Top 5 Breweries in Chicago

on July 8, 2013

Piece Brewery

If you find that the winds are blowing you in a certain direction in the Windy City, they might be pushing you to one of the many breweries in Chicago.

Indeed, the home of the White Sox and the Cubs is also where you will find some of the best pure drinking options around.

Since you might be a little tipsy, we have broken down some of the best choices and here’s our list of the Top 5 Breweries in Chicago

1. Piece Brewery and Pizza
(1927 W. North Ave.)

If you find yourself in the Bucktown/Wicker Park area, trying a slice and brew from the Piece Brewery is a must. The beer choices are endless and particularly recommended is the “Camel Toe” and the “Dark-n-Curvy Dunkelweizen.” While the names certainly leave a lot to be desired, we promise that these bevvies are worth at least a sip.

2. Atlas Brewing Company
(2747 N. Lincoln Ave.)

One of the primary features of Atlas is the taster sizers that it offers. They allow visitors to take a taste of what they want to drink before deciding. Atlas is primarily known for its spectacular service and its staff is particularly good at offering recommendations. Make sure to try the Andromeda Milk Stout which is particularly poignant.

3. Revolution
(2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.)

Located relatively close to Piece, Revolution is known amongst Chitown locals as being the best place to grab a burger and a beer. Like Atlas, $2 tasters allow customers to get a sense of what they like before purchase. The Eugene Coffee Porter is simply incredible.

4. 5 Rabbit Brewery
(3304 N. Knox Ave., Chicago IL)

The only Latin-American owned microbrewery in the U.S. and one of the newest additions to Chicago.

5. Goose Island
(1800 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago IL)

Known as being one of the one of the oldest Chicago breweries in Illinois, the selection at Goose Island is unparalleled.

  • Jeff Goodby

    The 5 Rabbit Brewery is /not/ a taproom. You should not direct people there. They can try 5 Rabbit beers at local pubs and restaurants.

    • weekendtrips

      We will direct the author to make such a change, thanks, Jeff!

  • Jeff Goodby

    Where are the other 5? You say you have the Top Ten. Also, I’ve been to Goose Island hundreds of times, and there is no such beer as Vintage. Vintage is a family of beers. Same with Vintage Reserve. Has the author actually visited any of these places?

    • beersnobprobs

      All good points sir. They definitely should swap out 5 Rabbit for Half Acre.

  • LarryHorse

    Really? Goose Island? InBev? Over Half Acre? What a crock…

    • Vlad1456

      The Goose Island Brew Pubs are not owned by InBev, only the production brewery.

  • Richard Feddor

    I’d recommend half Acre on Lincoln ave. Then go to the Bad Apple for an awesome burger and MORE breat beers!

  • AJC

    I feel like someone not actually from Chicago must have written this. Haymarket, Hamburger Mary’s, Half Acre, Two Brothers Roundhouse, and 3 Floyd’s are all better than Atlas (brand new with shaky reviews) and 5 Rabbit (no taproom to visit.) Piece and Revolution are the 2 best in the city, hands down.

    • Jeff Goodby

      Agreed. Relying on tourism departments for your articles isn’t a good idea. Atlas is a fine place, but Haymarket and Half Acre are much better–and better known. Also, the concept of providing ‘testers’ applies to every brewpub on the planet.