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    Brewery Tour

    Want to see how a small local brewery operates? Want to learn about the beer brewing process? Want to sample the latest hand crafted beers from Lake Effect? If the answers to any of those questions were "Yes", then take part in one of these FREE tours! Receive an up close and personal tour with Lake Effect Brewing Company's brew master, and get a number of beer tastes (sold separately at a satellite bar located steps away), including upcoming releases, and from time to time, rare vintage beers. Lake Effect Brewing will show you the process of their famous craft brews as you dissect the process of brewing, and how hops are transformed into the delicious nectar you sip, gulp, and possibly even chug during happy hour. You'll also get an inside look at the working brewery, bottling area, barrel room, and urban farm. With this newfound knowledge, you might even be able to start a craft brew of your own!
    Brewery Tour

    4727 W Montrose Ave, Chicago

    • Learn the intricate brewing process used by Lake Effect Brewing Company
    • Witness the transformation, firsthand, from hops to brew on this tour
    • Taste test a collection of Lake Effect Brewing Company beers
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    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    On this pub crawl with an educational twist, you'll explore Chicago’s entertainment history and learn about prohibition, jazz, vices, and social clubs. You will interact with historic photos and videos on shared iPads and visit historic buildings for three drink stops. On this walking tour of Chicago, visit some magnificent lobbies and really engage with beautiful historic architecture. Historic photos and video clips are presented on shared iPads along with expert tour guide commentary.
    Historic Chicago Bar Tour

    435 N Michigan Ave, Chicago

    • Join a historic pub crawl with an educational twist as you enjoy delicious beverages
    • Explore Chicago’s entertainment history and observe storied architecture
    • Learn about local prohibition, jazz, theater, vices, and social clubs
    • Interact with Chicago in one of the most unique ways imaginable
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    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy style vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800's. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide will provide an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries, and the effect that Prohibition had on the city. Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. The best part? You will receive samples of craft beer at each of the three breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step-by-step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process. Please bring your government issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
    Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

    600 N Clark St, Chicago

    • Travel to various breweries in a fun unique Prohibition-era styled barrel bus!
    • Gain a deep educational insight into Chicago politics in connection with breweries
    • Enjoy approximately 45-55 ounces of different flavors of craft beer
    • Capture​ ​these​ interesting breweries ​with​ ​great​ ​photos​ ​as​ ​you​ ​make​ ​one-of-a-kind​ ​memories!
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    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

    Are you interested in going on a three-hour walk? If you said yes, you’re probably just being polite. But what if we told you there’s BEER involved -- really, really good beer. Discover Chicago’s finest beer on this three-hour walking tour of the Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhoods. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll learn about Chicago’s history related to immigration and brewing -- from the late 1600s to the present day -- and visit bars, restaurants, and other locally owned establishments, including the bar that doubled as “Molly’s” on the TV show Chicago Fire. You’ll also enjoy a Chicago-style hotdog and get a look at some of the city’s historical architecture. So let’s see: You’ve got exercise, beer, hot dogs, and architecture. Yep, I’d say that checks off just about every box!
    Bucktown and Wicker Park Beer Tour

    W Cortland St, Chicago

    • Spend 3 hours touring Chicago’s Bucktown and Wicker Park neighborhood, enjoying some of the best beer in the region
    • Visit innovative and homey watering holes, including the bar featured on the TV show Chicago Fire
    • Explore “Beer Baron Row” where a majority of the old German beer barons used to live in the late 1800s
    • Admire Chicago's famed architecture and hear stories from your guide about the area’s immigration and brewing history
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    Haymarket Riot + Brewery Running Tour

    "It began with a rally... but the consequences are still being felt today." - William J. Adelman Join CRTC for a 4-mile tour that features anarchism and architecture. Along the way you'll see the The Willis Tower, Dearborn Station at Printer's Row, Greektown, Union Station, Old St. Patrick's Cathedral and The Palmer House Hotel. And of course you’ll visit the memorial site of the 1886 Haymarket Riot, which stirred labor movements around the world. All that body-moving and history-learning will probably make you thirsty. Not to worry! You’ll end your tour at Haymarket Pub and Brewery, where you’ll get to enjoy one Speakerswagon® Pilsner Beer. What’s a good run without a beer reward at the end?
    Haymarket Riot + Brewery Running Tour

    Central Loop, Chicago

    • Enjoy a 4-mile running tour to see some of the most iconic architecture in Chicago
    • Visit sites like The Willis Tower, Dearborn Station, The Palmer House Hotel and more
    • Learn about the 1886 Haymarket Riot and see the the memorial site
    • Get a great workout while discovering a whole new side of Chicago
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    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour

    So, of course you don’t need a tour of beers, you’re already the expert there. But do you need a tour of Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beers? Probably. Kick this walking tour off at a local watering hole, where you'll meet your guide and enjoy your first beer tasting of the day. Then continue the tour around the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods, making your way to other locally-owned, off-the-beaten-path establishments. As you walk, you’ll hear plenty of stories from your insider guide about Chicago’s long history of brewing beer. Along the way, you’ll pop into an Irish pub for a creamy pint of Guinness pulled just right by an expert barkeep. Head over to a beer-and-bacon bar to savor a variety of crispy bacon treats paired with your beer tasting. Meet the owner of a specialty beer and wine store, and hear about how he handpicks his collection. And stop by a microbrew pub before walking into a punk rock bar that was established before Prohibition and is known today for its eclectic beer selection and whiskeys. You'll also have the chance to watch a home-brewing demonstration, learning about different beer styles as you take in the aromatic hops and barley. When your tour ends, you'll have plenty of new knowledge about some of Chicago's best places to find a great pint. Whether you’re an expert or not, you’re going to love this tour. Why? Because, beer.
    Lakeview and Lincoln Park Beer Tour

    Harrigan's, Chicago

    • Sip your way through Lakeview and Lincoln Park’s best beers on a 3-hour walking tour of 2 iconic Chicago neighborhoods
    • Follow your guide to a series of bars and breweries for flights of regional craft brews
    • Raise a glass as you learn how Chicago’s immigrant cultures created a proud brewing tradition
    • Experience the bar scene like a local, try a classic Midwestern pairing at a beer-and-bacon bar, and see what’s on draft in the Windy City
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