Party Earth Review Opened in 1988 as a small upstart, Goose Island has grown into the quintessential Chicago brewery, producing dozens of award-winning beers recognized by almost every Chicagoan and hops-loving tourist alike. Set inside... ... read full review
1800 North Clybourn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
Red Line: North/Clybourn
M–W, Su 11am–11:30pm, Th 11am–midnight, F¬–Sa 11am–2am
Lincoln Park, Chicago –
Opened in 1988 as a small upstart, Goose Island has grown into the quintessential Chicago brewery, producing dozens of award-winning beers recognized by almost every Chicagoan and hops-loving tourist alike.
Set inside a large warehouse, a full restaurant and bar gives patrons the chance to tank up on grub and suds before – and after – taking a tour of the production line.
After-work regulars settle in at the high tables along the exposed brick wall to enjoy a signature 312, though more adventurous sippers sample the Farmers Market series, a weekly summer batch infused with an ever-changing selection of fruits and vegetables.
Roughly twenty drafts on tap get a lot of attention throughout the week, especially on big game nights when Cubs fans crowd around the central bar or hover beneath the scattered TVs.
Couples looking for some quality time tend to snuggle into the leather booths below the big bay windows, feasting on organic burgers, elaborate mac and cheese variations, and well-matched pairings and samplers.
Diehard hops devotees flock in before 6pm on Thursdays, when the brewery taps – and brewers toast to – a limited-production brew that usually sells out by the end of the evening, while weekends see the venue packed with boisterous groups.
A welcoming watering hole for lager lovers, Goose Island is perfect for a night of beer drinking, an energetic weekend, or just a laid-back midweek lunch.
Mix of sports fans, beer fanatics and connoisseurs, and Lincoln Park yuppies, mid-20s to 40s.
Radio playing mostly rock and alternative beats. About a dozen TVs tuned to sports.
Weekly-changing menu of upscale bar fare, much of which is paired with suggested beers, which also change monthly. Carryout available, including six-packs, 650ml bottles, and select growlers. Second venue location in Wrigleyville.
Brunch menu $9–$13, appetizers $8–$13, burgers $10–$15, entrées $11–$20. Beer $5–$9/glass, $15–$25/650ml bottle, or $16–$35/growler, wine $8–$10/glass or $30+/bottle, cocktails $7–$10. Tours and tastings $10/person.
Casual: jeans, graphic t-shirts, sports attire, sneakers.
Thursday through Saturday nights for the busiest beer-fueled scene, or weekends to take a tour of the brewery.
Joe’s Bar (940 West Weed Street) is a massive warehouse of sports, live music, and beer.