In a city overflowing with spots to enjoy the perfect pint, here are a half dozen of Chicago’s finest.
Hopleaf With 63 beers on draft and another 326 in bottles, this Belgiancentric hangout is the granddaddy of Chicago beer bars. Standout fare, too—the mussels and frites may be the city’s best. 5148 N. Clark St., 773-334-9851
Delilah’s Don’t be fooled by the abundance of whiskey bottles: This cool, dark, ghoul-rocking refuge is just as committed to beer, with a smart list that is heavy on Belgians and local brews. 2771 N. Lincoln Ave., 773-472-2771
Owen & Engine This Old World–style English gastropub features 20 rotating international and American craft beers on draft and another four in casks. 2700 N. Western Ave., 773-235-2930
Map Room With its world-map-adorned walls, back issues of National Geographic, and high-backed stools, it would be tough to find a serious beer bar that is more worn-in, laid-back, and relaxing. 1949 N. Hoyne Ave., 773-252-7636
Lagunitas Brewing Company TapRoom Wednesday through Sunday, this cavernous spot offers rare beers and live music from some of Chicago’s best roots and blues performers, such as Sanctified Grumblers and Jimmy Johnson. 2607 W. 17th St., 773-522-2097
Maria’s Packaged Goods & Community Bar The sexy, candlelit bar in back boasts a vintage beer-can collection (think Schmidt’s and Iron City Beer) that spills out into the hallway, patio, and even the restrooms, while the retail store in front offers great beers on your way out. 960 W. 31st St., 773-890-0588