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35 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go

Need to stock up on beer? Go straight to the source at these local breweries offering bottles and cans to go.

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Chicago's breweries have been through a lot since March, when the initial "stay-at-home" order forced most businesses to close their doors and offer products for pickup or delivery. Some of Chicago's best breweries were able to welcome back guests over the summer, reopening spacious beer gardens and patios. But as the weather grows colder, outdoor drinking won't be as appealing and if you're apprehensive about indoor service, there's still a way to support your favorite local breweries. We've gathered a list of Chicago breweries offering beer (and cider) to go, whether you want to stop by and grab a six-pack or arrange for curbside pickup. With options all over the city, there are plenty of spots to grab some cold ones to enjoy while you stay warm in your home.

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  • Mckinley Park

The Marz Community Brewing taproom continues to sell its selection of beer and CBD elixirs, with a wide variety of cans and bottles on offer for walk-in customers. Curbside pickup is available if you order via the Marz online store, and delivery is available for orders of $45 of more—just shoot the crew an email at holla@marzbrewing.com.

Bottle shop hours: Tue–Thu 3–8pm; Fri 3–9pm; Sat, Sun 11am–7pm

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  • North Center

Half Acre is offering curbside pickup of cans, bottles, fresh growlers and a limited number of 1/6 barrel kegs from its shop on Lincoln Avenue. You'll need to order ahead on Half Acre's beer to go website, select a time to pick up your purchase and then arrive in front of the shop with something to cart your beer home in. You can also snag Dark Matter coffee and Half Acre merch.

Hours: Mon, Tue 3–9pm; Wed–Sun noon–9pm

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  • Logan Square

As long as your list includes beer, bread, produce and pizza, you can take care of some grocery shopping at the Middle Brow Bungalow. Check out the Middle Brow website to see what brews and baked goods are being offered, submit your order and then cruise by for curbside pickup.

Hours: Wed–Fri 2–8pm; Sat noon–8pm; Sun 1–7pm

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  • River North

Whether you're looking for standbys like Apex Predator or something that has spent months inside a barrel, Off Color's Mousetrap is open daily and offers brews to go (cases of cans and kegs are also available, with special discounts available). Pre-order your beer for pickup via Off Color's website or head over to Caviar to get it delivered to your door.

Hours: Daily noon–8pm

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  • New City

Based out of The Plant near Back of the Yards, Whiner Beer Company offers beer to-go whenever its taproom is open. It will also deliver its creative brews anywhere in the city for a flat $10 fee. Just email the brewery (info@whinerbeer.com) or slide into their DMs on Facebook or Instagram with your selections from the delivery menu.

Hours: Wed–Fri 4–11pm; Sat noon–11pm; Sun 1–8pm

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  • North Center

Need to stock up on European-inspired dunkels, rauchbiers and lagers? Ravenswood brewery Dovetail has cans and bottles  available for pickup—just order online. The brewery's Dovetail Drops program allows customers to order beer to be delivered in neighborhoods throughout the city and suburbs.

Hours: Tue 1–6pm; Wed 1–8pm; Thu–Sat 1–9pm; Sun 1–7pm

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  • Logan Square
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You might need a Little Buddy to help you through these uncertain times, so submit your order through Hopewell Brewing Co.'s website and you'll be able to pick up some beer (or spring for delivery, $40 minimum plus a $5 fee). The Hopewell Supermarket is also open to walk-ins and is stocked with the brewery's latest trendy merch.

Hours: Tue–Thu 2–7pm; Fri–Sun noon–7pm

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  • Logan Square

Pull up Maplewood's online shop, select the cans, crowlers and bottles of whiskey that you'd like to purchase and then head to the Maplewood Lounge to pick them up. Orders are filled within a half-hour of being placed, so you might still have time to grab a couple four packs for the evening. And don't sleep on the Fat Pug Whiskey and Spruce Gin if your bar cart is running low.

Hours: Mon–Thu 2–9pm; Fri 1–9pm; Sat, Sun noon–9pm

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  • United Center

Sure, you can grab cans of 312 and Goose IPA at your local liquor store, but if you're on the hunt for some of Goose Island's more obscure beers, you'll need to head straight to the source. Order from the Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery's online store, call 312-262-4717 when you arrive and the staff will bring taproom exclusives and bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout to your vehicle.

Hours: Wed, Thu noon–8pm; Fri, Sat 11am–10pm; Sunday noon–8pm

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Stock up on Ninja vs. Unicorn and other classic Pipeworks brews by ordering contactless curbside pickup at the brewery's Dojo (3912 W Mclean Ave). Place an order on the Pipeworks website, pull up to the red tent and call 312-841-7574 to get your beer.

Hours: Tue–Fri noon–7pm; Sat 11am–5pm

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  • Lincoln Square

Taking orders via GrubHub, Empirical is offering a variety of canned beers, create-your-own six packs, growler fills (the fee for fresh glass is waived) and barrel aged, sour or wild beers in 500 ml bottles. If you're feeling charitable, order the New Style Community Lager—a portion of proceeds benefit local organizations like Brave Space Alliance.

Hours: Tue–Sun noon–8pm

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  • Irving Park

This small Portage Park brewery is offering deliveries of beer paired with miniature pies, BBQ sauce and other local goods. You can also swing by the shop to pick up bottles, cans and bombers.

Hours: Mon–Wed 10am–5pm; Thu–Sat 10am–7pm

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  • River West/West Town

You can get beer from Burnt City Brewing, Around the Bend Beer Co., Bold Dog Beer Co. and Casa Humilde in one place by ordering from District Brew Yard's online store and then stopping by to pick it up (delivery options are also available). Remember that Lillie's Q now serves out of District Brew Yards, if you want to add some brisket or pulled pork to your order.

Hours: Tue–Thu 3–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight; Sun noon–10pm

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  • Streeterville

A brewery just off the Magnificent Mile? This new spot (from the team behind DryHop and Corridor) might seem out of place, but if you're in the area, you can order ahead and stop by to pick up crowlers of hazy IPAs or an approachable Mexican lager.

Hours: Wed–Fri 3–9pm; Sat, Sun noon–9pm

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If you're craving a hearty burger alongside your Anti-Hero or Cross of Gold, you can order from Revolution Brewing's Brewpub on Milwaukee Avenue for delivery or pickup (you'll need to order through GrubHub). They may not have all the fancy brews carried at the Kedzie taproom, but they do offer fried cheese curds.

Hours: Mon noon-10pm; Tue closed; Wed, Thu noon–10pm; Fri, Sat noon–11pm

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  • Lincoln Square

Located next door to Half Acre's Balmoral brewery (which isn't currently offering beer to go, unfortunately), Spiteful is selling cans to go through its online store. Place an order, pull up at the curb, call the taproom and you'll have your beer in no time.

Hours: Mon–Fri 4–8pm; Sat, Sun noon–8pm

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  • Lower West Side

Alulu doesn't have cans or bottles, but it's filling growlers every day—and offering items from its delicious menu of food, including burgers, salads and sandwiches. Order on Caviar for pickup or delivery.

Hours: Wed, Thu 5–8:30pm; Fri 3–8:30pm; Sat, Sun noon–8:30pm

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  • East Village

Add some botanical brews to your fridge by ordering online from Forbidden Root. If you prefer wine, you'll enjoy the Wednesday Wings and Wine combos that are available to pickup.

Hours: Daily from 11:30am to 9pm

Hungry?

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We're officially over cooking. Anyone else? Lucky for us, some of the best restaurants in Chicago will bring the feast straight to your doorstep thanks to the modern convenience of delivery service. Whether you're craving pepperoni-studded pizza, crispy fried chicken, soul-soothing ramen or one of the tastiest burgers in Chicago, the options at your fingertips are nearly endless.

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