Locals know there is a lot to love about Chicago. They enjoy the great views, great food and great local bars that make the city a special place to visit all year round. Many Chicagoans insist on taking visiting friends to the Windy City to try out many places that serve local beers and other brews Chicago has to offer. This is a year-round way to make a day or night out in Chicago something really special. Whether you have lived in Chicago all of your life or are just visiting for a while, take some time to taste some of Chicago’s best brews at these comfortable locations.
Goose Island Clybourn
1800 N. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
This longtime Chicago treasure is a favorite with locals and visitors from around the world. Goose Island has made itself famous by serving unique, delicious drinks that vary from classic to seasonal. The food is good too. Enjoy a meal like the lamb burger or a Cuban sandwich with your drinks. If you’re just stopping through Chicago, go for an original. Enjoy the real Goose Island Brewery on Clybourn.
Atlas Brewing Company
2747 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
Stop in at Atlas Beer Company and it may become your favorite place in the city. Not only does it serve eye-catching meals like the stout-braised beef and shortrib burger, it also pours some remarkable beers. Choose from an array of crafted beer like Atlas Golden Ale and Diversey Pale Ale while enjoying an afternoon out at Atlas Brewing Company.
Longman and Eagle
2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Longman and Eagle is a great way to enjoy regional fare—not only does it include local ingredients in its menu, it also adds drinks from local breweries to the drink menu. Enjoy Chicago brews like Metropolitan Brewing Krank Shaft and Revolution Anti-Hero. Longman and Eagle has an incredible dinner menu too, including entrees like roast Australian seabass and wild boar sloppy joe. Don’t forget its numerous whiskey flights which even feature local distillery Koval which has been in business in the Windy City since prohibition times.
Beetle Bar and Grill
2532 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
Enjoy local beers and great food at Beetle Bar and Grill on Chicago Avenue. This popular spot serves up local brews like Two Brothers’ Ebel’s Weiss and Half Acre’s Daisy Cutter. It also has a variety of food like fish tacos and steak salad that are worthy of a trip on their own. Bring your friends or coworkers with you to have a nice night out in an authentic Chicago way.
5148 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60640
Make a special night out at Hopleaf to experience some of Chicago’s best local brews. In addition to a menu like the organic Black Earth Farms brisket sandwich, Hopleaf also stocks Chicago-area brews like 5 Rabbit Huitzi and Half Acre Akari Shogun. Hopleaf is also open 365 days a year, so you can have even more opportunities to enjoy this great place.
Angela Hazen lives in Oak Park, IL. She has worked as a model in Chicago and studied broadcast journalism at Columbia College Chicago. She has traveled to Europe on several occasions, and keeps her readers up to date with local and international style, shopping, fashion and beauty trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.