Category: Craft beer bars

Get Nautical at Ironside Bar and Galley

Ironside Bar & Galley in the River North neighborhood mimics many of the pubs I have visited in Europe. You will immediately appreciate the patio featuring flower boxes, wrought iron accents, and hanging vines. I admire the unique, nautical themed decor, and even though there are numerous TVs, they didn’t make for a loud environment during... Read more »

Kasey's Tavern - Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Kasey’s Tavern is an unassuming neighborhood bar in the Printer’s Row/South Loop neighborhood. I was studying the top-notch draft list in advance and was on cloud nine after perusing the tempting options. Upon arrival, I was extremely impressed with Nicole, the sole bartender, who was taking care of customers inside and out. The moment I walked... Read more »

Alulu Brewery - Pilsen's Hidden Gem

Alulu Brewery and Pub is relatively new and an absolute hidden gem in Pilsen. When I heard about it, I was intrigued by the food as much as the beer. Upon arrival, I was immediately drawn to the open-air window and attractive patio. The moment I entered I felt at home with instantaneous acknowledgment from the staff.... Read more »
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Get Crafty at Bulldog Ale House

I discovered this newish venue by sheer accident due to the Lollapalooza takeover and so delighted I did. For starters, Bulldog Ale House (State Street location) has a killer patio, allowing you to hone your people watching skills. The wind was out of control during my visit, but not enough to make me move inside;... Read more »

Friendly Vibes at Bar on Buena

I discovered this easygoing watering hole in Buena Park when I lived across the street roughly eight years ago. They make it so effortless to be a repeat customer because it’s like hanging out at a friend’s house. Bar on Buena (BoB) is open and inviting with garage-style windows and a swell patio that welcomes furry... Read more »

Get Cozy at The Aberdeen Tap

I was seriously crushing on the new murals recently added to the Hubbard Street Mural Project. The weather was sticky and I was yearning for a beer to quench my thirst. Out of the blue appears this corner pub beckoning me inside. Upon entry, a Beatles’ favorite “A Hard Day’s Night” was playing and I... Read more »
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Fist Bump at Revolution Brewpub

Revolution Brewing produces interesting, top-rate beers and they are one of my favorite breweries. My recent visit to their fine Logan Square establishment was twofold – beer and street art. The brewpub is conveniently located within walking distance to the California blue line stop. The space is warm and inviting, and the tap handles are... Read more »

Location is Everything at Sweetwater Tavern

Sweetwater Tavern has a prime location on the Mag Mile with recently upgraded patios facing Michigan Avenue and Lower East South Water. The booths are roomy, adorned with lovely planters, and you will likely forget you’re in the middle of chaotic Michigan Avenue. While the venue is consistently abuzz, you will feel relaxed once you are positioned... Read more »

Let Your Eyes do the Talking at Ballast Point

I got wind of San Diego’s Ballast Point opening a brewpub in Chicago and I couldn’t stop panting when I read they had a rooftop patio. Summer is here, which means being outside as much as possible with a beer in tow. Bonus points for a patio that offers eye-level captures of the city’s skyscrapers.... Read more »
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Pride Parade With a Dash of DryHop Brewers

Another fabulous Pride Parade is in the books! Did you go? I wouldn’t miss it, because we all need more days filled with love, laughter, sparkles, floats, and confetti. The Balloons by Tommy were beyond impressive and one of my parade favorites. http://www.balloonsbytommy.com/ The Pride Parade never disappoints and is a place where you can let... Read more »