Pioneers & Pints Beer Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Chicago's Bucktown & Wicker Park neighborhoods



21 & over



21 & over

Journey back to the 1800s while you drink in the neighborhoods first settled by German beer barons.

  • Explore these neighborhoods, including “Beer Baron Row,” where a majority of the old German beer barons used to live in the late 1800s.
  • Pair your beer with a Chicago-style hot dog, provided by 60 year old family-owned restaurant.
  • Learn about Chicago history as it relates to pioneers, immigration and beer, all the way from 1673 to present day.
  • Get a feel for these distinctive areas, which have rapidly gentrified the past 20 years, turning them into an eclectic, “hipstery” area.
  • Taste several different beers, about 4 normal size beers in total, several of which are Midwestern craft beers.

Be prepared for any predicted weather conditions

Approximately a one mile walk through these neighborhoods

Restrooms available throughout tour

1:30-4:30 PM; more time options may be available with demand

Tour capacity is 18

Saturdays; other days available upon request

Must be 21+ to attend

This tour explores Chicago’s Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods that are located approximately 4 miles northwest of the Loop of Downtown Chicago, easily accessible via mass transportation.We will meet near Damen & Cortland; exact location to be emailed upon ticket purchase. A trained guide will lead you on approximately a one mile walk through these neighborhoods where you’ll learn about these neighborhoods, Chicago history, especially related to pioneers and immigration, and beer history over a three hour period. You’ll taste taste great beer, too!

Delicious beer tastings are served on Pioneers & Pints Beer Tour (subject to change):

Lottie's Pub

A bar that doubled as “Molly’s” on the NBC show Chicago Fire has compelling history, being owned by Walter “Lottie” Zagaorski, a transvestite with ties to Chicago’s criminal past.

Lemming's Tavern

A cool neighborhood bar dating back to the late 1800s, with a killer beer list and a fantastic, chill vibe.

Chop Shop

A new space that combines a butcher shop, restaurant, and event space with a bar and delightful beer selection


A new bar that combines one of the best beer lists in the city with old school video games, paying tribute to Chicago’s gaming past.

Public transportation is highly recommended. Our meeting point is within walking distance of the CTA Blue Line trains. Paid parking lots and limited metered street parking are nearby as well.

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Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

Is the tour ever cancelled due to inclement weather?

Nope. We’re tough here in Chicago, and tours will be offered snow, rain, sleet or shine.  However, it’s not a issue as long as you are prepared…and, remember, you get to put on your beer jacket, too! You can check Chicago’s ten day weather forecast by clicking here.

Can I tip the guide at the end of the tour?

Yes!  Tips are welcome.  If you enjoy your tour, the suggested tip is  approximately 15%.

Can I bring a baby, small child, or pet on the tour?

Unfortunately, no.  We have to abide by bar policies and certain laws and regulations.  We still love them, though!

Do I need to be 21 years of age to take the tour?

Yes.  IDs will be checked, even if you purchase the no-beer ticket.  The establishments that we visit will only allow those 21 and above because of the law.

Will there be food offered on the tour? Should I eat beforehand?

There are limited food tastings on the tours – bacon tastings on our Bacon & Brewing tour, a Chicago-style hot dog on our Pioneers & Pints tour, and a small pub snack on our Sin & Suds tour. However, it is recommended that you consume a snack or late lunch if you are hungry prior to your tour. There are plenty of restaurants in the vicinity to enjoy before or after you finish the tour.

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Living in the area for a number of years, we learned some little known facts and background about development of these areas. But back to the beer...over 4 different spots we were offered about 13 samples - ranging from very light to a couple of meatier dark brews with a wide range in between.

Mike - Chicago, IL

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