Chicago beer fans have plenty to discover outside the city. The suburbs and surrounding area are fertile with plenty of breweries with outstanding taprooms and attached restaurants. It’s the perfect escape from the city on a weekend day.
Get far from Chicago’s large buildings and find campfires, nature, and delicious beer that may not be available in the city. Here are a few great breweries that are at least an hour’s drive. Don’t forget to fill those growlers to take the memories back home.
State and local officials have lifted a variety of COVID-19 restrictions, including allowing restaurant management to waive mask requirements for fully vaccinated customers. Additionally, fully vaccinated guests don’t count against capacity limits. As of April 29, Chicago restaurants are permitted to serve customers indoors with a 50 percent maximum capacity per room, or 100 people — whichever is fewer. For updated information on coronavirus cases, please visit the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 dashboard. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines. The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Find a local vaccination site here.
Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.