Goose Island

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Goose Island 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. Chicago United States 41.913737 -87.654317
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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

  • Hours:

    M–W, Su 11am–11:30pm, Th 11am–midnight, F¬–Sa 11am–2am

  • Recommended as:

    • Day Spot
    • Night Spot

Party Earth Goose Island Review

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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.

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.

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Tip from Lucas:

The best way to do Goose Island is to join a tour on the weekend, followed by a late lunch or early dinner. You’ll learn about the brewing process, get a taste of six different beers, and get a free pint glass!

  • Crowd

    Mix of sports fans, beer fanatics and connoisseurs, and Lincoln Park yuppies, mid-20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Radio playing mostly rock and alternative beats. About a dozen TVs tuned to sports.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    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.

  • Prices

    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.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual: jeans, graphic t-shirts, sports attire, sneakers.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Thursday through Saturday nights for the busiest beer-fueled scene, or weekends to take a tour of the brewery.

  • Close By

    Joe’s Bar (940 West Weed Street) is a massive warehouse of sports, live music, and beer.

Goose Island User Reviews

Average rating:
A brew for everyone!
Terra S. Jul 23, 2013
Microbrewery at it's finest. Bourbon County, is my favorite stout and I would recommend it for those who like a thick rich beer. It's great for a night out with a few friends or a just a simple pint before a baseball game. There are many varieties of beers though- so as long as you enjoy beer, you should be able to find the best brew to fit your palate. If you go on a game day, you can try a beer flight for a reasonable price; I suggest going before the first pitch!
Hoping good brews will continue
Katie H. Feb 21, 2013
In the past few years, my visits to Goose Island (Lincoln Park only, don't waste your time on the Wrigleyville location) have been frequent. The bar has a casual atmosphere, upscale pub food, which is right up my alley, and of course, great beer. My review will mainly be about their beer, which is whathas kept me coming back. Two years ago, I took a brewery tour at Goose Island. The brewery had recently been bought by Anheuser Busch, and this was a main concern and source of questioning for many on the tour with me. At the time, I wasn't hugely into beer and thought their worries were annoying. The brewmaster guiding the tour assured them that it didn't really affect the brewhouse production; case closed. Before the tour, my friends and I had enjoyed several great beers, including an experiemental gluten-free beer called Queen-OA. I am sincerely hoping this beer will be back for the summer months because it is light, but flavorful and very drinkable. I also liked most of the beers sampled during the tasting portion of the tour, except the stout. I don't do stouts. At all. Essentially, after eating a unique burger (the Forest Burger is a must) and enjoying almost every beer I tried on my first visit, Goose Island became a go-to lunch and dinner spot for me. However, I last visited Goose Island on New Year's Day, and was surprised to find out that my burger was not as good as before, nor was the beer. The flight of four beers my boyfriend got were all disappointing, as were all the other beers my friends and I tried. I am not saying they were terrible, but I had previously had only amazing beers from this brewpub. I am hoping this was only a fluke, and not a result of the brewery being bought out. Still, they have been losing a few brewmasters to other companies, or are simply branching out their own, which can greatly change the atmosphere at a small pub like this. We'll see how it turns out, but I'm rooting for this local brewery to turn it around.
Great local beer and good food too.
Christina W. Dec 8, 2012
There are several small breweries and brewpubs in Chicago, and with Goose Island's beer featured in bars all over the city, it hardly feels like one of them. But even with the "big" name, it's still a microbrewery and they still make unique and interesting beers throughout the year. You might be able to buy 312 any any liquor store and find Green Line in many bars, but the brewpub itself goes much farther than that. First, you can do a tour of the brewery, where you'll get to learn about the process of making beer, and you'll get to taste six of their brews at the end. Afterwards, you should definitely check out the restaurant. They have beers on tap that never leave the premises (unique one-barrel brews that you can only taste in-house) along with a great food menu. (The pulled pork sliders are amazing. Also the fish tacos.) If you're not super into beer, then this probably isn't the place for you. But if you like beer and you like Goose Island, the brewpub will open your eyes onto the cool things they are doing outside of the visible consumer scene. And it's definitely worth it.
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