Brewery & Bar Activity During COVID-19 Closings: North Cook/Lake Counties

Brewery & Bar Activity During COVID-19 Closings: North Cook/Lake Counties
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April 28: I am working to keep up with the changing situations with brewers, brewpubs and stores during the “Shelter In Place” order, now in effect through May. The new class of “essential services” includes retail food establishments and brewers, so many of these places are trying to conduct business, at least on a carry-out or delivery basis. Many brewers are continuing to make beer for future sale.

Many restaurants have also reported that their to-go and delivery meals are selling out. I realize, though, that might be fewer sales than they’d see on a day of dine-in business, and that many places have had to furlough their front-of-house employees. Many establishments have set up a virtual “tip jar” or a GoFundMe to help their employees out. I have been reluctant to promote these only because the ‘Naut family is working through a tight money situation, as, no doubt, you are. But please check out your favorite spots and see what you can do.

Beerhead Bar & Eatery Schaumburg, 888 N. Meacham Rd., Schaumburg, IL 847-517-8300
Beerhead fans, you can still enjoy your favorites! Order by phone at 847-517-8300 for quick & easy curbisde pick-up. Order delivery through GrubHub, Uber Eats or DoorDash. We will continue to serve our community by providing great food and service to our loyal guests. From our family to yours, be safe!

Binny’s Beverage Depot, all locations.
Binny’s will resume business Monday 3/23 with the following store hours:
Elderly & Vulnerable: Noon-1pm
All Guests: 1pm-5pm
Binny’s is among retailers deemed essential during the COVID-19 response, and we continue to take COVID-19 seriously. Please have patience as we work to serve you, sometimes with limited resources.
We will continue to offer in store pick up for orders placed on and home delivery through
Some Binny’s locations have been temporarily closed to relocate employees to other stores.

Bosacki’s Brewery, 610 E. Hawley St., Mundelein, IL (224) 778-5400
We will be open for Growlers-To-Go, only, Thursday and Friday 4 to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 2 to 6 pm.
We will continue to sanitize all growlers that are brought in.

Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140
By popular demand, we are re-opening the taproom for curbside pickup Friday 3/20, from 12-3 p.m. We’ve created an order form to expedite the process and it can be accessed here.
Please send your orders to!

Crystal Lake Brewing, 150 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (779) 220-9288
The Crystal Lake Brewing tap room will be closed for on-premise service from Monday, March 16 through at least Tuesday, March 31.
During this time, the tap room will be open for “To Go” purchases, including 6-packs, growlers, t-shirts and other merchandise, as well as gift card sales. Our hours during this time are Mon-Fri – 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm; Sat-Sun – Noon to 6:00 pm
Growler Special: Growlers, in fact, will be on a special sale during this entire period. All growler fills will be $5 off their usual price, but we are also suggesting a $5 minimum gratuity for each growler filled. CLB is a family, and our beertenders (along with amazing beer) are our biggest asset. So, while tipping is not mandatory, we sincerely appreciate your support of both CLB and our team.
Drive Up Service: The tap room is being kept clean and we will be working to minimize wait times and avoid crowding, but if you prefer to stay in your car, please call us at 779-220-9288. We’ll send someone out to you to take your order.

Emmett’s Brewing Co., 110 N. Brockway St., Palatine, IL (847) 359-1533
Emmett’s is pleased to announce that starting this Friday 3/27 and Saturday 3/28, we will be open for pick up or DoorDash delivery from 4pm-8pm at our Palatine location.
We will be offering a limited food menu that can be purchased as a single order or a family pack that feeds 4. And if it couldn’t get any better – we can offer beer & wine to go! So, when you place your order make sure to grab some 6 packs and growlers of Emmett’s beer, or choose from several different bottles of good wine. Beer and wine are limited to pick up only. DoorDash cannot accommodate alcohol orders.

FIBS Brewing, 60 Howard Ave., Des Plaines, IL (847) 227-9790
Update, April 17: Crowlers are ready for curbside pickup or delivery to Des Plaines, Mt. Prospect, Park Ridge, Rosemont, and Elk Grove Village. If you’re outside of our zone, crowlers are still ready for curbside delivery at the brewery.
All 12 tap beers available!
Buy your fibs crowlers online and schedule your pickup. Pick up times are: Tuesday-Thursday 3-6pm, Friday and Saturday noon-6pm. If these times don’t work for you, call us and we’ll try our best to accommodate.

Firkin, 515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-367-6168
Update, May 12: We’re open! Curbside pickup & Delivery Mon thru Sat 4:00 to 7:30.
Order & pay online -Call us 847-367-6168 -Grubhub for delivery
Call when you arrive, park at our rear entrance. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Flesk Brewing Co., 200 Applebee St., Ste. E, Barrington, IL 244-655-7291
To-Go beer sales begin Friday! We will be open Friday from Noon till 5 pm and Saturday from Noon till 5 pm. There are two ways to pay and pick-up your beer;
1) Call ahead or from your car (224) 655-7291. We will be accepting credit card payments over the phone. We will check IDs at pick-up to verify the purchase as well as your age. We will be doing curbside / parking lot pick-up.
2) Come into the brewery to the counter and order To-Go. We will not be pouring any samples, Crowlers To-Go ONLY. You will pay then exit, no consumption on-premise.
Deals! Yes we will have deals. Buy 2 Crowlers get the 3rd 50% off. Or you can buy 3 Crowlers and get the 4th (of equal or lesser value) for Free.
We have a limited number of Crowlers and hopefully our delivery of more crowlers will arrive soon, but this is while supplies last. We will keep everybody informed of changes to this system.

Granite City Food & Brewery, 801 N. Plaza Dr., Schaumburg, IL 630-523-5700
As we all know, spring break is upon us and with schools temporarily closing in an attempt to control the spread of COVID 19 as well. We understand that it may present challenges to families in the communities we serve. We’d like to help.
If you are concerned about ensuring your children have lunch, stop by Granite City Food and Brewery. Every kid can receive a free lunch that contains a turkey sandwich, chips, and applesauce. Completely free, no other purchase is necessary. Just ask for a manager and we will be happy to make it happen. Available from 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. for the first 150 people.

Half Day Brewing Co., 200 Village Green, Lincolnshire, IL 847-821-6933
Parking lot pickup is here! Call in your order, pay over the phone, pull into our parking lot, call us from their, and have ID ready. This will go on while we are closed. We will be open for carryout and delivery 11am-8pm. Details about free delivery to be posted soon.

Harbor Brewing Co., 811 Sheridan Rd., Winthrop Harbor, IL
We will remain open on our normal days with limited hours moving forward for growler & howler fills. We will update you with those hours soon!

Holzlager Brewing Co., 150 S. Eastwood Dr., Woodstock, IL (815) 308-5901
We’re staying open for TO-GO sales ONLY. We’ll be open EVERY DAY during this shutdown: Mon – Thu: 10a -10p; Fri-Sat: 10a-11p; Sun: 11a-8p
You can come in during these hours to check the cooler and order Crowlers, filled fresh!
OR, you can pre-order your Crowlers for quick pick-up. Check our Facebook page for directions.
Update: We got word the McHenry County Health Department is allowing customers to enter taprooms to pick up beer. We will still make available curb side pickup. Place your crowler order at We’ll have your order ready at time of pick up. You can also call in your order.

Kuma’s Corner Vernon Hills, 925 N. Milwaukee Ave., Vernon Hills, IL (847) 549-6666
Update, May 9: On Friday, May 22nd, Kuma’s Corner Schaumburg & Kuma’s Corner Vernon Hills will reopen for Curbside Pick-up & Delivery!
We’ll be operating under a limited schedule and menu so please refer to the Kuma’s app for all available menu items!
Please consider placing your order directly through us via the Kuma’s app if you’re able to. Third party operations like Grubhub and Door Dash take percentages from each order. We love our customers and we appreciate your business no matter what, but going directly through our app will ensure that we see 100% of the payment.⠀
Receive $5 off your first order through the Kuma’s app with code: KUMAS5.
PICKUP: Kuma’s App, Website.
DELIVERY: Grubhub, Or Door Dash.
Ordering $50 or more?! Order ahead of time by sending your order to (must give at least 24hr notice)!
Please include the following info: name, phone #, what location, date and time of pick up or if you want it delivered, please include your address, items you would like to order (including burger temps and sides) and we will follow up with you promptly!

Light the Lamp Brewery, 2 S. Lake St., Grayslake, IL (847) 752-8489
We will be open for carryout and curbside service for food and beer. We will not be filling pre-used growlers. (We have new glass available for $3 or fresh new crowlers). Call 847-752-8489 to place an order. All tips will be pooled and distributed throughout our entire staff to help them during these uncertain times. We’re still working on delivery services for food and beer, stay tuned.

The Lucky Monk, 105 Hollywood Blvd., South Barrington, IL (847) 898-0500
We remain open for delivery and pickup, along with opportunities to stock up those growlers & howlers. We will run our similar hours of operation to accommodate guest’s needs to dine out beginning Tuesday, March 17th. We hope to see you at the doorstep or enjoying your favorite meal at home during this unprecedented time.
Hours of Operation: 11am-8pm Daily
Call for Carry Out and Catering Orders or Online through GrubHub and DoorDash for Delivery
As a way to appreciate your business and patronage at this time, we will be giving out $15 in Monk Bucks for phone in carry out orders of $50 or more. This $15 gift will be good to use upon our re-opening of the restaurant and used for dine in only.

Macushla Brewing Co., 1516 E. Lake Ave., Glenview, IL (847) 730-5199
Starting Tuesday, we will open a walk-up window for crowler pick up !! From 3-6 PM, pick up your favorite Macushla Beer and support small business. Tips are greatly appreciated at this time. Stay tuned for more information during this turbulent time.

Mickey Finn’s, 345 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 847-362-6688
Open for carry out and delivery Tuesday (Über Eats). Including beer! More details to follow.

Mikerphone Brewing, 121 Garlisch Dr., Elk Grove Village, IL (847) 264-8904
Starting Tuesday, we will be offering to-go sales only during our normal business hours. We will offer MOST of our draft menu in crowlers and their normal packaged options so that you can enjoy draft beer from home. Gift cards and merchandise are also available, and those sales will be incredibly supportive during this time. Feel free to call ahead to have us prepare your order so that it is ready when you arrive.
We will also graciously accept tips on to-go orders to help supplement the tips that our front of house staff will not be able to receive while the tasting room is shut down.
March 21: Well, there is no good way to break this news, so here it is…The 2020 SMELLS LIKE A BEER FEST has been canceled. The decision to cancel absolutely crushes me. I spoke with my crew, the city of Elk Grove, the mayor, and some brewery owners. With the state of the industry and the current spread of the virus, we came to the conclusion that canceling the fest is the responsible thing to do.

Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 555-1212
We will be closed until further notice. We do not believe the closure will be lifted on March 31. If events world-wide are any indication, more time will be needed. Once we are satisfied we have enough beer stockpiled to support re-opening, we will begin selling beer to go in cans or even 32oz howlers. In order to help our food vendors weather this period, we may also open pop-up to go services and let our customers order food and beer via messenger or text and then pick it up to go.

Only Child Brewing Co., 1350 Tri State Pkwy., Gurnee, IL 224-656-5241
Starting Tuesday 3/17, we will be open EVERYDAY of the week from 12pm – 7pm to offer beer for sale to go. In this time of difficulty & need, we ask that when you purchase beer to go, please remember that our Taproom staff rely heavily on their tips, & please consider how much less that will be without people staying & drinking in the Taproom. PLEASE TIP on to go purchases. This is a time when we all must stand together as a community, & support each other. We have decided as a company, to also donate 10% of all of our to go sales to put into a Tip Pool, that will be distributed to all of our staff, to help provide them with additional income while their hours are cut short for the remainder of the month.

Prairie Krafts Brewing Co., 1310 Busch Pkwy., Buffalo Grove, IL (847) 913-2828
March 22: We’ll be back for your to-go beer needs 4-6pm Tuesday-Thursday and 3-6pm Friday & Saturday. Six packs of Prairie Pilsner, Grove Amber Ale, Player 2 IPA and Trishul Pale Ale are available.
While we cannot fill your own growler, you can trade any existing growler/howler glass and we’ll give you a brand new one including a fill of any Tier 1 beer (8 choices available) for $16 (growlers)/$10 (howlers).
Tier Two and Stave Series beers subject to same terms but at regular prices. Kegs are also available for purchase.

Ravinia Brewing Co., 582 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, IL (847) 780-8127
We have switched our operations to Carry-Out, Curbside Pick-Up (please call upon your arrival), On-Line Ordering (available on our website), and Delivery (5-8:30 PM) Services! The Taproom will be open from 11 AM – 9 PM daily. Remember, we also have beer options to-go (six-packs and new howler options). And we encourage you to please tip the staff on our carry out receipts.

Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL 224-209-8472
We can continue to sell to-go beer in the taproom (four and six packs, bottles, crowlers and growlers, and kegs). Starting Wednesday, we will have new and limited hours of operation: Wednesday through Friday 3-7 pm, and Saturday & Sunday 1-5 pm. For the health & safety of our taproom staff, we will only be filling fresh growlers from the taproom (no personal growlers from home).

ShadowView Brewing, 2400 Lake Shore Dr., Woodstock, IL (815) 308-5600
March 24: We’re going to be doing CURBSIDE PICKUP ONLY this week. We will have the entrance on Rt 14 locked. A sign will be posted directing you to our rear entrance, by the bar area. If you are heading out to gather essentials, consider placing an order with us during any of the hours listed here.
Temporary Hours: Monday – Tuesday closed • Wednesday – Friday 3-8 • Saturday 12-8 • Sunday 12-7
Call 815-308-5600 to place your order. We only have one phone line so please be patient. We will also take orders curb side if needed. You can call ahead or call when your in our lot. Please state which one when ordering. We will let you know over the phone how long the order should take. We will need your car description so we can get you your order.
Drive to the rear of the brewpub. The door that’s on the bar side of the brewpub. Please stay in your car! We are doing our best to practice social distancing. We will only be accepting credit card payments for curbside pickup.
Our staff will be wearing protective gloves to not only deliver your order but to take credit cards for processing. Please be patient as we navigate through these new procedures. If you are sick or have been in contact with someone who is sick please wait before venturing out of your home.
For our beer availability please see our web site or Untappd app.

Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584
Update, April 23: We’ve made a few changes. Nothing drastic, but please take note:
Tues-Thurs: Delivery Only. No Pickups
Fri & Sat: Pickup in the Taproom & Delivery available.
Sun & Mon: CLOSED.
We are moving to contactless payment only. No Cash. Details on payment methods are in the graphic below. We will still have a tip jar on the pickup table, but encourage you to utilize the virtual tip jar on Venmo or our contactless payment system.
When picking up in the taproom, masks or face coverings are required. If you don’t have one, you can call the taproom & we will bring your order out to you.
Finally, we are no longer offering draft samples in the taproom. It would require removing your mask to drink it, and that’s not cool. We know you like to try before you buy, but you’re just going to have to trust us!

Sketchbook Brewing Co., 821 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 859-9051
The taproom will be open from Noon-8pm every day, including Mondays, until further notice. Packaged beer to-go, No growler fills. Walk-in, order online, or call your order in. Update: Delivery to Rogers Park, Evanston, Willmette, Skokie and Morton Gove.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., 1615 Oak Ave., Evanston, IL 224-999-7320
We will be open for the foreseeable future, FOR PICK-UP ONLY, from 12pm-8pm and until 9pm on Fri/Sat.
We’re playing all the hits- Packaged beer, growlers and howlers*, full BBQ menu, pizzas, limited sides, house salad, white bean dip and friggin poutine and more! Click the link below or visit and check out the Pick-Up Menu.
Call us ahead of time to place your food orders. Beer can be ordered on the fly or called ahead for growlers and howlers. Please be mindful of social distancing while ordering beer on site or picking up. We kindly ask you not order food in person and wait.
We will be taking payment via credit card only. Curbside delivery upon request. We will be working to eventually offer a delivery service. This will be an evolving process so please bear with us! We appreciate all the outreach and support for our establishment and the other local businesses that have been affected. New howlers and growlers only. We will accept your used (and clean) glass 32oz howlers and 64oz growlers and exchange them for a new one. We will not introduce a guest supplied vessel to our system. Sorry no canteens, water bottles, uKegs, etc.

Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000
It’s time for us to try the most American of food & beverage service — the Drive-Thru! We’ve figured out a way to get you the beer you need without having to wait in long lines and while maintaining as much social distancing as possible. This means that we will only be selling beer to go, and there will be no activities inside the Tap Room or brewery. Staff will be wearing nitrile surgical gloves and washing hands often. We will spray the cans with isopropyl alcohol before we hand them to you. We are also selling kegs! Got a kegerator at home? We are selling most of our beer in either 1/2 or 1/6 barrels. Email to confirm availability so that we can make sure we have what you want.

Ten Ninety Brewing Co., 1025 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 224-432-5472
March 26: To-go hours: M-F 12-3:30p – Beer & Wine to go, brewery entrance. • 4-8p – Beer, wine & food pickup. Saturday 2-8p. Sunday 2-7p

Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174
We are only selling beer to go until further notice. We will be open everyday from 4-8pm. If you prefer curbside pickup, please call the taproom with your order upon arrival.
If you would like to order a keg at this time please email your request to

Une Année Brewery/Hubbard’s Cave, 6343 W. Gross Point Rd., Niles, IL (847) 635-0655
April 2: Today we are launching our personal delivery service. Our new POS system @toasttab, has a great interface for taking delivery orders within the boundaries that we select (Golf, Foster, Caldwell, Greenwood). If your delivery address is within the boundaries shown in the photograph, we will deliver within 45 minutes. Sometimes it might be earlier. Please be patient with us on this first day of deliveries. Thanks for your support! Order for delivery at…

Village Vintner Winery & Brewery, 2380 Esplanade Dr., Algonquin, IL (847) 658-4900
The Village Vintner Winery & Brewery will offer FREE delivery on orders of $35.00 or more, This will include delivery of bottles of wine, growlers and 4-packs of cans. We are also offering curbside pick up in case you just really need to get out of the house.
Tuesday-Friday 5:00pm-9:00pm • Saturday & Sunday 12:00pm-9:00pm
Delivery ends 1 hour prior to the kitchen closing * Hours are subject to change * Free Delivery within 5 miles of Village Vintner (or $5.00 fee charged for delivery outside that area)
Wine club members, you’re welcome to pick up your wine or growlers during those hours as well. Simply use the Winebar enterance and we will help you with your wine pick up.

ZümBier, 3232 Monroe, Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313
Until 3/30 we’ll be doing package sales, curbside delivery, and delivery text ‘menu’ to 847-420-7313 to see what we have canned/bottled.


Kings & Convicts, Highwood; RAM Restaurant & Brewery, Rosemont.

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