Beer, Wine & Spirits in Evanston

Fireball Santa Crawl for One, Two, or Four with Breakfast Buffet on Saturday, December 20 (Up to 51% Off)

Fireball Santa Crawl

Chicago

Start the day at Bar Louie with an egg and sausage buffet, then hit up four other watering holes for specials on Fireball shots and beer

$20 $12

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Running of the Santas Pub Crawl for Two or Four on Saturday, December 20 (Up to 51% Off)

Running of the Santas

Multiple Locations

Santas of all kinds run from Hangge Uppe to McFaddens while enjoying drink specials and listening to music

$50 $25

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Day Trip to Michigan Wine Country with Lunch, Tastings, and Round-Trip Transportation Included (47% Off)

Michigan Wine-County Day Trip

Chicago

Visit 4 Michigan wineries and taste up to 20 wines during a 9-hour excursion with a hearty lunch and round-trip transportation included

$150 $79

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Beer Tour, Tasting, and Pint Glasses for Two or Four at Finch's Beer Company (40% Off)

Finch's Beer Company

Chicago

One-hour tour peppered with unlimited tastes of Chicago-made beers including Fascist Pig red ale, Threadless IPA, and Secret Stache Stout

$20 $12

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90-Minute Brewery Tour for Two, Four, or Six with Tastings, Snacks, and Glasses at Argus Brewery (Up to 57% Off)

Argus Brewery

Roseland

During a 90-minute tour, guests learn about the historic origins of the brewery and the neighborhood while sampling craft brews

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four at Beviamo (Up to 64% Off)

Beviamo

Little Italy

Two reds, two whites, and one bubbly from across the world recommended by a wine specialist; complimentary snacks

$50 $19

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Wine Tasting for Two, Four, or Six at Downers Grove Wine Shop (Up to 53% Off)

Downers Grove Wine Shop

Downers Grove

Samples of six wines accompany light appetizers during tasting sessions for two, four, or six

$20 $10

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Wine Tasting for 4, 10, or 20 with 50% Off In-Store Purchases at WineStyles (Half Off)

WineStyles

Naperville

Wine tasting and education event features instructor-led tasting of six wines; sessions focus on region or styles

$40 $20

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Michael Dorf stood with his brother Josh, smiling over the barrel filled with wine from grapes they'd just crushed, fermented, and pressed. He claims that despite tastings and classes, he'd never begun to understand wine until this moment. As his understanding grew, he laid the foundations for City Winery: a full winery facility, restaurant, and concert venue inside urban Chicago. He now watches over more than 400 international wines and 20 house wines. Inside the winery, these wines—made from nine US and international varietals—age inside stainless steel tanks and American and French oak barrels. Here, staffers lead winemaking classes, letting visitors join the crushing and fermenting process, and showing them how make private barrels and fill custom juice boxes or bottles pasted with labels of their own design.

These monolithic tanks and barrels can be seen through floor-to-ceiling windows from most of the restaurant's rooms, where servers ferry Executive Chef Andres Barrera's dishes, each a blend of Italian, French, Spanish, and Middle-Eastern flavors. The culinary team crafts small and large plates of artisanal cheeses, seafood, and flatbreads—which they make using the winery's own wine lees as yeast. In the restaurant and Barrel Room tasting bar, staffers pour housemade wines piped fresh from the cellar through 14 taps, while visitors bask in the glow from hard wood and floor to ceiling windows. Patrons dine on a ground floor lit by soft blue lights and hanging lamps fashioned from old wine bottles, as well as a mezzanine level looking out on the city skyline. Private dining rooms gather guests around long communal tables, stretched between exposed brick walls. In the show venue, comedians, live musicians, and slapstick-prone stage crew members entertain audiences under the glow of tabletop candles.

1200 W Randolph St
Chicago,
IL
US

Cooper’s Hawk

Naturally, the chefs at Cooper’s Hawk have a sharp eye when it comes to wine pairings. Each of the restaurant’s contemporary dishes is crafted with a particular wine in mind, which makes plenty of sense given the fact that there’s a winery located just next door. Surrounded by oaken barrels and racks lined with glistening bottles, diners may be forgiven for thinking that they made a wrong turn and ended up in the winery itself. After your meal, see the real thing in the Napa–style tasting room, where you can sample up to eight different wines. The selection includes something for everyone, including graceful blush wines and cabernets whose flavors unfold like a novel scribbled on the wings of an origami crane.

798 W Algonquin Rd
Arlington Heights,
IL
US

Flatlander's pampers malt-pining palates by balancing a seasonal lineup of more than seven house-made brews with a diverse menu ranging from classic pub fare to gourmet entrees. Beer flights guide diners through five distillations and the on-site brewmaster ensures appetizers highlight each brews best qualities, matching seared asian ahi to the crispness of the Jackson Wit and spicy jumbo wings to the Flatlander IPA's training as a firefighter. Thick cuts of homestyle meatloaf and crispy morsels of fish and chips embody the roles of classic pub fare, subtly supported by gourmet-inspired castmates such as linguine pomodoro and USDA-prime center-cut filet mignon. An arsenal of 13 hearty burgers accessorized with toppings such as pulled pork, guacamole, or fried onions gratify any diet while bookended around a choice of USDA-prime chuck, ground turkey, veggie, or peppermint patties.

200 Village Grn
Lincolnshire,
IL
US

Cuisine Type: American tavern fare

Most popular offering: Giant German pretzel

Reservations: Optional

Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes

Alcohol: Full bar

Number of Tables: 25?50

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Established: 2013

Parking: Metered street parking

Handicap Accessible: Yes

Pro Tip: Enjoy great craft beer, tavern fare, sports, and live music.

Q&A with Chris Ciezak, General Manager

In your own words, how would you describe your menu?

Our tavern fare complements the quality of our craft beer and spirits. We start with classic comfort foods, combine them with traditional bar offerings, and give them a contemporary spin. The portions are ample and the flavors are bold. Taste, savor, and enjoy.

What made you want to work with food? When did you first develop that passion?

My passion for food, craft beer, hospitality, and entertainment has been evolving since an early age. With 17 years of experience in the industry, I continue to have a passion for taking care of people and making sure they are having a good time.

1601 Sherman Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

Union Pizzeria

Determined to find out how his favorite pizzeria made its pies, 13-year-old Vince Bibattista didn't scour cookbooks or even ask the chefs. Instead, he got a job there, which jumpstarted a lifelong culinary passion that led him to various Chicago kitchens and the classrooms of Kendall Culinary College before landing him at executive chef position at Evanston’s Campagnola. At the critically lauded Union Pizzeria, Vincent combines his experience with a return to his roots as he tops his wood-fired pizzas with locally grown, organic ingredients such as lamb, potato, and capers. He supplements those pies with shareable hot plates such as shrimp and grits, as well as cold plates such as bruschetta crowned with white beans and roasted cherry tomatoes––a cold plate far more appealing than the salted snow served at other locally-focused restaurants. To round out his Italian-style feasts, Vincent also crafts a different main every day, including balsamic-braised short ribs and herb-roasted Amish chicken.

1245 Chicago Ave
Evanston,
IL
US

The Cellar at The Stained Glass

The Cellar at The Stained Glass divides its menu of small plates into three sections determined by the region of culinary inspiration: Europe, America, and everywhere else. Dishes such as garlic and cauliflower custard with sautéed escargot proudly represent the Continent, and the States get their due with a bucket of buttermilk-battered chicken served with sweet garlic gravy. Tempura vegetables and Korean–style fish tacos with kim chi represent the tastes of the rest of the globe. Culinary journeys continue at the bar, where mixologists blend creative cocktails, dispense handcrafted beer via bottle and tap, and pour glasses of domestic and imported wine. The latter forms the bulk of The Cellar’s beverage stock; the restaurant even models its décor on a traditional wine bar, as is evidenced by the exposed-brick walls, wine storage wall, and squishy floor of grapes.

820 Clark Street
Evanston,
IL
US

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