Chicago Craft Beer Week kicks off on Thursday, and there are hundreds of events around the city. Here's where to try special beers and take part in other events between May 16 and 26. Cheers!
An American wine program and spins on midwest dishes make this a great spot for a post work bite.
Great option in the Loop - try the bar's own sour ale!
My go-to bar in Roscoe Village. Huge draft beer list, nice garden space, and friendly staff.
Go for the shows or go for the bar - either way you're in for a fun night.
Dark and casual bar that's an unexpected gem amidst the craziness around Wrigley.
Great spot for beer that offers more than 30 brews at a time.
A fun neighborhood hangout - gets busy on the weekends and has daily food specials.
One of my favorite Chicago bars, the Long Room has lots of great beers, but also the best Manhattan in the city. It comes with brandy-soaked cherries and is $5 on Saturdays.
Grab a spot on the patio for people watching. Really good weekend drink specials!
Fantastic bar bites like smoked cheese with tomato jam and crispy chicken legs.
A favorite brunch spot, Hot Chocolate's menu includes warm doughnuts with raspberry jam, quiche, biscuits and gravy, and fantastic hot chocolates.
It's a Purdue bar, but you can watch other games. Weekly trivia nights are really fun and the burgers are better than they need to be.
Fantastic spot in Oak Park - the market offers cheese, wine and other treats, while the restaurant has lovely sandwiches and other dishes.
Great beer selection, cozy bar, and friendly staff! A nice change from lots of the Diversey bars.
Great beer selection and mussels make this a solid neighborhood resto.
Burgers, beer, fried cheese curds—this is my Midwest cuisine happy place.
Casual spot for pizza with cracker-thin crust and polish dishes. Try the pies made with sausages.
Home of one of the best burgers in the city and British dishes. There's an excellent beer list, and I also like the cocktail offerings for Sunday brunch.
Inspired by the Northwoods, the bar is a cozy, comfortable spot for an excellent selection of beer. They regularly hold tastings and beer book clubs.
The beauty of Fish Bar is that preparations are simple - including oysters, which are stripped down to the basics: bivalve, mignonette, lemon. Also try: mussels cooked with rosemary and white wine and the crab gumbo. Plus - key lime pie!
Large, fun brewpub that's lined with TVs. It's a nice stop on a Randolph Street crawl.
I like heading in for brunch, when you can leisurely explore the menu of comfort dishes with contemporary spins. Well known for the pop tarts and doughnuts, the menu also has quiche, biscuits, and sandwiches.
Video games meet an excellent craft beer list at Emporium. It gets crowded, but they're expanding soon. Bonus: you can bring in food, so grab tacos from Antique Taco next door.
The newest outpost of Jerry's offers the same giant menu of sandwiches and beer and televisions to watch the game. The Cuban sandwich is a tasty rendition.
Cheese, wine, beer... it's exactly what you'd want from an adorable wine bar. During the day, get one of Pastoral's excellent sandwiches and eat them in the dining room.
Free games, craft beer, and a cocktail list make this a fun spot to head when you want a change of pace from your usual bar.