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Chicago pubs

I am spending a week at the Fairmont downtown and need some recommendations for beer joints. This time I am without the wife and kids, so there are minimal restrictions. Thanks in advance.

There’s nothing super close to you that I like, but some things within a decent walk/cab ride

Downtown
Monk’s Pub ~~ 15 minute walk

http://www.mmonks.com/ Closed weekends

Clark Street Ale House ~~ a bit of a hike, but easy from the Red Line

http://clarkstreetalehouse.com/

Jake Melnick’s is also a bit of hike. I like Clark Street Ale House better, but they don’t have food

http://www.jakemelnicks.com/

Mariano’s Fresh Market is close to your hotel and has a really nice selection of local beers

http://www.marianosfreshmarket.com/

If you’re willing to cab/train/bus outside of downtown, there are tons of places. I highly recommend Revolution Brewing in Logan Square. It’s really easy to get to from the Blue Line

http://revbrew.com

Check out Beermapping for many more options.

http://beermapping.com/maps/citymaps.php?m=chicago

+1 to Revolution Brewing… they make some great beers there…good food too.

Also worth checking out, and not terribly far from Revolution is the Map Room, little bar with a really expansive beer selection.

It would be a big ticket cab ride or an hour on the train and walking, but if you’re going to find yourself in the area anyway the Hop Leaf is fantastic. http://hopleaf.com/

Seconded on Monk’s Pub for a downtown option. When I lived in Chicago, it was my go-to place for winding down after work.

Miller’s Pub is another good Loop option that might be a bit closer to you than Monk’s. Not a huge collection, but a fairly well-curated one for the area. Comfortable place to just sit and enjoy. http://www.millerspub.com/

[quote=“bunderbunder”]It would be a big ticket cab ride or an hour on the train and walking, but if you’re going to find yourself in the area anyway the Hop Leaf is fantastic. http://hopleaf.com/
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Hopleaf is a favorite of mine, too, but it does take a commitment to get there. They finally finished their expansion and started opening for lunch a couple of weeks ago. I’m looking forward to seeing the new space.

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