25 Best Breweries for a Refreshing, Cold Beer in the Chicago SuburbsLindsey Congeron May 22, 2020 at 11:14 pm

The weather is finally starting to cooperate, and that means one thing —it’s grilling weather! If you want to pop up a cold one and sip it on your porch while enjoying the (finally nice) Chicago spring weather, here are 25 of the best breweries in the Chicago suburbs.

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Sketchbook Brewing Co.

821 Chicago Ave, Evanston


Six-packs, growlers, crowlers, and kegs are all available from this Evanston brewery. Try out the Honeybird Pale Ale—a light beer brewed with basil and honey.

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Solemn Oath Brewery

1661 Quincy Ave, Naperville


Get your favorites delivered or picked up from Solemn Oath Brewery.


Church Street Brewing Company

1480 Industrial Drive, Unic C, Itasca

Visit this brewery for a “righteously good beer” and taste their Munich-style lager called Heavenly Helles.


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Noon Whistle Brewing

800 E. Roosevelt Rd, Suite C, Lombard

Noon Whistle has crowlers (32-ounce cans) and growlers (64-ounce glass bottles) to go to help you get through the quarantine a little easier.


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Hailstorm Brewing

8060 186th St, Tinley Park

Hopesecco IPA and Hailstorm’s Oktoberfest are two of the popular beers of choice here.

5 Rabbit Cervecería

6398 74th St, Bedford Park

Support the first US-based Latin-Ameican inspired brewery and try out their Vida y Muerte, an Oktoberfest lager.

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93 Octane Brewery

1825 Lincoln Highway, St. Charles

Try out tasty beers like OW-5 Oatmeal Cookie or the 20W50 Stout.

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Alter Brewing

12 S First St, St. Charles | 2300 Wisconsin Ave, Downers Grove

Only the St. Charles’ location is open right now, but you can still get some of their selection like Alterior Motive, an IPA, or Hell Hazed Over, a New England IPA.

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Afterthought Brewery

844 N Ridge Ave, Lombard

While this family-owned brewery doesn’t have a tasting room yet (one coming soon in Lombard), you can pick up their beers at a variety of locations.

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Arrowhead Ales

2101 Calistoga Dr, New Lenox

This brewery has a huge selection of beers including sours, stouts, IPAs, lagers, and more.

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302 Wheaton

302 W Front St, Wheaton

302 Wheaton has a full list of beers, including Snoochie Boochies (IPA), Arctic Panzer Wolf (Double IPA), a Stone Xocovez (Double Milk Stout) available for pick up, as well as bourbon, mixed drinks, and wine.

Metal Monkey Brewer

515 Anderson Drive, Suite 900, Romeoville

Beer is available for curbside pickup or delivery. Some of the beers available include a Bikini Bottom Pineapple Gose and Balloon Head Watermelon.

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Tribes Beer Co.

11120 Front Street, Mokena

Half-priced growlers every Tuesday! Some of the beers available include Southside Lager, Craft’d IPA, and Stuart Mackenzie Scotch Ale.

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Lake Bluff Brewing Co.

16 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff

Delivery and pickup options include Inspiration IPA and Dog Day Peach Hefeweizen.


1516 East Lake Street, Glenview

Order beers like Kitz (Irish Red), Red Dawn (Sour), and Say Uncle (Russian Imperial Stout) via curbside pickup.

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Buffalo Creek Brewing

360 Historical Ln, Long Grove

Stop by to get one of seven different packages including Farmer’s Illegit Daughter (Belgian Farmhouse Saison) and Marvelous (German-Style Kolsch).

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Ten Ninety

1025 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview

Stop by the Glenview brewery to get their simple but delicious beer.

Hopvine Brewing Co.

4030 Fox Valley Center Dr, Aurora

Check out their 13 signature craft beers, available in 12oz, 16 oz, howlers, and growlers.

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The Lucky Monk

105 Hollywood Blvd, South Barrington

The 10-barrel brewhouse has a small selection of beer, but some of the tasty options include a barrel-aged brew and a stout.

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Emmett’s Brewing Co.

Multiple Locations

Emmett’s Brewing Co, a winner of dozens of prestigious beer brewing awards, can be delivered directly to your door via DoorDash. 

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More Brewing Company

126 South Villa Avenue, Villa Park

One of the delicious options available here includes Open Fields (Cream Ale), which is brewed with soft water and flaked corn.

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Short Fuse Brewing Company

5000 N River Road, Schiller Park

This Schiller Park taproom has not only beer like For Goodness Shakes Pineapple (IPA Milkshake), Loosey Juicy (New England IPA), and Sticky Nuts (Stout) as well as food options.

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Skeleton Key Brewery

8102 Lemont Rd #300, Woodridge

A tiny, hidden taproom that often hosts trivia and other themed nights, Skeleton Key has a selective menu that rotates regularly.

Smylie Brothers Brewing Co.

1615 Oak Ave, Evanston

This lowkey brewery tucked away in Evanston is not to be overlooked. Order a flight and try the Purple Line (Fruit Beer), Applewood Porter (Porter), and a Zuper Saisonstein (Belgian Strong Golden Ale).

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Scorched Earth Brewing Company

203 Berg St, Algonquin

Boasting an extensive beer lineup that includes everything from milk stouts to German-style kölsch, Scorched Earth should be on your brewery bucket list.

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