Bacon & Brews Beer Tour

Duration: 3 hours

Location: Chicago's Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods



21 & over



21 & over

Discover the iconic northside, learn Chicago history, visit wonderful pubs, and pair your beer with bacon at one location.

  • Learn the basics of Chicago history as it relates to beer, all the way from the first brewery in the city 1833 to Prohibition and Capone
  • Explore different styles of beer
  • Taste several different beers, about 4 normal size beers in total, several of which are Midwestern craft beers
  • Pair your beer with small tastings of bacon at one location
  • Get a feel for these wonderful neighborhoods – Lakeview and Lincoln Park are some of the nicest walkable neighborhoods in the city

Be prepared for any predicted weather conditions

Tour capacity is 18

Approximately a half mile walk through these neighborhoods

Saturdays; private tours can be scheduled for other days

Restrooms available throughout tour

Must be 21+ to attend

3:30-6:30 PM March-December

This beer tour straddles Chicago’s Lakeview & Lincoln Park neighborhoods and is located approximately 3.5 miles north of Downtown Chicago, easily accessible via public transportation. We will meet near Halsted & Diversey; 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 Chicago and beer and taste great craft beer over a three hour period.

Delicious beer tastings are served on the Bacon & Brewing Beer Tour (subject to change):

Harrigan's Pub

An Irish Pub that pours a perfect pint of Guinness owned by a friendly, ornery Irishman named Tony.

Paddy Long's

A beer-and-bacon bar where you’ll taste different beers with different types of bacon.


A new Pour-Your-Own Beer Bar with an amazing selection

Red Lion

A beautiful British Pub across the street from where Dillinger was shot

Public transportation is highly recommended. Our meeting point is within walking distance of the Red, Brown and Purple Line CTA L 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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I learned things about Chicago that I never knew--and I was born and raised in Chicago! The beers were fantastic, found some new haunts I'd like to go back to (Paddy Long's!) and Lee was a terrific host. Extremely funny, very engaging and knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour in a heartbeat...

Jessica - Chicago, IL

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