Vice District Brewing

Bars, Breweries Near South Side
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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. 

By: Karl Klockars

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Venue name: Vice District Brewing
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Address: 1454 S Michigan Ave
Chicago

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.

tastemaker

The owners here are 100% awesome. This is like your neighborhood Cheers bar. OK not everyone knows my name but they are super friendly when you come by. Their beer, wines and cider are high quality and tasty...oh and cheap. They host a run club every Wednesday and 2x yoga plus monthly neighborhood nights. When we went to Portland, one of the owners gave us brewery tips for where to visit.


Board game heads, there's a selection of games so you can beat your mom or your bros at some drunken connect four.

tastemaker

The south loop is an amazing neighborhood (I may be biased) but one thing it is lacking is bars. Vice District was exactly what this area needed. Started by two guys who brewed in their basement for fun has turned into a beer lovers destination. The first thing you realize with this staff is they love their product. They're always asking consumers for their opinions and suggestions. It is the kind of place you can come to watch a game, or play one of the countless board games they have stacked on the wall (including battleship!). 


They have 6-8 beers you can find year round plus 2-3 rotating specials/seasonals. In the last few months, they have added wine and spirits as well...plus once a month they have a speakeasy night with specialized cocktails. On the downside they don't have a kitchen, but you can order from anywhere and on the weekends they'll have a food truck out front. On the upside, it is a very dog friendly place! They have huge retractable windows in the front so this makes for a great summer spot!


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.