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Southport Corridor gains a comfortable neighborhood brewpub.

Southport Corridor is in the midst of a major overhaul, with openings that include a second Coalfire location, Vivial (from the Spencer’s Jolly Posh folks) and a future spot from restaurateur Billy Lawless (The Dawson, The Gage). The stretch has also gained a brewery in Corridor Brewery & Provisions, sister to East Lakeview’s DryHop Brewers. 

Rather than open a second DryHop, owner Greg Shuff opted to create a new concept, thereby launching a restaurant group and not a chain. It’s smart—Corridor has a different and well-defined focus and feel. Brewer Brant Dubovick and chef Joel Pillar do double duty at the two spots, with distinct beer and food at each. DryHop focuses on hop-centric ales, while Corridor hones in on farmhouse ales and hop-forward beers on its continually changing beer list. Wizard Fight is the only constant offering, and the velvety, bright nitro lacto IPA is a nice choice as a staple beer.

I used to live right by DryHop and ate more burgers there than I care to admit, so I was glad to see a burger on Corridor’s menu. It’s different, with two thin patties tucked around cheddar, mustard-herb mayo and piquant pickles—and also terrific. Where DryHop elevates brewpub staples, Corridor goes rustic, with likeable dishes like fried oyster po’boys, crispy and slathered with spicy remoulade, and fried cauliflower and curds tossed with Buffalo sauce, which were flavorful, if a tad underfried. Pizzas comprise most of the menu—made in the clay hearth oven, the thin crust is pliant, but a heavy dose of chorizo weighs down the onion and Brussels sprouts pie.

Come summer, look for a sidewalk patio—it’s just one more reason I expect to find myself on Southport a lot more these days. 

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Atmosphere: Corridor has a bicycle theme, with a bike on the wall and vintage bicycle posters. Big silver tanks in back confirm that you’re in a brewpub, while brick walls and a high ceiling with rafters add a rustic feel. The space is roomier and airier than DryHop, and more spacious for groups or families.

What to eat: Oyster po’boy, burger.

What to drink: The beers change regularly, so a good game plan is to start with a beer flight for the table. With a pour of each of the six beers on offer, the $16 flight gives you a chance to find your favorite and decide which beer to order as a full pint. Offerings include Sober Cannibal, a cherry-lime saison that channels Sonic’s cherry-limeade; Blame John Cusack, a Belgian Dubbel with caramel notes that's ideal for cold weather drinking; Nibble, Nibble Little Mouse, a pumpkin spice-walnut farmhouse beer that’s balanced and toned down; and my favorite, Too Old to Chase Rabbits, a spicy, malty biere de garde.

Where to sit: There’s bar seating, two- and four-tops up front by the windows, and big booths in back along the beer tanks, which are ideal for larger parties.

By: Amy Cavanaugh

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Venue name: Corridor Brewery & Provisions
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Address: 3446 N Southport Ave
Chicago
60657
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am-12am, Sun-Mon 11am-11pm
Transport: El: Brown line to Southport. Bus: 9, 152.
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tastemaker

Cool spot! I really like their space. They have outdoor patio for summer. They have good drinks and good food too. The best part is having Jeni's next door!

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Stopped in for brunch yesterday and loved it! The Bloody Mary was delicious and the garnish (salami, cheese, peppers, and a pickle!) was the perfect addition. We tried the frites in the mustard aoli, a breakfast pizza, and the chilaquiles and we were NOT disappointed. Even though this is a brewery, there are plenty of other options for non-beer drinkers so there was definitely something for everyone. Overall, we will definitely be back!




Love the flights of beer! The menu has some great pizza selections as well as salads, mussels and other snacks. All delicious and fresh! Outdoor sidewalk cafe is the perfect spot to sit on a summer day with a fresh craft beer.

moderatorStaff Writer

Much like its sister brewery, DryHop in Lakeview, the bites and beers here do not disappoint. The burger here was amazing, the perfect kind of burger to wash down with a beer (and the beer selection here offers plenty of opportunities to do just that). The venue is gorgeous and puts the brewing right in the center for everyone to see. 


Went here with a friend after some shopping in the neighborhood. We ended up grabbing a bite to eat and decided to try out their beers. The food was good bar cuisine and the beer was great. It's a really nice space and service was good!

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Corridor serves great beer. The new Southport Corridor brewery is an awesome little space (get there early) that's new to the Chicago scene and definitely worth checking out.