Chicago’s Original Beer Tour Company

Chicago Beer Experience Beer Tours, Chicago’s original beer tasting tour company, offers top-rated Chicago neighborhood beer tasting and bar tours where you can see and learn about Chicago in a unique, fun way! Our walkable neighborhood tours combine the fascinating history of Chicago with detailed descriptions of a variety of different beer tastings, most of which are Midwestern craft beers. We even include some food, including bacon, a Chicago-style hot dog, or Chicago-style pizza. Discover Chicago and its history through beer with us.

What is our Beer Experience?

What should you expect on one of our beer tours? While each tour features different content and beer tastings, they are all set up in a similar format:

  • You and up to eighteen people will be led by a trained guide on a walking historical tour of Chicago neighborhoods.
  • You will taste multiple varieties and styles of beer.
  • You will visit several locally owned establishments, such as a beer-and-bacon bar, new microbreweries, a blues bar, an arcade bar, and other historic pubs, to learn more about and taste this delicious beverage.
  • You will learn more about Chicago’s colorful past – from the 1855 lager beer riots, to the German fueled beer expansion in the 1800s, to Prohibition, the mob, and Capone’s days, to today.

What Tour is Right for Me?

Bacon & Brewing

  • When: Saturdays year round; Sunday Brunch Tour March – November
  • Where: ① Lakeview & Lincoln Park neighborhoods located about 3.5 miles north of downtown
  • Topics: Classic Chicago and beer history; homebrewing demo
  • Departure: 3:30 PM Saturdays; 12:30 PM Sundays
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 0.5 miles
  • Beer Included: Over 10 beer tastings amounting to about 4 pints; Bloody Mary subbed for some on Sundays
  • Food Included: Bacon pairing at one stop; Brunch on Sundays
  • Stops: 1) an old-school Irish pub, 2) a beer-and-bacon bar, 3) a specialty beer and wine store, and 4) a micro brewpub
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Price: $62 per person (+$3 Sat); non-beer tasting tickets $35 (+$1 Sat); $77 per person Sunday Brunch Tour ($44 no-beer) 
  • Capacity: Up to 18 people M-Sat; Up to 12 people Sun
  • Full Details: Here
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Sin & Suds

  • When: Fridays & Saturdays April – November; Thursdays June – September
  • Where: ② Loop & South Loop neighborhoods, located right downtown
  • Topics: Sin (gambling, gangsters, etc.) and architecture history
  • Departure: 2:30-5:30PM
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 1.5 miles
  • Beer Included: Over 10 beer tastings amounting to about 4 pints
  • Food Included: One slice of Chicago-style pizza
  • Stops: 1) an old Capone-era haunt, 2) a German bar, one of the oldest in the city, 3) a blues club started by a legend, and 4) a new microbrewery
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Price: $62 per person (+$3 Sat); non-beer tasting tickets $35 (+$1 Sat)
  • Capacity: Up to 18 people
  • Full Details: Here
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Pioneers & Pints

  • When: Saturdays March – November; Fridays March only
  • Where: ③ Bucktown & Wicker Park neighborhoods located about 4 miles northwest of downtown
  • Topics: Pioneers & immigration, eclectic neighborhood, and historical beer history
  • Departure: 1:30 PM Saturdays; 3:30 PM Fridays
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 1.2 miles
  • Beer Included: Over 10 beer tastings amounting to about 4 pints
  • Food Included: One Chicago-style hot dog
  • Stops: 1) a bar with ties to Chicago’s criminal past, 2) a cool neighborhood bar, 3) a butcher shop/event space/bar, and 4) an arcade bar
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Price: $62 per person (+$3 Sat); non-beer tasting tickets $35 (+$1 Sat)
  • Capacity: Up to 18 people
  • Full Details: Here
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Advance purchase required. Meeting point, detailed instructions, and directions are provided upon purchase.

We Also Offer:

Beer Tasting Classes

We have begun to offer beer tasting classes where you’ll learn the basics of tasting and judging beers.

Private Tours

We offer private tours for groups of 6 or more any day of the week, subject to availability.

Gift Certificates

Our Gift Certificates make perfect gifts for the beer and history lovers amongst your contacts, friends, and family!

Why Tour with Us?

Local

We visit, purchase from and support local businesses.

Passion

We are passionate about people, Chicago, and beer.

Credibility

We have successfully toured with over 10,000 people and are highly rated on TripAdvisor and Yelp.

Fun

Combining beer, history, people, Chicago and you, you’ll have a great time!

What People Are Saying About Us

Who Tours with Us?

Both Locals and Tourists

We have approximately equal numbers of locals and tourists, so there is something for everyone, whether you’re a born and raised Chicagoan or visiting for the first time.

Groups of Friends

Our tours are the perfect lubricant for group outings, whether celebrating special occasions like birthdays or just having a good time.

Couples

We’ve had a number of couples who use our beer tours as a great date.

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties

The beer tours are perfect ways to fill up the afternoons and warm up for the night ahead.

Parents & Adult Children

One of our favorite types of people are parents with adult children bonding over beer.

Corporate Outings

Whether team building with employees or bringing clients to close deals, our tours are great icebreakers.

We really pride ourself on providing a unique and fun thing to do in Chicago and are very proud of our high reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor. Our tours not only feature great beer, but they are jam packed with interesting history and content that even non-beer drinkers will enjoy. Whether an individual, couple, or group, we’d love to have you for beer, history, and fun!