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 under $15. Tour lengths range from ten minutes to two hours. 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) 922-4425. Every Saturday at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 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. Every Saturday at 3pm. $10 includes 16 ounces of beer and a pint glass.
Argus Brewing Company, 11314 S. Front Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628, (773) 941-4050. Every Saturday at 12:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm. $15 includes samples and a glass. Purchase tickets in advance.
Baderbrau, 2515 S. Wabash, (312) 890-2728. Saturdays 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM. Free. No reservations required.
Dovetail Brewery, 1800 W. Belle Plaine, (773) 683-1414. Saturdays 11 AM and some Saturdays 1 PM. $15 includes 30 ounces of beer; sign up at location.
Empirical Brewery, 1801 W. Foster, (773) 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.
Tuesday through Friday, noon to 3PM, get $2 off any 16 oz pour of their production beers. They also have a growler club which offers a free growler fill for every 10 fills purchased.
Greenstar Brewing, 3800 N. Clark, (773) 929-3680. Saturdays at 1 PM. $10 includes 20 minute tour, a pint of IPA and a glass; check in at Uncommon Ground. One of only two certified organic breweries in Illinois.
Half Acre Beer Company, 4257 N Lincoln Ave, (773) 248-4038. Every Saturday at 11:00 am, The cost is $10 and includes a souvenir pint glass and samples.
Haymarket Pub & Brewery, 737 W Randolph St, (312) 638-0700. Every Sunday at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm. $15 includes 28 ounces of beer. Reservations are recommended.
Finch’s Beer Company, 4565 N Elston Ave, (773) 283-4839. 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.
Goose Island Brewery, 1800 W. Fulton, (312) 226-1119. Thursdays at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm; Friday 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, 6:00 pm and 7 pm; Saturdays at 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm. The cost is $12 and includes12 ounces of beer and a souvenir glass. Reservations can be made here.
Half Acre Brewery, 2050 W. Balmoral Ave. Coming soon. Tours are held at their 4257 N. Lincoln Ave. location. Every Saturday, except major holidays 11:00 AM. Recommended to arrive early to wait in line and/or with a large group. $10 cash only includes 48 ounces of beer and a branded pint glass to take home.
Hopewell Brewing, 760 N. Milwaukee, (773) 698-6178, Saturdays 5 PM, Sundays 3 PM. $10 includes 28 ounces of beer; sign up at the bar in the tasting room.
Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1843 S Washtenaw Ave, (707) 769-4495 Monday-Thursday at 1pm and 3pm; Wednesday and Thursday at 1pm and 3pm. Friday 1 PM. Free includes 44 ounces of beer.
Metropolitan Brewing Moving to Avondale in 2017. More info to come.
Moody Tongue, 2136 S. Peoria, 312-600-5111. Saturdays and Sundays 1:30PM, 3PM, and 4:30 PM. $20 includes 15.5 ounces of beer and a beer glass. Reservations onsite in tasting room.
Off Color Brewing, 925 W. Dickens, (773) 687-8245, Saturdays 1PM and 3PM. $10, includes 18 ounces of beer; buy online in advance up to an hour before tour.
Revolution Brewing, 3340 N. Kedzie, 773-588-2267, (773) 588-2267. Every Wednesday-Friday at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm, 5:00 pm, and 6:00 pm. Tours are free and include a tasting.
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 12 ounces of beer.