The craft beer scene is exploding across the country and Lincoln Park is home to one of the pioneers that helped this movement really take off. But a visit to Lincoln Park for craft beer favorites doesn’t end at the iconic brewery with a bird in its logo. Local stores, restaurants and watering holes curate amazing lists of craft beers from the Midwest and across the country. Don’t miss these stops for a taste of some amazing selections.
Start at the brewpub where it all began in 1988 – Goose Island! Take a tour of their brand new, state of the art brewhouse and see how their brewery operates. After the tour, stick around for dinner and flight of your favorites.
Hungry for a great craft beer and meal pairing? With options ranging from pizza and burgers to small plates and more, Lincoln Park’s diverse dining scene has made the leap to ensure their guests have access to the newest and most popular craft beers available today. Visit Tapster Lincoln Park for Chicago’s first ever fully self-serve craft tasting room including beer, wine, cocktails, kombucha, coffee, and many other unique options. If you’re looking to keep it simple and maybe catch the game, head to Gaslight Bar (2450 N. Clark) for a slice of pizza or some mini tacos and a cold one.
How about a craft beer bar crawl? Start your adventure at Lincoln Station (2430 N. Lincoln), before making your way a short distance east to Delilah’s (2771 N. Lincoln), or Broken Barrel (2548 N. Southport) where you’ll find rotating taps of local and national favorites as well as specials and unique-to-Chicago decor. Don’t forget to try the craft selection at Maplewood Brewery (2717 N. Maplewood) and Off Color Brewing (1460 N. Kingsbury). Cheers!
Insider Tip: Happy hour is back! For decades the age-old tradition of drink specials during a certain time of day was illegal in Chicago. But 2015 welcomed it back, so scope out the deals before heading out for your favorite IPA.