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Celebrate Happy Hour Across the City

With so many great breweries on the OHC lineup this year, it'll always be 5 o'clock somewhere!

It only feels right to celebrate the return of in-person site visits during Open House Chicago with a refreshing beverage at the end of the day. Whether you’re up north in Irving Park, down south in Beverly, or somewhere in between, there’s a spot for you on this OHC bar crawl.

Eris Brewery & Cider House

4240 W. Irving Park Rd.

Eris stands out as Chicago’s premier cider brewery, where house-made ciders are served alongside an impressive rotating food menu. Located inside a former Masonic temple, Eris won the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for adaptive use from Landmarks Illinois in 2019 after a careful five-year restoration process.

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The Plant

1400 W. 46th St.

The Plant is all about turning abandoned resources into assets, so it should come as no surprise that this research and production facility has gone to great lengths to preserve and reimagine the former meatpacking facility it now calls home. Several small food businesses are located inside The Plant, including Whiner Beer and its taproom. Interested in a nonalcoholic beverage? Try one of Arize’s kombuchas, also made on site.

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One Lake Brewing

1 Lake St.

The past and the present collide at One Lake Brewing, where architectural details that are original to the 1920s bank building mesh with work by local artisans. Enjoy a traditional beer with a Midwest flair while perusing the vintage photos of Oak Park that adorn the brewery’s walls, courtesy of the Oak Park River Forest Museum. Or you can take your beverage to the roof deck, which offers an impressive view of the Chicago skyline.

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The Glunz Tavern & The House of Glunz Wine & Spirits Shop

1202-1206 N. Wells St.

While this family-operated wine and spirits shop has been in business since 1888, old became new again in 2012 when The House of Glunz opened its tavern back up for the first time since Prohibition. Along with the tavern’s reopening came the discovery of historic décor and artifacts that were uncovered during the building’s restoration. Hand-carved furniture and drinkware from Old Town’s German past make The Glunz Tavern a historic treat that cannot be missed.

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Lake Effect Brewing Company

4727 W. Montrose Ave., Suite C

The inventive small-batch beers from Lake Effect Brewing could easily be considered a hole in one. Located in a space once used to make golf clubs, this brewery takes inspiration from its surrounding geography. Its “Inland Seas” bomber series creates a signature beer for each of the Great Lakes and their major geographical features.

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These locations emphasize the strides Chicago’s modern breweries are making to honor the city’s rich architectural history, but this isn’t the first time beer has influenced Chicago’s buildings. Explore Wicker Park’s late-19th century mansions that were built by titans of the craft brewing industry on the Beer Baron Row self-guided walking tour. You can find this trail, along with many other trails, on the OHC app.

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