Updated January 27, 2020.
I've decided I need to keep a running list of places that are still in planning or scheduled to open soon. 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.
Art History Brewing
649 W. State St., Geneva, IL
Currently in buildout in downtown Geneva. A brewery taproom with a beer garden, and planned exhibition space for local artists.
Brother Chimp Brewing
1059 W. Orchard Road, North Aurora, IL
Brewery currently formulating beers with Skeleton Key's SpareKeys incubator program, and at Pilot Project Brewing. Serving in various locations like Skeleton Key and Gammon Coach House in Batavia. Shooting for a 2020 opening at , at the Orchard Crossing Shopping Center. Formerly named Chip Monk Brewing.
18781 S. 90th Ave., Mokena, IL
Received their state brewer's license in January.
Burning Bush Brewery
4014 N. Rockwell St., Chicago (847) 858-0641
A taproom from Brent Raska, former pastor of the now closed First Presbyterian Church of North Riverside. They have brews, a city license, and are now awaiting the state licensing. Read more about it here.
Conrad Seipp Brewing Company
A planned return of one of the pioneers in Chicago brewing history, by one of Siepp's descendants. Still not much information.
Crushed by Giants
600 N. Michigan Ave.
A taco-centric brewpub space by the team behind Dryhop and Corridor. This downtown space was formerly occupied by Heaven on Seven. There is also an AMC Theatre in the building.
821 W 63rd St., Chicago
Steve Marchese and Lesley Roth, founders
A neighborhood bar, brewer, a social gathering spot. They've just completed an Indiegogo fundraiser that got $36,000 to help with their buildout.
Goldfinger Brewing Co.
513 Rogers St, Downers Grove, IL
Started by members of Poland's Goldfinger brewing family. Now building out in the former Perma-Seal office. This will result in four Metra BNSF stations in a row with a brewery nearby (Scallywag - Goldfinger - Emmett's - Alter), not to mention other stops near Lagunitas, Flapjack and Two Brothers Roundhouse.
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! Their Facebook page now says they're shooting for a "Winter 2020" opening.
Kishwaukee Brewing Co.
McConnell Rd., Cold Headers Industrial Park, Woodstock IL
Dan Payson is planning his own facility after working as head Brewer for Crystal Lake Brewing and Scorched Earth Brewing. Planned 7,500 sq. ft. production brewery with a taproom attached. Received its village liquor license in October. Looking toward a late 2020 opening.
Leaky Keg Brewing
Rolling Meadows, IL
Village approval for this microbrewery came in December 2019. Projected to open Summer 2020.
Milk Money Brewing
75 S. LaGrange Rd., LaGrange, IL
A "full service" brewery and restaurant in downtown LaGrange. Projected opening in March 2020, they are out offering samples, and investment opportunities.
113 W. North St., Elburn, IL
"A brand new concept serving beer, barbeque, and craft mead," a side project of the Lodi Tap House. Currently contract brewing at Crystal Lake.
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. Latest Facebook update in November 2019.
1757 N Kimball Ave., Chicago (312) 576-8137
"An artist collaborative, Scandinavian inspired, and culturally diverse brewery & taproom." Set for a spring opening in Humboldt Park.
Urban Forest Craft Brewing
6551 E Riverside Blvd. #112, Rockford, IL (779) 256-2978
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.
Some breweries that opened before I got around to adding them to the "Coming Soon" section.
480 S. Hammes Ave, Joliet
Production microbrewery with canned lagers and an IPA on shelves.
Nightshade And Dark's Pandemonium Brewing
216 W Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467
93 Octane Brewery
1825 Lincoln Highway, Saint Charles, IL (630) 549-0332
A packaging brewery & taproom, run by the ownership of the PRIDE chain of gas stations. Their beers are also sold through the station convenience stores (which also have a good selection of craft beers, as in no "Clamato Chelada!").