Guide to Visiting Chicago Breweries with a Group
As one of the most popular tourist cities in the world, there’s always a good reason to visit Chicago, whether it’s for a wedding, a corporate getaway, or a friends’ weekend. When you visit, you can expect to find famous sculptures like The Bean, the world renowned art museum Art Institute of Chicago, and plenty of places to find great food and drinks.
The Windy City offers plenty of group-friendly activities, but not as many opportunities for convenient parking and larger group transportation. That’s where Chicago Charter Bus Company steps in to help. For the last five years, we have been the leading charter bus rental service for Chicago and the surrounding areas. The buses we charter can serve anywhere from a small group of 18-passengers, to a larger group of 56-passengers. You can call today at any time for a free quote at 312-667-0906.
Beer enthusiasts will be delighted to learn that the craft beer scene in Chicago is exploding. With more than 160 breweries, it has more breweries than any other city in the United States!
Dovetail Brewery was founded by Hagen, who spent 20 years in product development, and Bill, a spontaneous and adventurous outdoorsman. Together, the two have created beers that mix their passions and expertise, and aim for the same type of fine craftsmanship found in woodworking.
Their beers are a mix of continental European styles mixed with American style creativity. Expect to find beers like Grodziskie (an oak-smoked wheat beer with citrus undertones), the Vienna (a warm, malty beer caramel in color), and Pêche 2020 (a fermented beer aged on peaches from a tree in Hagen’s family’s yard).
Address: 1800 W Belle Plaine, Chicago, IL 60613
Charter bus parking: You can find a parking garage nearby called SP+ Parking. However, with a charter bus, your group can easily be dropped off and picked up, and you can save on parking fees.
Off Color Brewing Taproom The Mousetrap
Set in a location that is equal parts modern and industrial, featuring an old-timey water tower atop the building, the Off Color Brewing taproom at the Mousetrap is not to be missed. With a selection of over a dozen beers, and a dog-friendly patio, you and your group will definitely want to add this brewery to your “must visit” list when you and your group visit Chicago.
Their menu is categorized by beer types. You can enjoy beers like the hoppy Apex Predator, the lighter Beer for Tacos and Yuzu Fierce, the fruity Gator Time, and the dark Coffee DinoS’mores.
Also, be sure to check out their current specials. Currently, you can enjoy the Core Flight and Keep The Glass.
Address: 1460 N Kingsbury St, Chicago, IL 60642
Charter bus parking: Their website mentions that street parking is very limited, so a charter bus would be perfect to pick up and drop off your group. You can also find limited parking along the Blackhawk side of their building.
Maplewood Brewery and Distillery
The Maplewood Brewery and Distillery is a warm, modern, and inviting space that serves as a neighborhood bar, cocktail bar, and brewery taproom all at once. They host fun events year-round both at the lounge and nearby, such as their summer backyard BBQ and cocktail release parties. Maplewood also has a private event space that can host up to 65 people, making it great for almost any size charter bus group.
Their year-round lineup includes pale ale, pilsner, milk stout, lager, and more. You can also sample some of their seasonal flavors, such as Festbier, a deep gold lager with elegant malt flavors and a light hop finish. In addition to beers, they also offer specialty canned cocktails. You can also find spirits, such as Fat Pug, an American malt whiskey infused with rich notes of cocoa powder. Their frozen drinks are perfect for hotter days, such as their alcoholic pink lemonade.
Address: 2717 N Maplewood Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
Charter bus parking: The closest option for parking is about .8 miles away from the brewery at 2736 W Belmont Ave. However, to avoid the extra walking, you can rent a charter bus to drop you off and pick you up.
If you are a fan of German-style lagers, add Metropolitan Brewing to your list. Set in a warehouse-like setting, Metropolitan Brewing has been serving beers in Chicago since 2009 alongside beautiful river views.
Their flagship beer is the Krankshaft, an easy-to-drink, light malt beer with gentle hop and hints of spice and fruitiness. You can also enjoy some of their seasonal beers, such as their Jet Stream wheat beer which is brewed with wheat instead of barley, and features acidulated malt. The result is a bright and spicy sourdough-esque flavor like no other. Another one of their year-round specialties is Stromhaus Helles, a classic Munich beer that is malt-focused with a subdued hop presence.
You can join them every Friday for what they call “Firkin Fridays”, featuring an old-school way of pouring unfiltered, living beer.
Address: 3057 N Rockwell St, Chicago, IL 60618
Charter bus parking: For a ten minute walk, you can opt for street parking at 2736 West Belmont Avenue Parking. A parking garage called SP+ Parking at 4600 N Western Ave is also available, but it would be an 8 minute drive to the brewery. A charter bus is a reliable way to have your group get dropped off and picked up to avoid extra expenses on Uber or Lyft.
This brewery gets its name from its revolutionary and groundbreaking beer flavors. Currently the largest independently-owned brewery in Illinois, Revolution Brewery produces dozens of different beer styles every year and has won over a dozen awards for its beers. You have the option to either visit their brewpub and restaurant, or their taproom and production brewery, depending on what your group prefers.
Their current beer lineup is sorted into categories based on flavor, influence, and other factors: hero IPAs, League of Heroes, DDH Heroes, City Series, Freedom, Seasonal, Small Batch, and Deep Wood Series. You can also check out their archive for a taste of past flavors.
Address: 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (brewpub and restaurant)
3340 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (taproom and production brewery)
Contact: 773-227-2739 (brewpub and restaurant)
773-588-2267 (taproom and production brewery)
Charter bus parking: Nearby street parking is always an option. But if you want to visit the brewpub and the taproom, your best bet is to rent a charter bus to easily transport you between the two, instead of getting frustrated looking for parking.
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Ferris Bueller had fun spending his day off in Chicago, which means you should have some fun, too! Take the time to enjoy Chicago without worrying about transportation, parking, and ensuring you have a ride. Talk to one of our charter bus specialists today at 312-667-0906 for a free quote and more info on how we can accommodate your group’s individual needs.
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