If Chicago is a city of neighborhoods, every neighborhood could benefit from a place like Vice District. It’s not the biggest brewery, it’s not the craziest, and it’s not lager-dedicated or hop-crazy or Belgian-inspired. It’s just a good local place that makes small-batch beer—and it’s definitely local, since within seconds of sitting behind the bar, I was immediately in conversation with someone who lived the next block over which restaurants you could bring in food from and her favorite options on draft. I want a brewery taproom like this on every third block in the city.
While I sat sampling a flight of beers, the brewer was talking to the staff and the patrons, an owner was hanging out eating dinner with his family, and regulars popped in and out. With a vibe this casual and welcoming, the beer is almost secondary, but Vice District has a couple of core beers you should try, along with a rotating selection of others that will bring you new reasons to make it to South Michigan Avenue.
The Everleigh ESB is a traditional bitter with creamy toasty malts topped off with some nice English hops that add aroma but not a ton of bite. The Habitual Black IPA has a plenty-aggressive amount of pine on top of some moderate dark-roast coffee notes while avoiding massive hop bitterness. Other options thus far include beers like a chocolate coffee stout, a molasses porter, a blonde ale and a couple Double IPAs. Growlers and howlers are available to go, making this a good option for hyperlocal Bears tailgate beers.
|Venue name:||Vice District Brewing||Contact:|
1454 S Michigan Ave
|Opening hours:||Tue-Thu 4-11pm, Fri 4pm-1am, Sat noon-1am, Sun 2pm-9pm; Mon private events only|
|Transport:||El stop: Red to Roosevelt.|
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Great neighborhood vibe. Love the owners take time to say hi to everyone. The metrosexual is by far my favorite beer.
Got to love a local brewery serving up amazing craft beer with a pile of board games and enjoying whatever food I decide to bring in for the evening.
I love beer and I could not ask for a better spot. The atmosphere is great and the beer is amazing. I enjoy the flights. I like how they brew their own beer. Pretty cool.
Dropped by with a few friends and had a great time! The now offer a variety of Mezcals and Whiskeys which were right up my alley since beer isn't really my thing. They have tons of board games and seem to be a destination for food trucks since they don't serve any food. I had fun, crowd was laid back and the atmosphere was light, I will def be back soon.