ILLINOIS

The 21st state.
Capital: Springfield
Motto: State Sovereignty, National Union
Flower: Common blue violet
Bird: Northern cardinal

BREWERIES

Better when you get it from the source

 

Lake Barrington

he Onion Pub began as the Wild Onion Brewing Company in 1996 with the simple goal of brewing the finest beer available to local beer drinkers. Our original brewery was located two blocks away and was pieced together with used dairy tanks in a small warehouse. As we grew our keg and bottle sales throughout Chicagoland, we began to dream of building a taproom and pub on this site. That dream became reality when the Onion Pub opened it’s doors to the public in 2003.
Our goal is simple: to provide a quality dining and beer-drinking experience in a space that inspires. We brew our ales and lagers in a 11,000 square-foot brewery, cellar, and packaging complex, directly below the bar. You are guaranteed only the freshest beer. Our foods are created with the same commitment to freshness and quality, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The timberframe is built from recycled timbers that pre-date the American Revolution, while our building is perched on a restored gravel quarry that holds water for the local watershed.

Wauconda

Whatever your everyday hustle is, we think life is a bit sweeter when you take a step back from the day-to-day and acknowledge the small victories. Because where you are in life right now is OK. In fact, it’s perfect.
Small Town Brewery is dedicated to crafting gruit-inspired beers. Gruit–German for herbs–describes the ancient practice of bittering ales with roots, spices, flowers, and berries. Tim Kovac, founder and brewmaster of Small Town Brewery, uses a proprietary technique to infuse a specialty blend of herbs and spices into his brewing process to create gruit-inspired beers with the unmistakable taste of nostalgia featuring classic American flavors

Elk Grove Village

While helping brew and bottle at Pipeworks, Mike met Drew Fox, Owner and Head Brewer of 18th Street Brewery.  Mike and Drew hit it off, so much so that Drew asked Mike to be his Assistant Brewer and help with Social Media and 18th's Kickstarter campaign.  Drew also allowed Mike to develop out Mikerphone Brewing and set up shop within 18th Street. 

Before Mike could brew any Mikerphone beer at 18th, he was presented with the opportunity to become the Head Brewer at BreakRoom Brewery, a new brewpub that was in the works.  It was an exciting opportunity, but one that meant Mikerphone Brewing would need to be put on hold.  So Mike accepted the opportunity, and spent a year and half developing recipes and building brand presence for BreakRoom. 

As the days went by, Mike realized the best option for him and his family was to relaunch Mikerphone Brewing.  Mike purchased a 3.5 barrel direct-fire brewhouse and was ready to ship it up to his hometown in Wisconsin and begin the build out of Mikerphone.  Shortly before that delivery was schedule, Steve Miller, Owner of SlapShot Brewing Company, presented Mike with an opportunity; set up Mikerphone Brewing at SlapShot and become SlapShot's new Head Brewer.  And here we are today!

Mikerphone Brewing...Craft Beer Inspired By Music. 

Chicago

Realizing both were passionate about great beer, they decided to try their hand at brewing. Brad and Jason started aggressively home brewing, making 3 batches a week for about 3 years. The possibility of one day operating their own brewery proved to be a great motivator. They started in the kitchen on a stove, and slowly upgraded their system as experience was gained.  They eventually realized their dream of opening a brewery and brewed their first commercial batch, G.F.Y. Stout, in November of 2012. From the humble beginnings on the stove, Spiteful grew to a team of 4 who help brew, package, and deliver cans, bottles, and kegs across Chicagoland!

Chicago

Half Acre is a Chicago beer company invested in each end of the brewing spectrum; time honored classics and experimental, sensory expanding releases.
We have two brewery spaces, the original on Lincoln Avenue and our expanded facility on Balmoral.
They both have taprooms and kitchens with food programs unique to the location. Lincoln is also home to our retail shop while Balmoral is home to our outdoor beer garden.

Flossmoor

As time went by and eventually rendered the old building obsolete as a train station, it began to crumble to oblivion. Run-down and well on its way to becoming a safety liability, the building desperately needed some tender loving care. Flossmoor natives, Dean and Carolyn Armstrong, couldn’t sit back and watch the deterioration of the beloved historic building. The couple quickly decided to invest themselves into turning the building back into a charming establishment that the community could enjoy. By adding modern conveniences, but preserving as much of the authentic character as possible, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery soon became a reality thanks to the Armstrongs. Flossmoor and South Chicagoland now had a true public house and community gathering place that the Armstrongs devotedly persisted to achieve.
Since opening in 1996, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery has been all about quality – from the handcrafted beers to the lively atmosphere, and not to mention the friendly, knowledgeable staff. Our gourmet pub food combines quality fare together with a host of locally sourced seasonal specials that will keep you coming back again and again. So stop in today and find out why we’ve won over 80 awards for our brews!

Chicago

Haymarket Brewing is a bar for working people — all kinds of working people: first responders, truck drivers, IT technicians, dentists, lawyers, electricians, chefs, brewers…anyone who wants a place to come and put down their hat after a long day on the job.
We celebrate working people in our name, which comes from our location: Chicago’s Haymarket Square, the site of the world famous Haymarket Affair of 1886.

That affair — which included a demonstration, riot and bombing — led directly to the creation of the eight-hour work day, and annual May Day celebrations that are still held around the globe.

Chicago

Pipeworks Brewery Co. was established in Chicago in 2012 by friends with a shared dream of crafting quality and creative beers. Since putting the first cap on the first bottle, the brewery has garnered accolades for its distinctive beers and original artwork thanks to a growing and enthusiastic team. 

 Pipeworks self-distributes in Illinois, Milwaukee, and Madison but can be found in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Connecticut through Sarene Distribution, in Minnesota through Clear River,  in Massachusetts through Nightshift Distributing, in Missouri through Clear River Distributing, and in Colorado through Elite Brands. We are also available for online beer purchase in some states through Tavour. 

 Chicago

The change in the U.S. beer scene has undoubtedly been revolutionary. We are proud of what we have accomplished in our short time to become a leader and innovator in the industry. The evolving tastes of beer drinkers has demanded bigger flavors, more variety, and better beer. That's exactly what we give you at Revolution Brewing. Between our brewery and our brewpub, we produce dozens of different beer styles every year. IPAs, porters, pilsners, Belgian-style ales, pale ales, barrel-aged beers—the list goes on!
Our brewery has been a labor of love. You can see it in everything we do, from the beautiful details of our mahogany bar at the brewpub, to the massive beauty of our eight 800 barrel fermenters at the brewery, to the commitment to quality in each beer that we put in a can or a keg. Revolution believes in the value of hard work. We work hard to provide great, accessible brews for everyday people. We have fun doing what we do and hope you have fun drinking our beers!

Chicago

WHY GOOSE ISLAND EXISTS
To lead in the craft of brewing by creating award-winning beers that define classic and innovative styles to capture the hearts, imaginations, and palates of beer drinkers.

WHAT GUIDES OUR DECISION MAKING
We are guided by our respect for the history and culture of beer as well as our passion for, and innovation in, brewing. We wish to enrich the cultural landscape of Chicago and support the inspirational organizations within our communities. Furthermore, Goose Island champions sustainability in our breweries (and beyond) as well as actively celebrates and engages our employees.

WHERE WE WANT TO BE
In years to come, Goose Island will solidify our leadership in the craft brewing industry. This goal will be achieved through sharing our expertise in the brewing process, involving ourselves with professional brewing and trade organizations and growing the craft beer community through consumer engagement and education.

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NATURAL ATTRACTIONS

Enjoy Nature

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Oglesby

Starved Rock State Park is a world apart from anything else in Illinois! You will know it the minute you enter the park, as you wind your car through the towering trees.
Amazing waterfalls are active in the spring and after heavy rains. We have 13 miles of trails to explore and the Illinois River offers fishing (ice fishing, too), boating, extraordinary views and great places to relax.
Visit the Lodge and see the largest two-sided fireplace in Illinois! Or for the full Park experience, stay in a cozy Lodge room or Cabin right inside the park! Starved Rock State Park is a free state park with no entrance fee.

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Harrisburg

One of the most photographed locations in the state, Garden of the Gods' scenic beauty is extraordinary. In the recreation area you can hike, camp, nature watch or picnic.
The Observation Trail features unique sandstone rock formations and panoramic views of the surrounding Garden of the God Wilderness. Interpretive signs explain the geological history. The 1/4-mile trail is made of natural sandstone and takes about an hour to walk. It contains short, steep grades and steps; benches are located along the trail and as a whole the trail is not tiring. Caution should be used due to the high cliffs in the area.

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Ferne Cliffe State Park

Bork's Waterfall is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Goreville, Illinois that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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Hardin County

Throughout the winter season, rain falls frequently in the Hoh Rain Forest, contributing to the yearly total of 140 to 170 inches (or 12 to 14 feet!) of precipitation each year. The result is a lush, green canopy of both coniferous and deciduous species. Mosses and ferns that blanket the surfaces add another dimension to the enchantment of the rainforest.
The Hoh Rain Forest is located in the stretch of the Pacific Northwest rainforest which once spanned the Pacific coast from southeastern Alaska to the central coast of California. The Hoh is one of the finest remaining examples of temperate rainforest in the United States and is one of the park's most popular destinations.
The Hoh lies on the west side of Olympic National Park, about a two-hour drive from Port Angeles and under an hour from Forks. The Hoh Rain Forest is accessed by the Upper Hoh Road, off of Highway 101

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Harrisburg

Burden Falls Wilderness is located in Pope County. The Wilderness is located adjacent to Bay Creek Wilderness and is in a stone's throw of Bell Smith Springs Recreation Area.Burden Falls Wilderness is comprised of a central hardwood ecosytem with some pine plantations. Trails for hiking and equestrian use will take you by some indications of past use by people including homestead, fruit trees, cemeteries and abandoned roads. Of course, there is a small, but very scenic waterfall located on the southern edge of the wilderness.

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Savanna

The Native American pathfinders along the rock palisades of the Mississippi River did as present-day hikers do -- in coursing the bluffs, they took the paths of least resistance. The trails at the Mississippi Palisades, especially the park’s southern routes, put you in touch with the past. Walk them and you’ll trace the footsteps of all those who came before you, some of whom came this way nearly a thousand years ago.
Located near the confluence of the Mississippi and Apple rivers in northwestern Illinois, the 2,500-acre Mississippi Palisades State Park is rich in Native American history.

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Chicago area

Michigan’s third largest lake with a water surface area of 22,300 square miles, Lake Michigan’s expansive shoreline boasts several stunning dune regions. Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is home to cascading sand dunes reaching as high as 450 feet above Lake Michigan. Others include Nordhouse Dunes at Ludington and Warren Dunes State Park near the Indiana state line, as well as the Gillette Sand Dune Visitor Center at P.J. Hoffmaster State Park in Muskegon.  The lake also contains numerous islands, notably the Beaver Island archipelago and the North and South Manitou Islands located between the Upper and Lower peninsulas.
There are 59 lighthouses that stand on the beaches of Lake Michigan as reminders of the importance of the centuries-old shipping industry, a story told well at the Michigan Maritime Museum in South Haven.

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Harrisburg

Once the site of a fire lookout tower, high knob was staffed by the Camp Cadiz Civilian Conservation Corpsmen (CCC) during the early days of the Shawnee National Forest.  The old tower's concrete footings still remain. A picnic area provides daytime parking and trailhead for the 5-miles of interconnecting trails below the Knob. Forty foot cliffs, clear creeks and deciduous forest are just a few of the features along the path.

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Wheaton

With gardens, museums, dining options, picnic areas, hiking trails, educational opportunities and more, Cantigny Park offers something for everyone. Download our map to plan your visit. See the areas now being revitalized as part of Project New Leaf, our multi-year effort to ensure Cantigny’s beauty for years to come.

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Collinsville

The remains of the most sophisticated prehistoric native civilization north of Mexico are preserved at Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Within the 2,200-acre tract, located a few miles west of Collinsville, Illinois, lie the archaeological remnants of the central section of the ancient settlement that is today known as Cahokia.

The Cahokia Mounds Museum Society is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to support the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site. Our mission is to promote for the public benefit the educational and scientific aspects of the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site and associated archaeological sphere, and to support activities that are calculated to preserve, develop or interpret Cahokia Mounds.

 

WINERIES

Enjoy there or take a bottle (or two) home with you.

 

Whittington

We would like to welcome you to Pheasant Hollow Winery.
Our goal at Pheasant Hollow Winery is to create a pleasant place for our guests to enjoy the finest grape and fruit wines in a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. We have increased our music events for our guest’s listening enjoyment while they sip our award winning wines. We hope to add additional festivals, murder mystery dinner theaters, and wine pairing dinners in the future.

Roselle

In 2013 we proudly welcomed Rodrigo Gonzalez to our staff as Winemaker after over a decade and a half of winemaking experience in his native Chile.  Rodrigo, a graduate of the University of Chile with a degree in Winemaking and a member of the Chilean College of Enologists, gained the majority of his experience as the Winemaker at Cremaschi Furlotti, located in Chile's Maule wine-growing region. Previously he worked at Casa Lapostolle and Viña Carmen, also in Chile.
At Cremaschi, many of Rodrigo’s wines garnered prestigious international medals. His skills captured international attention by winning a “Great Gold Medal” from "Concours Mondial de Bruxelless 2013" for his 2011 Single Vineyard Carmenere. Rodrigo's excellent palate, talent and proven success at creating fine wines attractive to many international markets will be the perfect complement to Lynfred's winemaking styles and will help to continue to enhance our unique offerings. Rodrigo brings to Lynfred Winery an impressive acumen of wine excellence.  

“In the Maule Valley and at the hand of winemaker Rodrigo Gonzalez, (Cremanchi Furlotti) achieved one of the continent’s 2 best Cabernet Sauvignon, proving that the world of Cabernet does not end with the Maipo Valley.” – South American Vineyards, Wineries & Wines

Maple Park

Acquaviva is a family-owned 40-acre estate vineyard and full service winery located at the corner of Route 38 and Meredith Road in Maple Park, Illinois. The 20,000 sq. ft. facility includes a tasting bar, Neapolitan-style pizza bistro with foods paired to accompany the wines, retail marketplace, private event space, as well as a visible winemaking production center. Along with the award-winning wines and delicious pairing cuisine, the Acquaviva winery boasts amazing architecture and hand-painted fine art by world renowned artist Andrew Zabela.

Elisabeth

Cultivating the land has run in the Harmston family blood for generations. So it’s no surprise that when founders Peggy & Greg Harmston moved back home to the hills of Massbach, they started their search for what the ridges of their rural land could support.


The start of the vineyard at Massbach Ridge was in 2000, with the Massbach tasting room opening in late 2003. We started with just a few styles of wines and have expanded to over 15 wines. In 2011, our second wine tasting room was opened in downtown Galena on 117 N. Main St..


We invite you out to either of our locations to discover your new favorite wine and relax in a simple and laid-back atmosphere. Schedule a tour with a group of your friends and family or stop in to one of our upcoming events.

Carlyle

Bretz Wildlife Lodge & Winery, located in beautiful Southern Illinois, just north of Carlyle offers a unique atmosphere for sipping wine and is the perfect compliment to everyday celebrations as well as those special occasions. Wildlife Lodge & Winery is not for wine drinkers only, we offer something for everyone. Amazing food and host of other amenities such as a full bar, sand volleyball and phenomenal sunsets where you can relax with friends while sipping a glass of wine. Please look around and see for yourself why “It’s more than worth it…”

Hanover

From its inaugural 1995 vintage, Col Solare's mission has been to unite these two unique viticultural and winemaking cultures to produce a world-class Cabernet Sauvignon-based red wine from the very best Washington fruit.
With opening of a new winery and planting of the estate vineyard on Red Mountain in 2007, that vision has evolved to focus on showcasing the Cabernet Sauvignon of this unique AVA and, ultimately, the specific fruit of the Col Solare estate vineyard. While this vineyard is young, Col Solare's partners and winemaking team have high hopes that it will produce wines to be enjoyed for years to come.

Makanda

Anchoring the eastern end of the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, our winery offers award-winning Illinois wines, classical Tuscan style and breathtaking views of the Shawnee National Forest.  Designed with Tuscan-inspired décor including stucco walls, hand-hewn beams, Portuguese tiles and beautifully carved doors, we know that you will enjoy the carefree elegance of the winery while savoring a glass of our hand-crafted wine.
We are open year-round, 7 days a week, to provide award-winning Illinois wine.  Please join us for wine tasting, a variety of hearty sandwiches, soups, pizzas, and snacks, as well as wine-alternatives such as beer and non-alcoholic beverages.  Enjoy our large indoor seating area and two beautiful outdoor terraces that overlook our vineyard and the rolling countryside.  The scenery of the Shawnee National Forest is beautiful year-round.  What better way to enjoy it than with a glass of wine.

Mackinaw

The Hahn Family invites you to enjoy their hospitality and sip a glass of wine from the tasting room while enjoying the 30 mile view of the picturesque valley below in the tasting room bulit by our founder Paul Hahn. The winery is the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of today’s hectic world and it is just waiting for you to visit. We offer about 24 wines for tasting and purchase, with 3 complimentary samples per guest and additional samples at $1 each. To complete your wine experience we offer local foodie favorites; assorted Ropp Jersey Cheese with crackers, confectionary chocolates from The Chocolatier and Montgomery Farms jellies made from our grapes and their garden. We also have canned Sodas, bottled tea and bottled water for $1 each for those not wishing to have beer or wine.
The tasting room, deck areas, pavilion and grounds are available to rent for parties, business meetings, reunions, or weddings and receptions. During the winter and early spring we host Trivia Games on Saturday evenings and Murder Mystery Dinners on selected Fridays and Saturdays. The summer and early fall the vineyard comes alive with music for our Concerts in the Vineyard on Saturday evenings and our four Annual Festivals. All our events are described in detail just click on the events page tab.

Oswego

Fox Valley Winery specializes in creating small lots of handcrafted, award-winning wines. Many varieties are made from estate grown, single-vineyard Illinois grapes. We offer wine tastings every day and host special events year-round. Please view our upcoming events and product information, or contact us for room rental information. We hope to see you in the tasting room! Cheers!

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