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33 Chicago breweries where you can get beer to go

Need something to drink while the bars are closed? Many Chicago breweries are selling beer to-go—and some of them deliver!

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With Illinois bars and restaurants closed to combat the spread of the coronavirus, you can no longer stop by your neighborhood watering hole for a drink after a long day. Thankfully, many of the best Chicago breweries are still producing delicious beer and cider—and they're selling it from their taprooms and warehouses (or offering to deliver to your doorstep). We rounded up a long list of breweries that are still peddling their wares in cans, bottles, growlers and kegs. And we'd be remiss if we didn't mention that some of the best bars in Chicago with the ability to sell packaged goods are also offering booze for pickup or delivery. Don't forget to tip generously, consider buying a gift card for a future visit and raise your glass to all of the brewers and industry workers who helped fill it.

Where to order beer to-go in Chicago

Marz Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
Bars, Breweries

Marz Community Brewing

Mckinley Park

The Marz Community Brewing taproom is continuing to sell its selection of beer and CBD elixirs, with a wide variety of cans and bottles on offer for walk-in customers. Delivery is available for orders of a case or more of beer as well as sixtels and 20-liter kegs—just shoot the crew an email at holla@marzbrewing.com.

Hours: Tuesday–Friday from noon–6pm

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Photograph: Tristan Zeier
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Half Acre Brewery Lincoln

North Center

Half Acre is offering curbside pick-up of cans, bottles 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 purchases and then arrive in front of the shop with something to cart your beer home in.

Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 11am–7pm

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Middle Brow Bungalow
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
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Middle Brow Bungalow

Logan Square

As long as your list includes veggies, beans, bread and beer, you can take care of some grocery shopping by stopping by 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 (you can also grab a pizza to go).

Hours: Varying hours, call ahead for more information.

Off Color Mousetrap
Photograph: Nick Murway
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Off Color Brewing's Mousetrap

River North

Whether you're looking for standbys like Apex Predator or a fancy bottle of Market Rate wild ale from 2018, Off Color's Mousetrap is open daily and offers brews to go (cases of cans and kegs are also available). Pre-order your beer via Off Color's website, which will soon offer delivery options.

Hours: Daily from 1–8pm

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Whiner Beer Company
Photograph: Courtesy Whiner Beer Company
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Whiner Beer Company

New City

Based out of The Plant near Back of the Yards, Whiner Beer Company's taproom is offering to-go beer, including six-packs (or cases) of its signature Bubble Tub kettle-soured saison.

Hours: Daily from 10am–7pm

Photograph: Sara Freund
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Dovetail Brewery

North Center

Need to stock up on European-inspired dunkels, rauchbiers and lagers? Ravenswood brewery Dovetail has cans, bottles, kegs and growlers (fresh glass only, and they're waving the price of the growler) available for pickup or delivery. You can even grab a few Underberg herbal digestives to go!

Hours: Most day from 1–5pm (check the Dovetail website to confirm availability)

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Moody Tongue: Aperitif Pilsner
Photograph: Morgan Olsen
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Moody Tongue Brewing Co.

Near South Side

Snag bottles or growlers of culinary-inspired brews like Frozen Banana Wheat Ale and Sliced Nectarine IPA from Moody Tongue's drive-thru at its new South Loop brewery. Orders can be placed by phone (312-600-5111) or by emailing contact@moodytongue.com. You can also stop by and see what's available.

Hours: Tuesday–Saturday from 2–9pm

On Tour Brewing Co.
Photograph: Courtesy On Tour Brewing Co.
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On Tour Brewing

River West/West Town

Place an order through On Tour Brewing's website and you can pick up your beer curbside at their West Loop location on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. Any order over $40 will qualify for free delivery on Friday, brought to your doorstep by a member of On Tour's sales team.

Hours: Thursday and Friday 4–7pm, Saturday 2-5pm

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Revolution Brewing Taproom
Photograph: Courtesy of Revolution Brewing
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Revolution Brewing Tap Room

Avondale

Head to Revolution's Kedzie taproom (the brewpub on Milwaukee is closed!) to get your Revolution Brewing fix. Make sure to order ahead through the Revolution website, then pull your vehicle up to the curb during the hours listed below and give the taproom a call—the crew will bring your beer out for you.

Hours: Wednesday–Sunday from noon–7pm

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Maplewood Lounge
Photograph: Nick Murway
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Maplewood Lounge

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 30 minutes of being placed, so you might still have time to grab a couple four packs for the evening.

Hours: Daily from noon–8pm

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Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery

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 interesting 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 you the new White Sox Golden Ale or vintage bottles of Bourbon County Brand Stout.

Hours: Wednesday–Saturday from noon–7pm

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Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

Pipeworks Dojo

Stock up on Ninja vs. Unicorn and other classic Pipeworks brews by ordering contactless curbside pick-up at the brewerie'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: Monday–Friday from noon–7pm, Saturday from 11am–5pm

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Empirical Brewery

Lincoln Square

Taking orders via GrubHub, Emperical is offering 10 different beers in cans, in addition to growler fills (the fee for fresh glass is waived) and barrel aged and sour or wild beers in 500 ml bottles.

Hours: Tuesday–Sunday from 1–6pm

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Lake Effect Brewing Company

Irving Park

This small Portage Park brewery is offering deliveries of beer and miniature pies from Fannie's Bakery. You can also swing by the shop to pick up bottles, cans and bombers.

Hours: Monday–Wednesday from 10am–5pm, Thursday–Saturday from 10am–7pm

District Brew Yards
Photograph: Zach Long
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District Brew Yards

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). This week, you can also score a case (24 16-ounce cans) for $50.

Hours: Daily from 1–7pm

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Alarmist Brewing
Photograph: Courtesy Alarmist Brewing
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Alarmist Brewing

North Park

Place an order on Alarmist's website and make a trip to Sauganash to pick up cans of the award-winning Le Jus IPA or Pantsless Pale Ale. Call the taproom when you arrive and someone will bring your beer out to your car.

Hours: Daily from noon–8pm

Half Acre Balmoral
Photograph: Nick Murway
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Half Acre Brewery Balmoral

Lincoln Square

Curbside pick-up has expanded to Half Acre's Balmoral Brewery, where you can order ahead online ;and pick up cans, bottles of wyld beer and kegs of your favorite brews. Half Acre is still canning some limited releases, so check back often to see what's new.

Hours: Daily from 11am–7pm

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Spiteful Brewing
Photograph: Nick Murway
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Spiteful Brewing

Lincoln Square

Located next door to Half Acre's Balmoral brewery (which is offering curbside pickup), 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: Daily from noon–8pm

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
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Alulu Brewery and Pub

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. Call 312-600-9865 to place your order and then pick it up at the brewpub.

Hours: Daily from noon–9pm

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Photograph: Matthias Merges
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Old Irving Brewing

Portage Park

Consult Old Irving Brewing online menu and then call in your beer order (773-916-6421) before heading over to the brewery to pick it up. For now, you can snag four-packs of cans and fresh growler fills of anything the bar has on tap. 

Hours: Daily from noon–8pm

Photograph: Nick Murway
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Cruz Blanca Cerveceria

West Loop

Rick Bayless's brewery is handling its to-go (and delivery) orders via Caviar, allowing customers to order six-packs, crowlers and tacos to enjoy at home.

Hours: Daily from 11am–7pm

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Eris Brewery and Cider House
Photograph: Courtesy Eris Brewery and Cider House
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Eris Brewery and Cider House

Irving Park

Eris is best known for its cider, but you can also grab beer to go by ordering howlers from the cider house's website. Place your order online and call ahead when you arrive—someone will bring your order to your vehicle.

Hours: Daily from noon–8pm

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Pilot Project brewery taproom
Photograph: Angela Conners Treimer
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Pilot Project

Logan Square

Call ahead (773-270-5995) or stop by Pilot Project's Logan Square taproom to grab cans of beer from the various breweries that produce beverages in this shared facility. Every purchase of $100 or more will receive a $25 gift card.

Hours: Monday–Friday from 1–7pm, Saturday and Sunday from noon–6pm

Photograph: Michael Kiser - Good Beer Hunting
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5 Rabbit Cerveceria

Suburbs

Need a bunch of beer? Make a trip south of Midway Airport to pick up cases of 12-ounce cans of Super Pils, Xicago, 5 Rabbit, 5 Lizard, 5 Vulture and Irónica for $35 or a case of 16-ounce Chinga Pelo cans for $50.

Hours: Tuesday–Friday from 1–8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am–4pm

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Piece Brewery & Pizza
Photograph: Bradley Danner
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Piece Brewery & Pizzeria

Wicker Park

With so many people stuck at home, Piece is still churning out plenty of its signature pizzas, but if you order by phone (773- 270-5995) or via Caviar, you can add a growler of beer to your order.

Hours: Monday-Wednesday from 11am–10:30pm, Thursday from 11am–11pm, Friday and Saturday from 11–12:30am, Sunday from 11am–10pm

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Right Bee Cider
Photograph: Courtesy Right Bee Cider
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Right Bee Cider

Hermosa

Add something sweet (or semi-sweet) to your fridge at Right Bee Cider, where you can stop in to pick up bottles, howlers and growlers of cider or order online to have your beverages delivered (within three miles of the taproom).

Hours: Wednesday–Friday from 4–8pm, Saturday and Sunday from 1–8pm

Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas
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Lo Rez Brewery & Taproom

Lower West Side

Stock up on cans and 64-ounce growlers (the kind you'll need help finishing) at Lo Rez in Pilsen, where you can also snag a cheese flight to-go. The taproom is currently accepting walk-ins, or you can order delivery via the Lo Rez website.

Hours: Daily from 4–7pm

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Forbidden Root
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Forbidden Root

East Village

Add some botanical brews to your fridge by calling Forbidden Root (312-929-2202) to arrange for carry out, delivery or curbside pick-up. Currently, the taproom has 32oz crowlers and four-packs of cans available.

Hours: Daily from 11:30am–9pm

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Begyle Brewing Company
Photograph: Laura Rote
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Begyle Brewing Company

North Center

Cans, bottles and growlers (new glass only, no refills) are available from this Ravenswood brewery. Visitors can stop into the retail store or call ahead (773-661-6963) for curbside pickup.

Hours: Daily from 11am–7pm

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