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Chicago’s 2012 Craft Beer Week, May 17-27th, Visit Breweries on the Line

Chicago’s 3rd annual Craft Beer Week, and because we all like a good thing it will last for 11 days, and will be held on May 17th -27th. This years theme is “Chicago: A City of Neighborhoods”. There are over 200 venues participating. You will be able to pick up a lanyard and a map at a number of these venues. After selecting from one of 10 maps covering 9 neighborhoods in the city and 1 in the suburbs, participants can purchase beer for $4 and will get a sticker with the breweries logo to attach to their map. Sounds like a great way to remember the event or maybe depending on how much beer you drink, the only way to remember the event. Seriously we encourage everyone to drink responsibly and support the craft breweries in Chicago-land.

In addition of you visit 6 or more neighborhoods and get at least 2 or more stamps in each neighborhood, you can attend the closing ceremony as a VIP, however you will still need to purchase a ticket for the event. For more information on where to pick up a lanyard and a map as well as other special events during the week go to

Below is a list of the Craft Breweries within a mile of the Northwest Pacific Line. Some of the breweries may or may not be taking part of Craft Beer Week.


Emmit’s Ale House
110 N. Brockway St.
Palatine, IL 60067
P: (847)359-1533

Emmit’s has 3 locations in the Chicago-land area and is a family owned tavern and restaurant dating back to 1871. The brewery is still owned and operated by the third generation of the Burns family who consider themselves “traditional brewers”. Their beers are brewed with ingredients imported from the country of origin for that particular beer. Not only do they care about what they put in beer, but they also care about what the beer is put into. Beers are served in glassware designed to enhance the particular beer type. Emmit’s Beer is also sold in a number of liquor stores and restaurants as well on premises.

Emmit’s is located across the street from the Palatine Metra Station.

Clybourn Metra Station

Goose Island
1800 W. Clybourn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

The Goose Island Brewery on Clybourn is one of two locations in Chicago. These brew pubs produce a variety of beer that is widely distributed and has been winning medals for over 15  years in a row. This location serves food and host a number of events.

The Goose Island Brewery is .9 miles from the Clybourn Metra Station

Piece Brewery
1927 W North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60620
(773) 772-4422

The Piece Brewery has won a medal every year since 2002. The brewery is a 7 barrel brew house specializing in small batch, hand crafted beers. This microbrewery serves food in a relaxed atmosphere where you will find several TV’s and a sunken lounge area. They also feature karaoke and daily drink specials. Growlers of beer are available for sale.

The Piece Brewery is .8 miles or about a 15 minute walk from the Clybourn Metra Station.

Chicago – Olgilvie Transportation Center

Haymarket Pub & Brewery
737 W Randolph
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 638-0700

The Haymarket Pub & Brewery specializes in classic Belgian and contemporary American Beer, and has won over 50 awards. The Haymarket serves brunch, lunch, dinner and even has a late night menu. The pub has 32 tap handles, 10 with house brews. In addition the pub hosts a large number of events and will be taking part in Craft Beer Week.

The Haymarket Pub & Brewery is .6 miles from the Olgilvie Transportation Center only about an 11 minute walk.

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