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
Six places where you can quench your thirst with a fine-crafted microbrew (and the kids can have fun, too).
Flossmoor was voted best small brewpub and best small brewpubbrewer in America at the Great American Beer Festival. Maybe partof 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 OldCaboose Ice Cream, a renovated caboose serving premium, homemadeice cream in an old-fashioned setting.
Hamburger Mary’s has both an impressive beer list and animpressive menu for kids. This Andersonville brewery serves its ownbrews, like Mary Hoppins Pale Ale or Blonde Bombshell OrganicGolden Ale. Kids can munch on homemade mac `n’ cheese, deep friedpeanut butter and jelly, and for dessert, s’mores or chunks ofbrownies and bananas foster.
Patio at Café Brauer is a great place for a bite and a brewafter a busy day of checking out the lions, primates and bears atthe Lincoln Park Zoo. The café overlooks peaceful ponds and thescenic skyline in the zoo and serves local Goose Island brews ontap, like Green Line and Board Walk Blue. Bottled craft beers areavailable from nearby breweries, Two Brothers and Three Floyds.
Frietkoten Belgian Fries & Beer serves both kids’ andadults’ favorite indulgences done to perfection, traditionalBelgian fries. The fries aren’t just an afterthought here; they arethe star. Kids love the overloaded cones filled with crispy friesand up to 20 different dipping sauces to explore. Beer loversappreciate the list of Belgian beers on tap that are hand-picked tocompliment 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 tooffer. During the four-hour, 13-mile ride, parents and older kidscan sample hot dogs from Murphy’s Red Hots, deep-dish pizza fromGino’s East and cupcakes from Swirlz Cupcakes. Parents quench theirthirst with craft beer samples from Goose Island Brewery inWrigleyville and R.J. Grunts.
Landshark Beer Garden at Navy Pier is one of Chicago’s mostpopular and largest beer gardens. And best of all, it’s open to allages. The beer garden is located on the east end of Navy Pier,where you can dine on kids’ favorites like pizza and Chicago-stylehot dogs while enjoying the view of Lake Michigan and the skyline.Besides the signature Landshark Lager (also used while cookingbratwurst), there’s a wide selection of micro-brewed beers.