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Old 07-15-2010, 03:46 PM   #11
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Great thread guys, I'll be in Chicago in August to visit family - am planning on hitting Goose Island and will make a stop at the Map Room as well (and looking for suggestions in the western suburbs as well)
Lunar Brewery in Villa Park (Western burbs) makes great beer. They also have a great commercial selection. It is just a bar though, but you can order out for food. It is kind of Chicago tavern looking.
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Old 07-15-2010, 07:35 PM   #12
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Too bad you won't be here at the end of this month. Goose Island is hosting an AHA rally.
I will be there for this.

It will happen right on the last day of Siebel's Advanced Homebrewing Program, so the schedulle says that we end early on friday and all head out to AHA rally to crash the party
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Old 07-22-2010, 07:26 PM   #13
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I've enjoyed the several times I've been to Goose Island, both food and beer. The roof-top deck on the Rock Bottom downtown was a nice way to take a break in the middle of the afternoon. Only having visited Chicago a handful of times for a few days here and there, I can't be of much help on the hidden local gems.

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Old 07-23-2010, 09:58 PM   #14
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I will be there for this.

It will happen right on the last day of Siebel's Advanced Homebrewing Program, so the schedulle says that we end early on friday and all head out to AHA rally to crash the party
If you want to meet up, PM me. We can go out for a couple more after!
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Old 07-23-2010, 11:52 PM   #15
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If you get out to the far west burbs, check out "The Roundhouse" in Aurora. Higher in price, but has been good the times I've been there.

Also, there's a local brewery out here in the far west burbs called "Two Brothers Brewery" that has really good brews and added a restaurant to the front of their brewery (and a HBS...) that's worth checking out.

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Old 09-06-2010, 06:37 PM   #16
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Half Acre isn't a brew pub, but they make great beer and put on a fun tour on Saturdays. http://www.halfacrebeer.com/home.php
In addition to Hopleaf and Map Room, I am a big fan of Sheffield's (just not after a Cubs' game!). They don't brew there, but like the other two they have a great beer list and good bbq.

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Old 09-06-2010, 07:03 PM   #17
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Take the Metra down to Flossmoor and hit up Flossmoor Station. The brewery is in the old train station, literally just across the tracks from the new station.

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Old 09-06-2010, 08:53 PM   #18
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Half Acre isn't a brew pub, but they make great beer and put on a fun tour on Saturdays. http://www.halfacrebeer.com/home.php
In addition to Hopleaf and Map Room, I am a big fan of Sheffield's (just not after a Cubs' game!). They don't brew there, but like the other two they have a great beer list and good bbq.
Half Acre Over Ale is excellent. Rich, smooth, brown...
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Old 09-06-2010, 09:03 PM   #19
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You can't come all this way and not hit up 3floyds in Munster In. It is not that far from downtown Chicago. Also northwest Indiana has quite a few more brewpubs you can hit.

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