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Old 09-16-2011, 08:34 PM   #1
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I'm leaving for chicago in 1 hour. Where can a beer geek find shelter in the windy city?

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 08:40 PM   #2
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Lots of places.

Owen and Engine - really nice English Pub type place. Usually have at least two cask beers available, as well as a very nice selection of other beers on tap.

Map Room. Have not been there but I've heard it's really cool.

Three Floyd's brewing is nearby in Muenster, IN. I love all of their beers.

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:06 PM   #3
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Check out Flossmoor station its a little south i think of chicago maybe a part of chicago well you know, suburbs.

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:12 PM   #4
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Map Room is great.

Quenchers if you like dives in a little less glitzy part of the city.

Want to pick up a growler? Go to Half-Acre and pick up some Daisy Cutter on the north side. A great APA.

City is big enough that "depends on where you're at" is a valid concern...

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:13 PM   #5
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+1 to Three Floyd's in Munster, you can likely find some of their beers on tap at various places in the city.

Metropolitian Brewing (which is a brewery not a tavern, and I don't believe they have a tasting room): you may be able to find their beers on tap around Chicago land, you might be able to take a tour of the brewery http://www.metrobrewing.com/

If you want to venture out to the suburbs, Two Brothers in Warenville, IL would be worth the trip, about 45 mins southwest of the city proper, give or take with traffic. http://www.twobrosbrew.com

I'm sure there are many others; I'm from the suburbs so I am not really familiar with what else might be in the city itself.

Enjoy, Chicago is a great place to visit.

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:19 PM   #6
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Revolution on the west side is OK. They're trying.

I live in the city, don't like going to the suburbs...

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 09:21 PM   #7
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If you're on the North Side, there are three really great restaurants with excellent beer selections.

Hopleaf - This is the bar that really introduced me to good beers, and made me a lifelong fan of Belgian Ales. I had never had one before going there.

Fireside - This place has a great beer selection in bottles, no so much on tap. Cool place, good bar food too.

The Fountainhead - Awesome new place that's becoming more popular lately. Great food, better beer selection.

You really can't go wrong with any of those.

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:57 PM   #8
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I was just there for a wedding a few weeks back. Take the trip to 3 Floyds if you can, its like 40 minutes away but be aware that with traffic it may be longer getting back. Check out half acre, Daisy Cutter is pretty darn good. And check out Goose Island, I know I know AB has their hands in it now, but still they have some good beers, try the ladies, Sofie Matilda etc. Also find yourself some 2 brothers beers if you can.

 
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Old 09-16-2011, 10:59 PM   #9
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Map Room and Hopleaf are both great choices. I was there earlier this year and was impressed by both bars. Clark Street Ale House is decent too, although not as much fun as the aforementioned establishments.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:01 PM   #10

I don't think anyone's mentioned Haymarket brewpub, near downtown on Randolph street - good food and beer

 
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