City on Tap

BY: Katie Cortese | Jun 26, 2013
City on TapEnjoy summer in Chicago with beer-drenched picnics, table tennis, and craft brews at these five spots. If You Really Like High-Fives Revolution Brewing (Logan Square | 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.) Revolution Brewing’s trademark fist punched into the air welcomes guests when they arrive and serves as the tap handle for each of its brews, which include Eugene porter, Anti-Hero IPA, and Straight Jacket barley wine. This brewpub’s outdoor eating area is almost, but not quite, outdoors, with a wall of french windows that open along the sidewalk. If You Settle Disputes Over Table-Tennis Matches: Ada Street (Bucktown | 1664 N. Ada St.) Ada Street’s outdoor dining area is more of a backyard than a patio, with tall brick walls, a ping-pong table, and faux grass to run your toes through while sipping on local brews from Metropolitan Brewing. If You Want to Join a Union: Haymarket Pub & Brewery (Near West Side | 737 W. Randolph St.) Members of the Local 737 Beer Drinker’s Union, the pub’s customer-loyalty program, get the first crack at new beers during union meetings. The rest of the public can hang out on the patio while imbibing scotch ales, pilsners, and a 10% golden ale. If You Accidentally Invite Every Facebook Friend to Your Birthday Party: Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (Near North Side | 1 W. Grand Ave.) This Denver-born brewery has locations across the country. On the Near North Side location, handcrafted red ales, pale ales, and stouts brewed onsite can be sipped on the rooftop garden with 200 of your closest friends. If you like Inserting the Word Deciduous into Conversations: Sheffield’s (Lakeview | 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.) The leafy beer garden is filled with picnic tables and hosts beers from around the world, as well as suds from local breweries, such as Half Acre Beer Company and Two Brothers Brewing Company.