Northern Illinois drinking and nightlife

Brewery in Northern Illinois

Two Brothers Tap House

Two Brothers hides in an industrial park surrounded by fields. Two brothers, Jim and Jason, do indeed brew the suds, which you can sample via the 14 or so taps in the big, open space. Favorites include Domaine Dupag…
Bar in Galena

VFW Hall

The VFW Hall provides an opportunity to sip cheap beer and watch TV alongside veterans of long-ago wars. Don't be shy: as the sign out front says, the public is welcome. Cash only.
Microbrewery in North Shore Suburbs

Temperance Beer Company

The name of this laid-back brewery is a waggish reference to Evanston's legacy as a teetotaling stronghold: the town's dry spell outlasted US Prohibition by 40-odd years, ending in 1974. Fast-forward another four de…
Microbrewery in North Shore Suburbs

Smylie Brothers

It's hard to find much to dislike about this massive brewpub. The food menu covers steamed mussels to wood-fired pizza to Texas BBQ, and a roster of beers satisfies both no-fuss lager lovers and connoisseurs of more…