Goose Island Wrigleyville

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BEER AVG
3.86/5
Based on:
210 Beers
71,537 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 180
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 20
Bottles: 10
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

3535 N Clark St
Chicago, Illinois, 60657-1611
United States
phone: (773) 832-9040

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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 86
Photo of smartassboiler
4.25/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I visit the Goose Island Wrigleyville location after almost every Cubs game I attend.

The Atmosphere inside is nice. It's a comfortable place with plenty of seating, both downstairs and upstairs, plus a deck out back facing Wrigley Field that is perfect when the weather is nice. I think I've only been here after Cubs games, and it's normally advised to leave an inning early or so to make sure you beat the rush.

The Quality has always been great, both for the beer and the food.

The Service has also always been great. The waitstaff is friendly and normally prompt on orders despite how crowded it gets after Cubs games.

The Selection is always fantastic. They have most of their regular lineup, seasonals, and then plenty of draft-only offerings. Most of their beer isn't world-class, but it's damn good, and it normally hits the spot on a hot day.

Their food is always fantastic. They have a good selection of stuff on their menu which is mostly American-style bar food, but it's very good. I highly recommend the duck sausage, which essentially tastes like a brat.

There's a reason I come here after Cubs games, and it's because I greatly enjoy the experience on all fronts.

Photo of Hibernator
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

We left the hotel late this morning for Wrigleyville and Goose Island was our destination. The cab pulled up and dropped us off in the middle of some light rainfall. I had planned on pre-gaming here before the Cubs vs. Reds game.

We entered at a good time, before it got too crowded and made our way towards the back bar. This location of Good Island reminded me of many classic brewpubs and similar to Boston Beer Works. The atmosphere is wide open and spacious with plenty of seating, quality craft beer and good bar food.

There was an extensive beer list that included all of the essential information like pricing, bottle/draft, glass volume and glass shape. Some of the drafts available during my visit included 312 Wheat, Green Line, Cubby Blue, Matilda, Wrigleyville White, Daybreak IPA, SPF Kolsch and Dublin Stout. I had a couple of the Dublin Stouts that were really smooth and true to the style. I also had to try to the Matilda on tap as this is rare to find on draft around Boston.

I found this to be a perfect place to have some craft beers before the game with a convenient proximity to Wrigley Field.

Photo of Etan
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Last time I was here I stopped in on a game day, so it was very packed and loud, plenty of bros milling around yelling at each other for no reason.

But even though it was packed, it was pretty easy to get a table. The service was pleasant and fast. The burger I had was decent, but the kitchen is obviously a little more geared toward getting it out fast than Clybourn's, where the food seems slightly better. The tap-list was a pared-down version of Clybourn's. Not bad, but if you're going for the beer and food instead of the location/televisions, I would go to Clybourn instead.

Photo of Sammy
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5

Very friendly place, and a nice place to walk about in daytime. The girls do not know their beers, and the beers are decent but not cutting edge. A few decent bottles. Prices very reasonable. I came here some hours after the ballgame, but city law prevented me from taking a rarer GI beer I saw with me. Long bar, lots of tables.Be nice if they added a few more guest taps. I understand this place gets very busy game day.Their new IPA was serviceable. Nothing extreme on tap. Worth a visit and not far from Lakeview liquors or Half Acre.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Instead of going to the Braves-Cubs game yesterday (I thought it was going to get rained out) I spent lunch in Wrigleyville and checked out the Goose Island location there.

The place was just about empty except for a number of customers sitting at the bar, but I am sure it gets crowded closer to game times. (While we were there, a big delivery truck with a Matilda advert painted on the sides parked along the street and about 10 kegs were unloaded.) We sat at a table near the window and were given menus and a May beer list, each inserted in a protective sleeve. The beer menu had a number of “Refreshing,” spring-inspired, white and wheat brews. I was tempted by the Cubby Blue (a blueberry ale) but chickened out and safely opted for Honker’s Ale for my first beer, which was served in a 20-ounce imperial pint (considered a normal “glass” unless, I guess, a 16-ounce pint is requested).

Our waitress was friendly and prompt but I did not ask her about any beer. My friends said the pulled pork sandwich was the best they have ever had and the veggie burger was pretty good. Except for a massive amount of salt, the fries were also pretty choice. My friends also said the in-house root beer was excellent, but I stuck to the real beer.

My second beer was a Green Line, another “Session” beer listed on the menu along with Honker’s Ale and En Passant. Among the other styles were “Hoppy,” “Malty,” “Sour,” and “Belgian.” The menu even listed a gluten-free brew. Near the entrance is a kind of hostess desk where glasses and shirts are sold. Before leaving I bought a “Willi” glass, which the brewery is always recommending as ideal glassware.

Though I did not get the full Wrigleyville experience since it was so early, I will definitely visit that Goose Island location in the future.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited this place as part of my buddy's bachelor party: drinks and dinner to start things off with. The house brews were solid as per usual (I especially enjoyed the Uncle Dunkle), and the house grape soda was fantastic. The food (I ordered a buffalo chicken sandwich: nicely hot and spicy without overdoing it) was pretty tasty as well. The waitress was very friendly and seemed to know a thing or two about the beers and the food (even if a couple minor details were mixed up at times). A nice range of drinks, too. The pricing was a lot lower than I expected, honestly: My meal and a couple beers barely cracked the $20 mark, pre-tip. Not bad at all. Overall, I'll definitely be stopping in here again the next time I find myself in Wrigleyville.

Photo of JivanN
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Went to GI Wrigleyville to preparty before the Cubs game. I went here after I visited the Clybourn location, and obviously the atmosphere here was different because everyone was in a party mood. Wasnt really impressed by both locations only because I felt like i was in the BJs version of craft beer. Yea the beer heres are better, but if youve gone to other breweries you know what I'm talking about. Not everyone here is a craft beer enthusiast. However, its a great place to hang out with a group of people and you're guaranteed a good time. I might just be indifferent about this place, because where i think GI, i think BCBS and thats it.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in here around 1600 on 27 Jun 2011.

Was after an afternoon Cubs game, maybe about 30% full. 35-40 tables or so. A couple giving a nice show a couple of booths down. Brianna was our waitress, she put up with our crap so that was good.

We (EZ, Raul and I) all had a couple of beers waiting out the traffic. The bar environment was some wood, fairly industrial with high ceilings and exposed ductwork. Lots of brick. Bathrooms and a semi private tasting room are upstairs.

Did not have any food so can't comment on it.

Photo of DCon
3.55/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I came to this Brewpub during a Cubs vs. Yankees game and it was a wild time! While I am a huge fan of Goose Island's brews, this was an easy decision in to where to go in Chicago first.

Awesome people, but not my favorite. I'm a Cardinals fan, thru and thru but this didn't keep us from having a good time. The place had the game going on all televisions, almost like a sports bar in here. One of their walls is covered with ivy like Wrigley Field has in the outfield. Very shiny and the usual bar qualities everywhere (full bar, bar backs, servers, etc.). Many brewpubs don't have these attributes.

The quality wasn't the best. The glassware looked as if it was taken from a cooler (frosted glasses) but I asked and they weren't, just clouded from being warm. This definitely changed the beer temperatures but not the experience. Everything else was very nice. The Beer Lists were up to par and were very creative.

Service was not what we expected at all. The bartenders seemed like they HAD to give us our drinks. Not very informative or wanting to educate on what we were about to drink. Almost anytime I asked about the beer, the bartenders seemed "bothered" or weren't in the mood to talk at all. Such a shame with all this good beer!

The selection made up for everything else! They had 8 beers on-tap of their own beers in front of us (plus random taps all across the bar with more Goose Island) and then another 4+ Guest Taps with great selections! They also had some rare Sours (that I wish I tried) that were sold in 650mL bottles but were a bit pricey ($25). Will be back to try these!

The food was also wonderful! Enjoyed both the buffalo wings and Stilton Burger with their home-made chips. Awesome pub food!

We left with a $60 tab (which was quite high I thought). I was picturing more specials since they are owned by AB Inbev now. Oh well, Great time! Will look forward to going to the Goose Island Claybourn BrewPub next time.

Photo of beerwolf77
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here recently on the journey to Dark Lord Day. I've been to Wrigleyville countless times since I'm a life long Cubs fan. However I always seem to skip this place. Nice open bar with plenty of seating throughout. Tap beers were mostly GI. Duh. I had the Cubs Blueberry wheat. Rather tasty and refreshing.

The servers were super friendly and chatted us up the entire time we were there. The Cubs were out of of town thankfully so the place was a ghost town. I was told by the server the place is insane busy on game days.

We didn't eat but the menu looked interesting.

Overall a nice place for a GI beer. I will make it a point to stop here next time i'm down for a game.

Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3

Our first stop as we made our way over to DLD '11. Located right around the corner from the stadium.
A cool looking Chicago bar with everything Goose Island. We walked right up to the bar and ordered a beer. Very friendly and helpful service with a few draft only beers I have not had from them yet. If I only lived closer, I would frequent downtown more often, but this was definitely a cool place to hang out.
Obviously it was a bit dead at noon on a saturday, but I sure did not mind. We did not eat anything there, but the food definitely looked and sounded good!

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Huge brewpub located very close tot Wrigley field which makes it very convenient to stop after a Cubs game. There is loads of seating space with a room for a stage at the back. Waiter were very nice (though place was practically empty when we visited). Beer is selection, which should be no surprise, is very nice with excellent choice between bottle and draft). Food was very good with perfect cooking of burgers and nice selection of side dish. Prices were fair and very competitive with surrounding restaurants. I would highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area or maybe going to one of the other locations.

Photo of Rifugium
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Wrigleyville is one of my favorite places in the world to drink. Chicago is a city proud of its craft beer, as evident in the fact that Goose Island beer is on tap in pretty much every bar in the city from what I've seen. And while they do make lots of good brews, they taste even better when they're closer to the source (surprise!). Nothing too adventurous, but still good quality beer. The staff was friendly and helpful. Food is so-so from what I've had, and a bit overpriced perhaps.

Update (2011): Goose Islands has been bought by InBev. :(

Photo of MarcatGSB
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I will agree with some of the reviews below, it is definitely a sports bar atmosphere. Fine by me. They have a limited selection of Goose Island beers compared to Clybourn. They do sell the Three Sisters there (or did), but not at Clybourn.

I don't mind the sports bar atmosphere at all. I'm sure that place fills up during rain delays and post Cubs game. The service was meh. I think everyone who has been there for a while is jaded because of all the jerks they must deal with.

The food was good. We tried the mussels and the fries, that's it. I thought the mussels were very good and the fries were fries.

Everything was affordable, and I would stop there again when in Chicago, if not only for the Three Sisters, it would be worth it.

Photo of t0rin0
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

Visited 7/25/2010 with masterski.

Masterski took me on a bit of a walking bar crawl the first night I was in Chicago. Stopped here right after having some beer and fries at Sheffield's. This GI location seems like more of a sports bar with a couple of house taps just to remind themselves that they are in fact running a brewpub. It's understandable of course given the proximity to Wrigley Field.

Lots of places to sit and lots of employees to flag down for a beer but the impression that I got was that unless you are loud and drunk you'll get passed up. Pretty loud over all but that's alright.

The beers available were the regulars (312, Honkers, IPA, Kolsch, etc) plus one or two rotating taps it seems. The IPA is quite nice and the 312 would be good if I liked American Wheat (Garbage) Ales.

Didnt eat because we were only stopping in for a quick beer before going to the next place. Would stop in if I was in town for a Cubs game.

Photo of wmtxbb
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Atmosphere: typical bar, not really that impressive.

Quality: Most of goose island's beers are mediocre. I was really excited to get the chance to sample some of their obscure brews and was disappointed by all of them except their night stalker. I even had their bourbon county stout and it does not live up to the hype.

Service: Definitely the best part of the brewpub. Our waitress knew everything about their selection and was prompt with service.

Selection: Meh, Not really a whole lot there and they all sort of taste the same except for the really expensive brews.

Food: average bar food. After having gone to this brewpub four or five times and tried different things I can't really say I'm that impressed.

Value: If you're visiting chicago I wouldn't recommend this brewpub. The wrigleyville area actually has beergardens that have good food and brews unlike this brewpub. The last time I went I was attending a birthday party of a friend and I spent over 120 dollars, just on beer, to try goose island's rare brews. Most were pretty disappointing but they were still better than Goose island's main brews. Overall, you'd be better off not going to this brewpub. I'd hate to have a visitor to chicago think this was the pinnacle of the chicago beer scene.

Photo of LikaThaHops
4.55/5  rDev +16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

A friend and I recently went on a brewery excursion and this was out second stop (after Half Acre!). We were soooo hungry, and i'm so glad i conned my friend into waiting until we got to the brewpub.

We walked in through the back (the beer garden) and through the many rooms this place has! this place is HUGE! Definitely sports themed to hell (being RIGHT next to Wrigley Field, I can see why). Even though i'm not a sports guy, the atmosphere was amazing. We were unaware it was a game day, until we hit the block and the slew of blue shirted Cubbie fans poured into the street (most completely shit faced) and started their rampage. The intensity these people give off wakes you right up, makes you want to do something, its invigorating.

Our server was amazing. Answered EVERY question to the fullest, was very prompt on bringing drinks and was all around very helpful (i wish i could remember her name, so I could plug it). The drinks are very reasonably priced at about $5 bucks a REAL pint. A little extra for some guest brews and aged stuff, but thats all to be expected, you really do get what you pay for in most situations.

This is in a neighborhood where you could spend a lot of time, a lot of good places to go, eat, see, etc. But this is a must do. If you have some free time, head out to Goose Island, i am more than positive im going back for a growler fill and a tour at the Clybourn spot. Enjoy your visit!

Cheers!

Photo of Getinthevan
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I played a gig here recently and for Wrigleyville bars, Goose Island is definitely one of the tops.

What's great about this bar is that all walks of life are welcome here. People all over the city are found here drinking Chicago's blessed spirits and it's always a guaranteed good time.

The quality of Goose Island's brews are of no question. Some of them are pitch perfect (Summertime Ale, Matilda) and some are a little off base, but most of the time they chime with excellence.

The staff here are very accommodating and awesome. Great bartenders and they're very good at recommending new brews of those who haven't tried them.

Selection is top notch. With Bourbon-infused stronger ales to Belgium influenced masterpieces, Goose Island has a great niche in going outside the lager/ale beer box.

Food is okay. It's not bad, but the beer is the main focus.

I hope this place stays intact.

Photo of Prostman81
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Stopped in for a few before heading to a rooftop. We got there before the place got packed with Cubs fans, so were able to get a nice spot in their beer garden.

They had a decent selection of their normal flagship beers, although their Summertime was tapped out and only available in bottles. Was able to finally try their Green Line PA which was very tasty. Was really tempted to try the BCS, which is nowhere to be found in my local stores, but upper 80 degree heat IMO isn't really high ABV stout drinking weather.

Service was a little slow, and totally picked up on a vibe of "I don't care". Could have just been our server, b/c other servers seemed a little more engaged.

I'd like to come back to this place again on an off-Cubs game day, as the bars atmosphere is really cool, overall a nice place.

Photo of jrallen34
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I went her before a Cubs game. I've been to the LP local, which I prefer. The wrig locale is much bigger which is nice, but a little too much going on. The staff did not seem as knowledagle as the primary, a little disappointed in there suggestions. All upset they ran out of two beers and did not quickly replace them. At the primary when that happened I remember getting a new menu right away. The selection of beer was ok, nothing special. They had most of the GI staples only a 2 or 3 special beers and none of which were great. I understand this is different crowd then at the primary but its for sure a lessor experience. If you want GI go to the primary, if you're drinking before the Cubs game, its ok.

Photo of JToad
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in before and after the Cubs game yesterday, May 27th.

Pre-game was just to get a beer with the guys, we were not eating. We got seated right away and everyone seemed very friendly. My buddy Pat and I each ordered a bomber of Bourbon County Coffee Stout for $20. I was super excited, because we didn't get much in the South Bend area, was a bit of controversy. I was torn between this and trying the regular BCS on tap, as that is my fav beer of all time. The server gave us a sample of BCS, so I was able to try both...win!

The atmosphere was cool, pretty standard pub.

After the game we went back for dinner, and the experience was slightly different. Server was friendly, but extremely slow. They were busy, but not slammed. I switched it up to the Green Line Pale Ale, and thought it was pretty solid.

All in all, everyone had a great time. I was very happy to get the BCCS finally, and a kick ass t-shirt! Will def. go back..

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This was a great experience, IMO. I was there before the Cubs game, so it was crowded, but not so much that it was overwhelming. Atmosphere was great, the decor is very nice, and I just really liked the overall feel of the pub. Great selection of beers, including the more sought after brews. Service was friendly, though a bit slow. It was, however, quite crowded. We had some appetizers, all of which were quite good. The prices were reasonable for pints and such, but some of the premium beers were a bit pricey ($20 for a bottle of coffee BCS). Overall, a good place that I intend on returning to.

Photo of Here4Beer
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I hit the Goose on a weekend when the Cubs weren't playing next door at Wrigley, which would obviously impact the establishment or patrons encountered; but frankly I enjoyed it being a little quieter and quite a bit less Frat-tastic than the Cubs fans that can get a little too saucy & mouthy on game day.

Cool bar set up, with a pretty long wood bar, plenty of taps, and an open warehouse sort'v vibe with separate rooms for different parties & whatnot. On to the beer...

Enjoyed a Chicago Star, a rather hoppy amber sort of ale that I enjoyed: reminded me a bit of a lighter bodied Stone Pale Ale but not bad at all and around $5or$6.

The Pere Jacque was next at around $7or$8, and was a fine Belgian-style ale, sort of an abbey pale versus a triple but the booze came through a little bit, but tasty nonetheless.

Last was the maple bacon stout, which I opted for instead of the Bourbon Barrel Stout($9) on tap or the Night Stalker Imp Stout available in bottles ($20), as I'd had the previous & was purchasing bottles of the latter for the cellar at home. Excellent stout with mild bacon undertones, slight molasses and coffee ground notes, and a medium body accompanied by a light chocolate colored head. All in all FRESH suds...

Served by Patti and Monica, two cute 20somethings that both know their beer well enough to steer you in the right direction; seek them out! I didn't feel like being a jerk and really quizzing them, but they made proper pours in the appropriate glassware without attitude.

All in all, aside from a slight Gordon Biersch'esque corporate vibe due to Goose Island's continued growth and success, I'd certainly recommend this place for a stop. Next time in town I'll have to hit the Clybourn location!

Photo of emerge077
3.04/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5

Not a typical hangout for me, but i'll usually end up here with a group, or for the annual Night of the Living Ales cask fest that ICBG holds in their garage.

Atmosphere is ok, typically loud music and patrons on a weekend night, but hey you're in Wrigleyville. Expect a few popped collar bros high fiving over blue BL bottles. Why does a brewpub even serve Bud? (edit: oh yeah...) Service at the bar was fairly quick, tables were less frequented by staff, but again it was busy. A bottle of Sofie was served with proper glassware, and water came in a plastic cup.

Selection is the standard Goose range with a few specialties. The only exclusive here is Cubby Blue, a blueberry wheat. If you're from out of town, hit Clybourn instead, they have about twice the selection, with a bigger, creative menu and better atmosphere. Didn't try the food, but saw a couple favorites from the Clybourn menu. Selection here overall is less adventurous, catering more to the generic Wrigley scene. A worthy stop if you're in the area. Also of note are Murphy's, Uncommon Ground, Long Room, Guthrie's, Blokes & Birds, and Sheffields if you're pub crawling.

As of 2010, most beers here are brewed at Fulton and shipped over. They may still brew 312 here, based on what the bartender said.

Photo of klikger
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A - Great place to catch a Cubs game if you're not interested in paying to get into Wrigley on a certain day. In the off-season, it's a tad slower, but it's still a fun, lively atmosphere.

Q - It's Goose Island, so the beer is gonna be solid, regardless of what season you decide to come here during. If you can't choose one, grab a sampler tray and get five (four?) tasters of your choice. Their IPA is always great on tap.

Ser - You're not coming here for the service on game day, but the wait staff / bartenders are generally friendly. Haven't talked to the bartenders extensively, so I can't comment on their beer knowledge.

Sel - Again, it's Goose Island, and they have all of your favorites on tap, some Wrigleyville specialties, as well as seasonal stuff.

F - I'll always remember this as the place where I fell in love with blue cheese. Their Stilton Burger (Stilton cheese, roasted garlic cloves, Dusseldorf mustard, on top of a pepper-encrusted 1/2 burger on a pumpernickel bun) is sincerely amazing, and I doubt I'll ever order another meal when hitting up this spot.

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Goose Island Wrigleyville in Chicago, IL
88 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.