I've decided I need to keep a running list of places that are still in planning or scheduled to open soon. We've already had some more openings this winter, with Twisted Hippo, Black & Gray, Ike & Oak, 25 West, and others. This is a tally that I hope to update with each new brewery I learn about, and as the brewers listed below finally open their taps.
Arlington Beer Co.
19 N. Hickory St., Arlington Heights, IL
The brewery, from Itasca Brewing Co. owner Kathleen Egan, had been in the works for a few years, hanging on whether it would be required to serve food in its taproom. Latest information from Patch.
Black Lung Brewing Co.
An "alternating proprietorship" that will be brewing and distributing out of ZümBier in Waukegan. Currently one of the proprietors has their TTB brewers license approved.
Joshua Grubbs - President/Brewer
Chip Monk Brewing
Brewery currently formulating beers with Skeleton Key's SpareKeys incubator program. Serving in various locations like Skeleton Key and Gammon Coach House in Batavia. Expecting a location in the Fox Valley area.
821 W 63rd St., Chicago
Steve Marchese and Lesley Roth, founders
A neighborhood bar, brewer, a social gathering spot. Doing pilot brews, no opening set.
Garage Band Brewing
15025 S. Des Plaines St., Plainfield, IL (815) 592-4055
Craig Brazeau - Brewer
Aiming for a May opening, sharing space with Station One Smokehouse, that was formerly the Plainfield Fire Station. Mug Club memberships are for sale.
Howard Street Brewing Co.
1617 W Howard Street, Chicago, IL
Brewery with a 37-seat tap room and events space. Packages include a "Brew Your Own Wedding Beer." Hey, we did that years ago!
Mad Hatchet Brewing
913 Brookforest Ave., Shorewood, IL
Planned to open in spring. Currently brewing. Tap room has handles in place.
One Allegiance Brewing
10215 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge, IL
Set in or next to a strip mall just south of the Tri-State Tollway. Will feature an outdoor beer garden. Village inspections underway as of February 2019.
One Lake Brewing
1 Lake St., Oak Park, IL
Opening in spring, in the First National Bank of Oak Park Building
Phase Three Brewing Co.
Shaun Berns, Brewmaster, and Evan Morris, manager of More Brewing, announced their new startup in March. I had previously thought the location would be a former Chevrolet dealership off the Huntley exit of Interstate 90 (13980 Automall Dr.), but I've since been informed this location was being considered for a possible second More Brewing location.
Riverlands Brewing Co. (OPEN)
1860 Dean St. Unit A, Saint Charles, IL
Eric Bramwell - Head Brewer; Dave Marck - Assistant Brewer
A Grand Opening was held in March, with a ribbon curling ceremony scheduled for May 2..
Rt66 Old School Brewing
110 Bridge St., Wilmington, IL
Another "spring" opening, with posted photos of their buildout. This brewery has announced they will be donating their spent grain to Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie for the bison to enjoy. They have begun interviews for bartenders and staff, with an expected start in May.
Scallywag Brewing (NOW OPEN!)
41 N Cass Ave, Westmont, IL (773) 362-4590
Sew Hop'd Brewery & Taproom
One Union Special Plaza Suite 113, Huntley, IL
Another "Spring 2019" opening next to Union Special, maker of industrial sewing machines.
Two Hound Red
486 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn, IL
A brewpub serving lunch and dinner, with an outdoor patio claimed to be opening by summer. As of March 19, they are making beer and taking applications for kitchen and house staff.
Urban Forest Craft Brewing
6551 E Riverside Blvd. #112, Rockford, IL
Currently sampling at area events.
3545-59 W. Armitage Ave.
This Block Club Chicago article says a brewery is looking at a refurbished space that was once the Armitage Theatre, near the 606 Trail. It's only known that this will be a new tap room for an existing brewer.