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UnCork It!

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Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.53
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393 E Illinois Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60611-4398
United States
phone: (312) 341-9400

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2.9/5  rDev n/a

This was a very convenient store from a downtown hotel, within easy walking distance, and a number of singles in a cooler.
Beyond that, it is not exactly a great place. The selection is just decent, but the store is obviously geared towards wine and spirits, and nobody knows anything about beer there. You have to find your way around on your own, locate your own beer, figure out how long it has been standing there (lots of expired beer, and some others without a date showing a lot of dust).
It is worthwhile if you want a couple of brews and do not want to drive from downtown. Otherwise, plenty of better options.

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Photo of phiberoptik
3.71/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Found this place using a beer place finder app (named after a lesser website) so we gave it a try to find something I cannot get here in Cincinnati. It is basically on the walk to and from Navy Pier.

I did not see a lot of rare beers and this is first and foremost a liquor store. The beer is in the back isle along the wall. What made this place worth the stop was the 3Floyds and Daisy Cutter sitting around in quantity when Binny's had none at any location.

The employee who helped us did not know much about the beers but was very friendly as were the ladies at the front.

Photo of mobud
2.8/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3

Walked by this place on the way to the Navy Pier and gave it a try. Nothing special. OK cross-section of good beers available in the area. Got a 4pk of Daisy Cutter, but was unable to find anything else worth buying. They carry 3Floyds but only had Robert the Bruce in stock. Most of the beer aisle was blocked by cases for stocking but not the beers in that section. Only one person there available and she was chatting with someone at the register. The Daisy Cutter was not cheap, but I wanted it and did not feel like searching anymore. Not a bad choice for beer in Chicago, but with so many options in this town, why bother.

Photo of JNewbs
3.71/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Atmosphere - It's pretty much a convenience store, with a big beer and wine aisle, or at least it feels like one. Grocery store-esque, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but beer is not the center of this store.

Quality - A lot of dusty bottles, it looks like this place doesn't get a lot of love from the local BAs. Everything was clean, and clearly marked though.

Service - A guy actually did come out and talk beer with me. He seemed pretty knowledgeable, but no more than your average BA was. He wasn't able to tell me much that I didn't already know. Good to see someone trying, though.

Selection - I'm not from the area, so it is tough to judge, but they had more Three Floyds than the Binny's I went to. Got some Daisy Cutter there, and picked up some Goose Island Fleur as well. All told, they had a lot of stuff that we don't get back home, so they get some love from me.

Value - They upticked the prices $1-2 per 6 pack it seemed like. Convenience fee for being so close to all the hotels, I guess.

Photo of emerge077
3.14/5  rDev n/a
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped by yesterday to see if it had improved in the 3 years since my last visit. Sadly no. Besides a few token craft and imports, the coolers in the back were macro dominated. There was a warm shelf in the back corner of the store that held import on the left, craft micros on the right. German .5L bottles were with the US craft 6 packs, there were a few holes here and there. Fairly basic selection, but with some quality brands thrown in. Chimay, Piraat, Weihenstephaner, Goose Matilda, Big Sky, Great Lakes, fairly typical stuff. A lonely Founders Cerise relegated to a back corner, but no other Founders beers.

As a converted former grocery store, there were little conveyor belt checkouts, and a tiny display of cheeses and cured meat by the registers. No one was on the floor to help, as the store was 80% devoted to wine.

If your hotel is right outside, then you have reason to grab at least a decent beer here for the hotel. Not really a place to stock up on what Illinois has to offer though. Pass this place and check out Binnys River North, Whole Foods, or Copperfield's Market, if you're staying around here.

Photo of kensuthe
3.65/5  rDev n/a

Un-cork It! is located on E Illinois St, one block west from the Navy Pier and not much more than a block north from the Chicago River. It offers not only beer for sale, but also a nice selection of wine and spirits as well. The store is within easy walking distance from the Loop and the Red Line, so you can take the trains to get there if you're in another part of town.

Quality - All of the beers that we purchased here were of good quality, although we did notice a few items that seemed to have been in the store for a while (there were a few different seasonals from two seasons before, for example).

Service - When we made our visit, the staff on hand was definitely more knowledgeable about wine than about beer, but that's not to say that they didn't know what they were doing. They didn't know the answers to some of my specific questions, but they were still courteous and generally helpful.

Selection - There was a variety of brews from Three Floyds, Leinenkugel, Great Lakes, Goose Island, and other regional breweries. There was also a nice selection of European beer with a decent selection of Belgians, and other continental breweries such as Rogue and Unibroue. This is one of the only stores that I have been to so far that carried some of the less common Unibroue products, so that was a nice surprise.

All in all, I would recommend at least a visit. If you are downtown or in the riverfront area and you need something quick, this is a very convenient location. The prices aren't bad either, especially considering the location. If you're just relaxing and are near the Loop or the Navy Pier, stop in and see for yourself.

Photo of semihobo
4/5  rDev n/a

I am lucky enough to live one block away from Uncork-It! and it is my exclusive supplier of beer (due to both quality and convenience).

After a pretty extensive renovation in 2007 that involved breaking down some walls, they are better than ever. They have a loooong aisle of craft beer. Tucked at the east end of this aisle are some meads and oddball libations. Uncork-It! has a good selection of 3 Floyds, Great Lakes, Goose Island, Rogue, Avery, and other big names in the craft game, as well as a few offerings by many smaller brewers. Good import selection as well. Turnover can be spotty, though -- I've gotten a few old bottles that had lingered on the shelf due to low turnover for a specific beer. Check dates when possible if you suspect that an offering is unpopular.

Along the south wall they have a long cooler with lots of craft and macro beer. Good to go.

Look toward the west end of the craft beer aisle for some singles sitting on a shelf... when a sixer breaks, Uncork-It! sells the singles 6 for $5.99. There is usually some MGD, but it's not unusual to find beers from Breckenridge or Goose Island in the selection. Mix and match.

Sales are decent, they had a good deal on Fat Tire bombers this summer. Usually have a shopping cart of 3-buck-chuck wine by the register if you need a fix.

On that note, the staff is friendly, but the reason that they some don't know so much about beer is that they sell a _lot_ of good wine and liquor. In terms of diversity of offerings, Uncork-It is a triple threat... they'll satisfy all of your needs. They also have glassware, hors d'oeuvres, etc.

Prices are okay, Streeterville is a posh neighborhood and this is reflected. Watch for sales and avoid obvious gouging and you can make out pretty well. Not a bargain outlet, though.

Recommended if you're in the neighborhood, and if you live here, there is no question that Uncork-It! runs the craft scene in the near vicinity.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.05/5  rDev n/a

I stop in here twice every time I'm in the area, once to stock up for my Chicago visit, and a second time to pack up with items I can't get in Massachusetts.

Features a great selection with plenty of Belgian and English imports, and a broad selection of regional beers and national micros. About half the cold beer is domestic macro, the other half imports and micros.

Last visit I was able to grab Ommegang, Three Floyds, Rogue, Point.

Their location is great, in the heart of the revitalized Streeterville, Navy Pier area.

Photo of kajerm
3.85/5  rDev n/a

Very well-located for Near North/Gold Coast/Streeterville on Illinois Ave., with very decent prices for the area. Good selection of Three Floyds and Rogue with the standard Belgians and a few other micros. There's a pretty decent Great Lakes presence as well as loads of premium Goose Island stuff, including Bourbon County Stout and Imperial IPA when they're in season. Great service and a nice setting, with a decent selection of glassware (and wine and liquor for those so inclined.)

The craft beers constitute an entire long shelf, have at least as much presence as the macros, and are displayed much more prominently.

It's not Binny's or Sam's, but it's an solid shop with a great location.

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