Sometime in the past few years, the Chicago craft beer scene took off. No longer content to drink macrobrews from other midwest cities, Chicago brewers started churning out beers in a variety of styles, from IPAs to sours to radlers. Whether you want to take a brewery tour, learn about which local beers to drink, or just find a great beer bar, we've got you covered.
Chicago brewery tours
These Chicago-area breweries all offer tours and tastings of their craft beers, but which are worth your time?
14 breweries for growlers
Skip the six-pack and fill up a growler with local beer at these area breweries
Best beer bars
Beer bars for every kind of beer-lover
Chicago and Midwest breweries are making their own versions of the easy-drinking beer
12 Midwest craft beers to drink on Thanksgiving
Not sure what beer to pair with turkey, mashed potatoes or pumpkin pie? We asked beverage directors and bartenders to help.
Brewmasters carve out their own styles
Goose Island, Three Floyds, Metropolitan, Piece and Two Brothers stand out from the crowd.
Mom-and-pop liquor stores stock great beer
Our favorite liquor stores with notable craft selections.
Sofie pairs well with (almost) every food
The local saison paired with asparagus, cherry pie, Roquefort cheese and more.
The Contrarian: A call for a craft-beer rebellion
One writer wonders if beer is losing its democratic appeal.
Chefs dive into beer-making
Chefs team up with local breweries for custom drafts.
Chicago brews can beat the best in the world
A panel of experts tests our best beers.
Seasonal American restaurants with badass beer lists
We match signature dishes to the perfect brews.
Be a cicerone at BYOB restaurants
Perfect pairings, from barbecue to Korean to Middle Eastern.
Bizarre beer labels
There's no accounting for some of the wacky, wild and just plain ugly beer labels out there.
Four new breweries are joining the beer scene
Introducing Argus, 5 Rabbit, New Chicago Brewing Company, Pipeworks.
Billy Goat beer
Who brews the Billy Goat’s mystery house beers?
Drink this now: Midwest beer reviews
Brown & Stirred
Pipeworks and Longman & Eagle team up for a Manhattan beer
Une Annee’s Enkel
Une Annee’s tart new beer is available in a 500ml bottle, a rarity in the Midwest
Only Child Brewing’s Eat Your Damn Vegetables
The former beer director for the Grafton now runs one of the city's smallest breweries
Two Brothers’ Domaine DuPage
Domaine DuPage is a classic, and there's a reason why
Off Color Brewing's Dino S'mores
All that's missing is the campfire
Eataly's new beers include this cardamom-laced brew
Former Goose Island employees open a brewery in Geneva
Spiteful Brewing’s Imperial GFY Stout
A new beer from the Ravenswood brewery packs a very bitter punch