chicago’s craft beer legacy.
Moody Tongue has taken the craft aspect of brewing to new heights, and the culinary world has taken notice. In 2021, it was the world’s first brewery-restaurant to be recognized by the Michelin Guide, where it received two stars—a feat repeated a year later.
The largest independent craft brewery in Illinois, Revolution Brewing has more than three dozen beers available at any given time. The Logan Square brewpub features a full kitchen and the Avondale taproom offers snacks and tours of its 90,000-square-foot facility.
Haymarket Brewery plays on the local history by naming several of its products after the incident. Haymarket focuses on Belgian and American brewing traditions.
One of the world’s most famous breweries, Guinness opened up its second U.S. taproom inside a renovated West Loop railroad depot in September. In addition to bringing its stouts from the Dublin brewery, brews exclusive to Chicago are made on-site.
With 13 beers and an extensive food menu, Evanston’s Double Clutch Brewing Company has distinguished itself from the pack. In addition to the food and beverage, Double Clutch has a collection of rare and vintage cars on display.
For those who want the flavor of craft beer without the alcohol, visit Go Brewing in suburban Naperville. All of its brews are less than 0.49% ABV, and have fewer calories, carbohydrates and sugar than traditional beer.
Chicago’s celebrated craft beer scene wouldn’t exist without Goose Island, who kickstarted it with the opening of a Lincoln Park brewpub in 1988. Following its purchase by Anheuser-Busch InBev, Goose Island has since gone international but it still proudly calls Chi-town home!
Like Goose Island, Lagunitas is a pioneer in the craft beer industry, having opened in California in 1993. The company expanded to Chicago in 2014 with a 30,000-square-foot brewery in Douglass Park. The brewpub has 32 taps and a kitchen serving appetizers and sandwiches and live music.