We know you love your kids, but you also love craft beer.
You don't have to call the babysitter if you're looking to enjoy a
solid, artisan beer in Chicago. Here are six places where you can
quench your thirst with a fine-crafted microbrew (and the kids can
have fun, too).
- Kristen Kuchar
Flossmoor was voted best small brewpub and best small brewpub
brewer in America at the Great American Beer Festival. Maybe part
of the appeal is its fresh approach as a family-friendly,
train-themed brewery. It began not only to make fantastic beers,
but as a community gathering place. Located on the lawn is Old
Caboose Ice Cream, a renovated caboose serving premium, homemade
ice cream in an old-fashioned setting.
Hamburger Mary's has both an impressive beer list and an
impressive menu for kids. This Andersonville brewery serves its own
brews, like Mary Hoppins Pale Ale or Blonde Bombshell Organic
Golden Ale. Kids can munch on homemade mac `n' cheese, deep fried
peanut butter and jelly, and for dessert, s'mores or chunks of
brownies and bananas foster.
Patio at Café Brauer is a great place for a bite and a brew
after a busy day of checking out the lions, primates and bears at
the Lincoln Park Zoo. The café overlooks peaceful ponds and the
scenic skyline in the zoo and serves local Goose Island brews on
tap, like Green Line and Board Walk Blue. Bottled craft beers are
available from nearby breweries, Two Brothers and Three Floyds.
Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer serves both kids' and
adults' favorite indulgences done to perfection, traditional
Belgian fries. The fries aren't just an afterthought here; they are
the star. Kids love the overloaded cones filled with crispy fries
and up to 20 different dipping sauces to explore. Beer lovers
appreciate the list of Belgian beers on tap that are hand-picked to
compliment the fries.
Bobby's Bike Hike's most popular tour, the Bikes, Bites &
Brew Tour, shows some of the best grubs (and suds) Chicago has to
offer. During the four-hour, 13-mile ride, parents and older kids
can sample hot dogs from Murphy's Red Hots, deep-dish pizza from
Gino's East and cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes. Parents quench their
thirst with craft beer samples from Goose Island Brewery in
Wrigleyville and R.J. Grunts.
Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier is one of Chicago's most
popular and largest beer gardens. And best of all, it's open to all
ages. The beer garden is located on the east end of Navy Pier,
where you can dine on kids' favorites like pizza and Chicago-style
hot dogs while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan and the skyline.
Besides the signature Landshark Lager (also used while cooking
bratwurst), there's a wide selection of micro-brewed beers.