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!
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.
A cool neighborhood bar dating back to the late 1800s, with a killer beer list and a fantastic, chill vibe.
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.Get Directions
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.
Yes! Tips are welcome. If you enjoy your tour, the suggested tip is approximately 15%.
Unfortunately, no. We have to abide by bar policies and certain laws and regulations. We still love them, though!
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.
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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Mike - Chicago, IL
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.