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Old 06-20-2012, 05:23 AM   #1
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I will be up in Chicago next weekend for a wedding and am looking for things to do in the while in town. We are staying around the navy pier and I have been utilizing the rate beer places reviews for things to do around town. I figured I would put it out there for the forum for any suggestions. Already planning on searching some of the breweries I can't get down south (ie new Glarus, 3 Floyd's, founders). I have been to Chicago before so the usual tourist stuff I have probably scene, I'm looking for anything new. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Old 06-20-2012, 05:49 AM   #2
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Im not from Chicago but next time I visit Goose Island is high on my list of breweries to visit.

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Old 06-20-2012, 11:25 AM   #3
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Goose Island wrigleyville is pretty sweet. I went there last year after a cubs game. Really good food.

Two Brothers roundhouse in Aurora is good too. It's also in the same building as the Aurora trainstation.

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:07 PM   #4
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Took me 28 years of living here to make it to the skydeck in the 'sears' tower...if you get a clear day, make it up there...also, there's a bar that's free to get up there on the 96th floor of the hancock...may as well get a drink for the same price as getting to the observation deck.

I figured you have your beer plans down...

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Old 06-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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Revolution brewing++
Haymerket -
Goose Island at Goose Island ++
Rock Bottom - will do in a pinch
Food wise, check out the Fulton Market restaurants area, with Publican (with great beer list)++, and Girl and Goat. Hang on to your wallet though as those menus can drain it pretty fast. But, damn good food!

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Old 06-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #6
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New Glarus is in WI... a good 3 hours from Chicago. And only distributed in WI, AFAIK. But fantastic.

Goose Island Green Line is a draft-only, Chicago-only pale ale, one of my favorites...many city pubs have it.
Two Brothers is great out in the burbs - they're doing special releases right now to celebrate 15 years, some are pretty tasty.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:48 PM   #7
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If you go to 3 floyds get there right when they open. My wife and I thought we would be okay at 4 but the line was out the door and I've heard it usually is.

I'd just stay in the city or take the train if I we're you. Traffic can be a bitch especially because it's construction season. Even on a saturday.

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Old 06-20-2012, 04:53 PM   #8
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Check out Piece Pizza and Brewery in Wicker Park. Awesome beer and pizza.

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Well......without knowing your tastes in activities, in a city like Chicago that has pretty much everything it's a bit difficult to be specific. Since we're about beer here on HBT, and I think the breweries I'd visit have already been mentioned, how about some watering holes?

Hop Leaf: take Red Line North to Andersonville, on Clark just S. of Foster. Both beer selection and food are great.

Fat Cat Bar: On North Broadway just N. of Lawrence.

Map Room: If they don't have it on tap, no one else does, either. Armitage & Hoyne in Bucktown.

Clark Street Ale House: Old school, nice selection of beers, downtown W. side of Clar between Chicago and Superior. No food, but just a block or so from:

Cafe Iberico: Downtown, on LaSalle between Chicago & Superior. If you like tapas, go here and be gratified. If you don't know what tapas are, go here and find out at an excellent level.

Just really too many more to list...

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Rico has some good suggestions. I just moved away from the northside to MN and I miss Chicago. a couple of must-sees:

1. forget Goose Island (its allright, I guess) Head to the north end of the city you will find three things VERY worth experiencing. (ok more than 3)
a. Hopleaf, one of my favorite places to go, EXCELLENT beer selections
b. The Long Room, quieter than Hopleaf, almost as good a selection and a bit cheaper.
c. HalfAcre Brewery - one of the best micro brew places I have experienced. (their Over Ale is killer)
d. Metropolitan brewery - not bad, but if you are in the area.
e. Acre Restaurant - amazing food, specializes in rarer beers.

2. Two brothers and Flossmore Station from the burbs put out good brews, get some if you can find it.

3. The Celtic Knot, Irish pub up north in Evanston, bit more of a drive but I think the trains go up there. Great food, irish beer on tap, and awesome atmosphere. Sat nights they have live music (bluegrass sometimes).

I am jealous, have fun in the City!

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