Free or cheap Chicago area brewery tours. Chicago is a beer drinking town and we have some great breweries many of which offer tours. A couple are free and most are $15. Tour lengths range from ten minutes to two hours. Generally all tour goers must be 21 or older with valid identification. Always check online or call in advance to confirm details such as tour length, availability, times and price as everything is subject to change.
3 Floyds Brewing Co. 9750 Indiana Parkway, Munster, IN 46321, (219) 922-3565. Every Saturday at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:30pm and 5:30 pm. Free. Sign up on first-come-first-served basis Lines are rumored to be very long. No beer included.
5 Rabbit Cerveceria & Taproom, 6398 74th St, Bedford Park, IL 60638, (312) 895-9591. “Cotorreo Cervecero” (or Beer Chat) every other Saturday. $25 includesan intimate guided beer tasting capped at 10 people. Includes taste 3 beers with a brewer, who will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the inspiration, stories and approach to crafting each beer. Also includes a guided tour of the production facilities and a souvenir 5Rabbit pint glass. Tickets available in online store.
Baderbrau, 2515 S. Wabash, (312) 890-2728. CLOSED
Begyle Brewing Company, 1800 W Cuyler Ave, (773) 661-6963. Every Saturday at 12pm. Tour costs $10 (plus fee), lasts 90 minutes, includes three pours, and a commemorative Begyle glass to keep. Book in advance here. Search Begyle. Taproom on site.
Cruz Blanca Cerveceria, 904 W. Randolph, (312) 733-1975, Saturday at 3 p.m. and are $10 a person. Please call ahead to make your reservations. Taproom on site.
Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, (773) 683-1414. Every Saturday only at 11am. $15 includes 3 .3L beers. Tours are about 90 minutes. More info here
Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Taproom on site.
Empirical Brewery, 1801 W. Foster, (773) 293-7896. Every Saturday at 1:oo PM. Cost $10 includes beer sampling, pub glass to take home and you may meet the cats. Sign-ups for the tour begin when the taproom opens. Twenty spots for each tour. Taproom on site.
Finch’s Beer Company, 1800 W. Walnut St., (312) 929.4773.
Every Saturday at 12PM, 1PM, 2PM and 3PM. Tours are free and includes free samples of the beer for an hour and a Finch’s Beer pint glass to take home. Tickets here. No info. Waiting to hear back.
Goose Island Brewery, 1800 North Clybourn Avenue, (312) 915-0071. Hourly tours Thursdays 2:00 pm-6:00 pm; Fridays 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm; Saturdays 12:00 pm-7:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. The cost is $12 and includes a custom glass. Reservations can be made here.
Goose Island Brewery, 1800 W. Fulton, (312) 226-1119. Hourly tours Thursdays 2:00 pm-6:00 pm; Fridays 2:00 pm- 7:00 pm; Saturdays 12:00 pm-7:00 pm; Sundays 12:00 pm-4:00 pm. The cost is $12 and includes a custom glass. Reservations can be made here. Taproom on site.
Greenstar Brewing, 3800 N. Clark, (773) 929-3680. Every Saturday at 1pm. The first Saturday of every month they offer a free tour otherwise it is $10 and includes a Greenstar pint glass to take home. Check in at Uncommon Ground to let them know you want to take the tour. One of only two certified organic breweries in Illinois.
Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N Lincoln Ave, (773) 248-4038. Every Saturday at 12:00 PM, The cost is $15, buy tickets in advance OR at the door – this gets you: into the tour, 3 samples and a branded pint glass to take home. Reservations here. You can also wait in line for the tour day of but if it is sold out or sells out before you get a ticket you’re out of luck. Taproom on site.
Half Acre Brewery, 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. (773)754-8488. Every Saturday, except major holidays at 2:00 PM. The cost is $10, buy tickets in advance OR at the door – this gets you: into the tour, 2 samples and a a branded pint glass to take home. Reservations here. You can also wait in line for the tour day of but if it is sold out or sells out before you get a ticket you’re out of luck. Taproom on site.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, (312) 638-0700. Regular tours no longer available except by appointment. Call for details. Taproom on site.
Hopewell Brewing, 760 N. Milwaukee, (773) 698-6178, Email cress (at) hopewellbrewing.com to set-up a brewery tour. Tours last 30-45 minutes and include a tasting of two beers. Tours are $10 per person. Taproom on site.
Lagunitas Brewing Company, 2607 W. 17th St. Chicago 312-767-9678. Tours are daily and are free. Taproom hours: Wed, Thur, Sun – 12PM-9PM; Fri-Sat 12PM-10PM. All guests under 21 to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Metropolitan Brewing 3057 N. Rockwell St, (773) 754-0494. No info. Taproom on site. Looks like a nice space on the River.
Off Color Brewing, 1460 North Kingsbury Street, (312) 929-2916, Mousetrap Brewery free tours Sundays at 1pm and 3pm. Tours are 45 minutes and capped at 15 guests. You can now sign up in advance or at To Go counter the day of.
On Tour Brewing Company, 1725 W. Hubbard, (312) 796-3119, First and third Saturdays, 1 PM. Tickets are $15 and include 45 minute tour, 3 unique pours and an On Tour souvenir glass to take home. Advanced reservations are required. 21+ only.
Revolution Brewing, 3340 N. Kedzie, 773-588-2267, (773) 588-2267. Tours are $10, last about 45 minutes and are on: Wednesday-Thursday: 6pm; Friday: 6pm, 7pm; Saturday: 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm; Sunday: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm. The brewery tour is 21+. No exceptions. Reservations here. Taproom on site.
Temperance Beer Company, 2000 Dempster, Evanston, IL 60202 (847) 864-1000. Every Saturday 3pm. Tickets are $10 and include: approx. 1 hour tour, a backstage pass to the brewery, beer samples, a souvenir pint glass, 20% discount on merchandise that day. Tour size limit is 24 people, First come, first served. 21+ only. Reservations online. Taproom on site.
Two Brothers Brewing Company, 30W315 Calumet Ave W, Warrenville, IL 60555, (630) 393-2337. Every Saturday at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm; Sundays at 1:30pm. Free and includes samples of beer.
Weekly on Sunday, Friday, and Saturday (starting January 1, 2020)