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Motor Row Brewing

Bars, Breweries Near South Side
5 out of 5 stars
(4user reviews)

For just about anyone not stumbling out of the nearby McCormick Place convention center, you have to want to make it to Motor Row. Planted way down at 23rd and Michigan, the average Loop drinker has to pass the likes of Vice District on the way down to this taproom and production facility, but once the new Baderbrau facility moves into their Wabash space maybe this corner of the Sloop won’t feel so beer-lonely. One you get there, though, you’ll find a plethora of hop-friendly beer options on tap.

The taproom features many different Motor Row beers, with mainstays including the light-bodied Reclamation Lager, the zippy clean hoppiness of the Out of the Loop India Pale Lager, and the Multigrain Zwickel with wheat and spicy rye. Other options on our visit were a “Coiffable” American Red with a fun fruit-punch tropicality to it, a Bi-Polar Bear Pale Ale that will please fans of Revolution’s A Little Crazy, a Belgian brown IPA with root-beer-barrel candy sweetness called Pander Bear and a chewy, hearty but not overwhelmingly bitter Never Ever Land IIPA.  

Growlers and howlers are both available. Street parking as well as a small lot across the street is available, food can be brought in and tours are not yet available though will be in the near future. As a production-first facility, Motor Row’s offerings are making their way into bars and restaurants across Chicago as well. 

By: Karl Klockars


Venue name: Motor Row Brewing
Address: 2337 S Michigan Ave.
Cross street: between 23rd St and 24th St
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 4pm-10pm; Sat 2pm-10pm; Sun noon-6pm
Transport: El stop: Green to Cermak-McCormick Place. Bus: 1, 4, 29.
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4.8 / 5

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I live in the area and didn't know about this place until I bought a groupon for a flight tasting! My boyfriend and I went last week and will definitely be back. The space is really small (probably only 10 available seats) and they don't serve food like most bars. It's literally just 8 options for craft beer on tap (they brew it in house and are very knowledgeable). A food place next door delivers for free, if you get hungry. Every Thursday the top floor features live jazz. Motor Row is a hidden gem in an up-and-coming area, and I'm sure everyone will know it soon. 

This place is a hidden gem in the South Loop. The building is incredibly nondescript but once you are in it is a great space. While the first floor is small, the open spaces on the second and third floors are great. Also, the staff is incredibly knowledgeable and willing to talk about their different products. My wife and I bought a growler to take home and found out that their Sunday special is a refill for only 8 dollars! Great spot and worth heading south for. 


The Southloop/Motor Row area is quietly becoming a destination for brewing. Between Vice, Baderbrau and Motor Row...each is able to give the consumer a completely experience. Motor Row has done exactly what their name says, they have embraced this up and coming neighborhood. This area (Michigan & 22nd) has some unbelievable Chicago history, everything from Marshall Field to Al Capone. In the 50's-60's it was the home to the world famous blues label, Chess Records. MRB pays tribute to this with Monday night's Blues and Brew. From 6-10 every Monday they have The Original Chicago Blues AllStars perform. It's a perfect way to kick back on a Monday night. 

The inside has a great bar with plenty of tables. They also have a upstairs area that would be perfect to rent out for a party. As for the important part, the beer, the do not cut any corners here. With 8 different styles, you'll always find something on draft that fits your style. You see out lot of influence from German and Czech brewing but they also have some blends and originals as well. My favorite is the New Phenix unfiltered lager. 

The only downside is that they have no kitchen but you can order food or bring your own!

I highly recommend this little gem as well…I'm a huge zwickel fan, and their India Pale Lager. 

Even if you're not at McCormick, it's worth a journey. Not too far from the Green or Red Line, and the cool buildings of Motor Row are a great side benefit.