Chicagoland Suburban Brewery Patios Open Today

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Suburban Brewery Patios
Photo of the Wolfden Brewing patio via their Facebook Page.

Today, a number of suburban brewery patios are able to open around the Chicagoland area, even while Chicago lags behind by a few days — and Northwest Indiana has been able to open since last week.

While we’re excited about this small taste of normalcy, there are likely to be a lot of people looking to get out and stretch their legs a bit. If you’re planning to head out to one of these places ASAP, be prepared for some wait time in your car if the patios are full.

A few things we’re seeing that make us hopeful that this won’t send us back to a full shutdown again:

Many places are mandating masks at all time when you’re not drinking — upon entry, when ordering, when heading to the bathroom, everything. This is the best bet for overall safety in our highly trained medical opinion: None of this “please wear a mask but we respect your decision if you aren’t comfortable wearing one at all times” garbage. You want to be in the world? Mask up.

Other best practices we’re happy to see: Credit card purchases only, no beer flights or sample pours, plastic/compostable single-use cups only, limited reservation times. Drinking beer outside is fun. Being safe and healthy is better.

Of course, none of this works if it’s not enforced, and it’s extremely hard for a brewery to turn away any business in a time like this, even when someone wants to make a scene about not wearing a mask because they’re some sort of entitled inconsiderate shithead. So! Everyone who wears a mask makes it more normal for everyone else to wear a mask too. It’s on all of us. Just do it.

Remember to peruse our list of every brewery in Chicagoland, and most of these updates are coming via Instagram (which is also linked!). Anyone missing? Let us know via email or our socials.

Here’s who we’re seeing open for patio service as of today:

18th Street Brewery, with extra space between tables and time-limited reservations:

Alter Brewing: Both locations in Downers Grove and St. Charles.

Arrowhead Ales: 27 tables in the parking lot, by the looks of it.

Black and Gray Brewing:

Brothership Brewing in Mokena:

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🍻 𝐁𝐄𝐄𝐑 𝐆𝐀𝐑𝐃𝐄𝐍 – 𝐎𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝟒-𝟖𝐩𝐦🍻 ⁣⁣ ⁣ We would like to start by saying Welcome Back! We are ecstatic to be able to offer the opportunity for people to come to the brewery and try our freshest offerings directly from the source. We have been approved for an occupancy of 60 and we will be taking people on a first come, first serve basis. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In order for us provide a safe environment for everyone and to continue with our beer garden, we have some guidelines that we are asking everyone to follow to meet state and local requirements. Please remember to bring your face covering since it must still be worn unless you are seated at your table.⁣⁣ ⁃We are only allowed to have persons 21 and older at this time, per state law.⁣⁣ ⁃We will only be accepting credit card transactions. We also have a contactless card reader.⁣⁣ ⁃No parties larger than 6 at a table and 4 at a barrel.⁣⁣ ⁃You are required to wear a face covering at all time unless you are seated with your party.⁣ You must wear a face covering when interacting with staff. ⁣ ⁃Please do not move the tables. They are spaced per IL requirements.⁣⁣ ⁃Consuming beer purchased “to go” or outside alcohol is prohibited.⁣⁣ ⁃No drinking outside the designated seating areas.⁣⁣ ⁃The restrooms in the brewery will be available. This will be the only reason a patron can enter the brewery at this time.⁣⁣ ⁃Please monitor the weather, we will not be able to transition indoors due to restrictions.⁣⁣ ⁃No smoking within the seating area.⁣⁣ ⁃Other than service dogs, no pets are allowed.⁣⁣ ⁃You can bring your own food, but we will be unable to offer any utensils, plates, napkins, etc. ONLINE ORDERS AND PICK UPS REMAIN AVAILABLE WITH EXTENDED HOURS TO MATCH OUR BEER GARDEN OPEN TIMES!!!

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Byway Brewing: Also open for dine-in with a limited capacity.

Church Street Brewing‘s patio is open in Itasca, and they’ve got some new beers and seltzers including a 9.5% ABV Baltic Porter. Sign us up.

Crystal Lake Brewing‘s got an extended biergarten:

Elmhurst Brewing’s biergarten:

Flossmoor Station:

Hailstorm Brewing has some temporary outdoor seating:

Imperial Oak in Willow Springs:

Miskatonic in Darien is adding a beer garden to their patio:

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This is long, but it is important you read it all! ONLINE ORDERING – Online ordering will remain in-place during Phase III, and remains the recommended method for getting our beer. – Curbside Pick up will now happen in the back parking lot. Please call on arrival and we will bring it to your car. -We are very fortunate to still be doing Deliveries. Please see the hours below. ON-SITE RULES – While in Phase III, we are not allowing anybody under the age of 21 on the property. We will revisit this rule as we continue to adjust during this time. – Patrons must wear a mask when on our property. – You are free to remove your mask when consuming your beverage, otherwise, it must be worn at all other times; entering/exiting the property, ordering a beer, using the restroom, etc. – We will not have masks available to give/sell to patrons; you must bring your own. – Each party is limited to six (6) people maximum. – Patrons wearing masks and observing social distancing will be allowed to enter the Tap Room for the following purposes: – To order and retrieve a beer from the bar – To use the restroom – To pick-up an online order from the bar – All drinks will be served in disposable compostable cups. – We will not be doing flights or sample pours. – Please observe the signs describing the traffic patterns in & out of the taproom. – To-Go Beer is not to be drunk on the patio. Only beer our staff pours. – Again, only 21+ will be allowed in the beer garden. We are sad about this but want to make sure we have plenty of room for you all to drink and enjoy our beers safely. NEW HOURS We will adjust these based upon demand, the State’s current Phase, and other factors. “Beer Garden/Patio Hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 3-10pm Wednesday: 3-10pm Thursday: 3-10pm Friday: 3-11pm Saturday: Noon-11pm Sunday: Noon-7pm Online Order Pick-up Hours: Monday: 4-7pm Tuesday: 3-10pm Wednesday: 3-10pm Thursday: 3-10pm Friday: 3-11pm Saturday: Noon-11pm Sunday: Noon-7pm Delivery Deadlines for Same-Day Delivery Monday: Orders in by 4PM Tuesday: Orders in by 4 PM Wednesday: Orders in by 4 PM Thursday: Orders in by 4 PM Friday: Orders in by 4 PM Saturday: Orders in by 2

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New Oberpfalz in Griffith, IN: Open with lunch bundles for limited seating.

One Trick Pony now has an “Outdoor Beer Enjoyment Pergola” — so don’t be “that guy.”

Pollyanna Brewing: Open at all three locations in Lemont, Roselle and St. Charles.

Sew Hop’d in Huntley is opening with some great rules; More Huntley announced they weren’t quite ready yet.

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☀️ PATIO UPDATE Y’ALL ☀️ As Illinois enters Phase 3 of reopening, we are excited to welcome you all back to our patio this weekend. Things are going to look a little different, we’re hoping this is something everyone already expects coming. First of all, we will continue with Curbside Pick-Up through online ordering, and remains the recommended method for getting our beer, if you are not ready to hang on the patio. *Curbside Pick-Up Hours: Wed-Thurs 3-6p Fri-Sat 12-8p Sun 12-6p *Beer Garden/Patio Hours: Fri-Sat 12-8p Sun 12-6p *The following rules are as set by the CDC & the State of Illinois- they will be strictly enforced.* -For now, the Patio will be 21+ ONLY- No children, No dogs. As much as we love and miss your kids & pups (we love our amazing families in the taproom!), for now please leave them home. We will revisit this rule as we continue to adjust during this time -Masks are required when not at your table. This means when in line/ordering, entering the building to use the restroom, etc. We will have masks and bandanas available for purchase if you don’t have one -Each party/table is limited to 6 people, maximum -Tables are set 6 feet apart- there is no moving them at all -All drinks will be served in 16 oz. cans with disposable compostable cups, upon request -We will not be doing flights or sample pours -Please observe the signs describing the traffic patterns for lines, bathroom use, etc. Please maintain social distancing -Beer purchased for To-Go is not to be consumed on the patio -There is No Smoking anywhere near the outdoor seating -Garbage & Recycling Cans will be placed throughout the seating areas. Please dispose of your own trash to avoid cross-contamination -All tables will be sanitized between patrons. PLEASE be respectful of our staff and other patrons. Maintain social distancing. Have patience. Wait your turn for a table. -If waits for tables get excessive, we will try and implement time limits for seating (90 minutes seems fair). We appreciate all of your support these last few months, and we are looking forward to taking this next step safely! We miss you all, and hope to see your (masked) faces this weekend.

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St. John Malt Brothers:

Ravinia Brewing:

Two Hound Red in Glen Ellyn will be seating people in their parking lot:

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Outdoor Dining opens this Friday!!! . . . Although we may not be able to mingle like we did one short year ago, we can’t wait to see you all again! . . . Our parking lot will open THIS Friday at 3pm for dinner!! Check out all the details below: – “Call Ahead” list opens each day starting at 12 noon (calls for the “day of” only) – Only 6 people per table – Masks may be necessary to be seated (but can be removed upon arriving at your table) – Weather may affect days/hours so check social media for current updates – Carry out and delivery still available **Hours of operation Friday May, 29th thru Thursday, June 4th** ^Fri: 12 noon for beer, wine and cocktails // 3pm for “dine in”, carryout & delivery ^Sat: 12-9pm for “dine-in”, carryout & delivery ^Sun: 12-8pm for “dine-in", carryout, & delivery ^Mon: 3-8pm for “dine-in”, carryout & delivery ^Tues: CLOSED ^Wed & Thur: 3-8pm for “dine-in”, carryout & delivery *Kitchen shuts down 30 mins before closing time . . . We ask all patrons to please be respectful of fellow customers waiting for their table. . . . If you have any questions or would like additional information, please email us at or send a message on Instagram or Facebook. . . . For the safety of our customers and employees, we will strictly enforce guidelines and restrictions set forth by the State of Illinois – Phase 3 Reopening Plan. ☀️ 🍻 ☀️🍻☀️🍻☀️🍻☀️ . . . #twohoundred #2HR #restaurant #brewery #craftbeer #scratchfood #beer #chicagocraftbeer #illinoiscraftbeer #outsidedining #parkinglotpicnic #curbside #carryout #delivery #kegs #growlers #howlers #twistcans #winetogo #cocktailstogo #glenellynillinois

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Une Annee and their new space is now ready for your beer and barbecue needs:

Wolfden Brewing in Bloomingdale has their biergarten open for beer purchases only, no wine, food or drinks for starters.

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Karl has written about food, travel and beer for Chicago Magazine, Thrillist, Time Out Chicago, AskMen and more. His book, Beer Lovers Chicago, is now available via Amazon and other booksellers.If you're buying, he's likely having a porter or a pale ale.

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