Howdy folks! I posted this originally in the “Midwest” forum without paying attention to the states covered (and not covered) by that designation. I should have known better—Great Lakes is where it’s at! I'm a Michigan native and still visit on an annual basis. I'm going to be in Chicago next week for a few days, staying downtown, about a block away from the art institute. Believe it or not this is my first "adult" stay as a craft beer drinker. (With some shame and a bit of irony I'll admit that the last time I spent any time in Chicago I was drinking Red Dog. And Budweiser in those 'hand grenade' bottles in a tiny dive bar around Pilsen. But that was a while ago.) More than the typical 'where should I go' list (although I'm definitely welcome to suggestions!) I wanna know what is the beer and brewery or brewpub I should make my first Chicago brew? A few considerations: I'll be exclusively on public transportation. I'd like to try something local--and something I can't find in Michigan (or California or Texas) (which is also a polite way of saying that Goose Island isn't a priority--although it's on the list). I'm meeting up with a fellow beer geek--so no worries about finding options for those who don't share our enthusiasm. And my taste preferences lean towards the hoppy, sour, roasty sides of things. I'm a big fan of cask conditioning, cool-weather seasonals and experimental style-defying brews too. Really, I get along with most beers. I’m following these two threads: http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/visiting-chicago.1265/ http://beeradvocate.com/community/threads/what-to-drink-while-in-chicago.1476/ with a ton of great information on them. There’s a lot of overlap in our interests—I like imports & sours, etc, but I want to have something exclusively Chicago-brewed. After all, this will be my very first Chicago craft beer in Chicago! [cue double entendres]… I think the main difference between our posts is that I’m a stout/porter fan, and I’m also interested in anything on cask. Looking forward to hearing your suggestions--and maybe sharing a pint with ya'll while I'm out there. Cheers!