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10 Places to Enjoy Beer and Spirits in the Chicago Area

10 Places to Enjoy Beer and Spirits in the Chicago Area

From Sunday funday to thirsty Thursday and every day in between, there's no better time to explore the local beer and spirits found right here in the Chicago area.

Here's a look at 10 places to enjoy local spirits beyond Chicago, a glass of wine or a hearty pint.

Temperance Beer Company (Evanston)
Temperance Beer Company
In Evanston, the temperance movement has returned-with a twist! Temperance Beer Company has beer flights, sample cheese flights and fresh Wisconsin cheese curds when you visit. You'll enjoy the outdoor deck, and if you're a yogi, ask about the monthly classes held inside the brewery.

Penrose Brewing CompanyPenrose Brewing Company (Geneva)
With a focus on Belgian-inspired session ales, oak barrel-aging, fresh hop flavors and alternative fermentation, Penrose Brewing Company in Geneva prides itself on its "beer first" culture. Sign up for a brewery tour to learn about the beer-making process and meet the brewers. Then, stick around and sip a few pints for yourself.

Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery (Flossmoor)
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery prides itself on gourmet pub food and local craft beer. Built in 1906, the brewery's original building was home to the Illinois Central Railroad and was repurposed by Flossmoor natives; the building still has its authentic character. You'll enjoy award-winning craft beers and a lively atmosphere.

MyGrain BrewingMyGrain Brewing (Joliet)
A brewpub housed in the historic Joliet Union train station, MyGrain Brewing serves high-quality beer and food that's all made on-site. From hosting a family dinner to enjoying a few pints with friends, the brewery's food menu is created around the beer menu, making for great pairings.

Rush Creek DistillingRush Creek Distilling (Harvard)
As makers of authentic craft spirits, Rush Creek Distilling serves whiskey, vodka and gin. Meet the distillers to learn about the recipes and science that goes into making each batch of spirits. For a unique view, check out the upstairs Founder's Loft overlooking the stillhouse as you enjoy a cocktail.

Church Street Brewing Company (Itasca)
Church Street Brewing Company
Enjoy a free brewery tour, learn the process and meet the owners at Church Street Brewing Company in Itasca. From lagers to ales, this brewery was selected as an Illinois Maker by Enjoy Illinois and prides itself on participating in local events and festivals while showcasing its winning brews.

Lynfred WineryLynfred Winery (Roselle)
As the oldest and largest continuously operating winery in Illinois, Lynfred Winery in Roselle produces over 50 varietals and 25,000 cases of award-winning wines each year. Tour the winery and learn about the individual wines during a scheduled wine tasting session. The winery hosts several wine events throughout the year, and there is also an on-site bed-and-breakfast. Also located in Wheaton, Naperville and Wheeling.

Vintage 53 (St. Charles)
Vintage 53
With over 50 wines available by the glass, alongside local craft beer and premium cocktails, Vintage 53 in St. Charles offers a quiet setting for you to relax with friends while enjoying a few drinks. Enjoy small plates, charcuterie, flatbreads and more. The wine bar also has live music on the weekends.

Plank Road Tap RoomPlank Road Tap Room (Elgin)
Housed in a one-room log cabin, Plank Road Tap Room serves flights of craft beer. The taproom is located only a few miles from Frank Lloyd Wright's Muirhead Farmhouse, and you'll enjoy eats from local, on-site food trucks. You'll also want to try the cheese flights that pair perfectly with any of Plank Road's brews.

Visit Lake County Libation Trail (Various locations, Lake County)
Explore Lake County's Libation Trail and sample beer, wine and spirits all created within the county. The convenient "trail" takes you on a self-guided trip to local craft breweries, wineries and distilleries featuring beer, vodka, whiskey, gin and wine. You'll learn how they are created and will be able to taste a few too. Meet the makers, learn the processes and find your favorite drink among the flights.
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