Revolution Brewing

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Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2323 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, Illinois, 60647-2924
United States

(773) 227-2739 | map

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Pivopijak from Washington

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

On the outer part of downtown. A good brick facade, on a busy street. Good open interior with good amount of wood. Their beers are mainly quite good, with an occasional mediocre brew. Favorites of the 3 tried, are the Oktoberfest and Anti-Hero IPA.

Oct 29, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Both spots are good, but this is a review of the taproom. If you're lucky enough to be in town during a Deep Woods release, you will see the best set-up for draft pours you'll ever have, in terms of quality of beer and ease of operations. They do it right. Food at the brewpub is...OK.

Jan 03, 2020
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Our group went here to have the Sunday brunch and to try their beers. The pub is located along a busy neighborhood street in a storefront setting among other retail businesses. Street parking is the only choice, and you have to be lucky to find something anywhere close by. The place was very busy, but we arrived at the right time to get the only available table. A custom-carved, wooden bar sits to one side and has seating all around it, and the dining area is the other half of this space. Some tables are in the window space off to one side. It looks like a banquet room is located on the second floor, or perhaps is used for overflow crowds. Our server was right on us, but never gave us the feeling that we need to hurry our visit. The vibe of this place is what I expect a brewpub to be.

We wanted to evaluate their beers, but we also had to drive home after our visit, so a flight of 4 beers shared by two of us is all we chose to drink. I also had a drink of the beer ordered by one of our group, so my evaluation consists of 5 beers. All of them were very good, and are brewed well in excess of their respective styles. We scored them either a 4.0 or a 4.25. The Deth by Currants BA Imperial Oatmeal Stout stood out along with the Pilsener.

Our food was equally as good as the beers, although it is a special brunch menu and not everyday items. It was very well done. If parking wasn't an issue, I'd come back here every time I visit Chicago.

Jun 11, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

4/5  rDev -8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25

This is like a blend between a classic Cheers bar and a casual restaurant. The food and beer menus both are pretty expansive, and even the take home brews remain pretty formidable and otherwise somewhat rare if you're not from the area.

The bar seems very well trafficked, and as such could use some upgrades, but the overall fist in the air motif is done well. Service is just fine and I have nothing to complain about the beers. This is a busy ass part of Chicago though, so obviously using public transit is the primary recommendation, especially considering the high octane of some of their brews.

May 22, 2019
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slee196 from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Went there with a good friend and we both enjoyed the vibe and drinks a lot. Food was decent for a brewery and their selection was pretty impressive too. Great times.

Mar 28, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

I'm a little surprised by how large the Brew Pub space is - quite a few tables, a very long bar area, and possibly an upstairs as well? I didn't explore much - Revolution was my first stop in to Chicago this weekend, so the bathroom and a beer were my first priorities. The food menu impressed me though - we ordered a giant pretzel, cheese curds, and brussel sprouts (call it preparation - I knew I was going to be drinking and eating like shit for a few days straight). Every item of food was well done and tasty. The beers (Freedom of Press, Boss Ryeway, a Keller Pils, and Batch 2000) were all well done, though the only one that really blew me away was Boss Ryeway.

Parking, as with everywhere in Chicago, was a bit of a pain in the ass - but at least rates weren't awful. I believe it was four dollars for two hours. Not awful... not great. Better than I recall paying to park near Trillium in Boston, which is something.

Service was excellent - super friendly and prompt. Tons of staff all over the place. The bill was reasonable - or would have been, if we hadn't taken so much to go! The temptation is there - the number of items available in crowlers and cans is pretty impressive. I took away four 4-packs of Straight Jacket and a glass, while a friend took three 4-packs of Cafe Deth, Straight Jacket, and Deth's Tar. A pretty sweet haul for a regular day at a brewery! Note that cans did seem a bit more expensive at the brewery than at local liquor stores.

Sweet spot with great good. I really liked this place - recommended!

Feb 04, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

10/17/18 (Chicago): Visited several times in the past. Excellent decor, inviting long wooden bar and tables for larger groups. Very nice meeting room on the second floor. Mostly local crowd, bartenders provide good service, are knowledgeable about their offerings. Food offerings are excellent. Wide variety of beer styles offered, and extensive to go offerings.

Overall excellent brewpub, consistent with the standards of beer offerings produced by Revolution Brewing.

Nov 11, 2018
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Stopped by while on business in Chicago. Had time for a quick stop and a bit of Beer Safari. Plenty of tasty beers to try and very good food menu. Enjoyed being in a bar setting and still having so many beers to try... both Revilution and guests. Couple of great one offs as well. Good people and good swag too. Definitely a stop when in Chicago

Jul 08, 2018
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West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

A must hit, Chicago institution. Solid stable of beers. You've probably had most of them before, but you've gotta have them here. Order your favorite Rev brew, get some duck fat popcorn, and breathe in the Chicago. You'll be glad you did.

May 07, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

We went on a Saturday afternoon around 2 p.m. We were seated immediately at a high top table near windows that were open to the street. The interior was clean and comfortable. Our server was friendly and helpful. There are about twenty Revolution beers on tap, some of which were brewpub exclusives. There is a selection of beers and ciders in bottles/cans. The bar also has wine, cocktails and booze. The food menu is not large but the appetizer and pizza we had were both good. I will definitely go back.

May 30, 2017
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

The place was crowded with what you could tell were both beer aficionados (mostly at the bar) and causal drinkers as well. Other than it being very loud, there wasn't much of a negative. The place itself is well laid out, with a rectangular bar in the middle and tables spread around it. Place had a good modern feel to it and nothing seemed to be busted up or overly worn, so the quality was good. Service was also very good with the waitress who checked on our table regularly and brought beer and food rather quickly after each order. No complaints there either. The selection was abundant (they had the limited releases Cafe Deth and Deth's Tar available on draft) including many of their seasonal offerings (maybe 15-20 beers available). However, I did not notice any guest taps/beers which, although not necessary, is always nice to have option for trying out. The food was good. My other 2 friends and I all ordered different items (pizza, burger and a chicken sandwich) and everyone was very pleased with the quality and portion side. It's not your typical bar food but more like restaurant quality.

Overall, I enjoyed the place even though I am not the biggest fan of Revolution beers. I would recommend this place to others and I will go back there myself.

Jan 01, 2017
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RockRuler from Mississippi

3.88/5  rDev -11%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The place reminded me more of a restaurant/bar than a brew pub. The service was OK but not great. They had some really good beers and brewery only type stuff I appreciated. I wasn't bad but I wouldn't repeat given the number of other options in the area.

Dec 18, 2016
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DoctorZombies from Florida

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Did not have anything to eat. No flights, but "samples" offered at 2 to 4 dollars per pour. Good music and friendly vibe; neighborhood feeling and lots of friendly folk. Knowledgeable staff. Oh yea, tasty draft beer!

Jul 28, 2016
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beernewbie285 from Kansas

4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75

The beer was great first time having it. The place had a great garage/factory type feel. The tour guide was new which she pointed out and I've been on several so it wasn't a big deal. The girls behind the counter had plenty of info and wereally very chatty about the beers and it was one of my better brewery experiences.

Jun 28, 2016
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basaywhat from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Good food, good beer. Their taproom at the brewery is excellent too. One of my favorite brew pubs/breweries in the Chicago area. Getting a lot better at their barrel program.

May 09, 2016
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DJChaseTheBase from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Delicious food, great setup and layout. Always enjoy stopping into my neighbor hood brewery for some fresh beer on tap and irresistible food. Definitely a must for anyone to check out.

Mar 08, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Long, long ago when Revolution was an infant and I was middle-aged,
I talked my wife, a wine-drinker, into going to eat where, she calls, “your people” eat. (She means that kiddingly, maybe even lovingly… it’s just that my wife is a confirmed princess who, some think, married someone who remained something of a frog.) At any rate, she went into Revolution open-minded and samples my beer. (She is warming up to this brewpub stuff.)

While the evening was going better than expected, I’m actually not thrilled with my flight. It was a summer day; so, I got IPAs which I rarely drank because I can be somewhat hop-adverse… and I love my malts. After the hoppy flight, I got a food-friendly flight that had two real Belgians which my wife really liked. Unfortunately, the food was less than average. Never went back. But, beer won the day.
A decade later, I've learned to approach new brewers with a more open-mind that they are trying their best to learn how to blend malts better. And my wife? Much to her credit, she increasingly samples my ales (sometimes she won’t even have a glass of wine with dinner.)

Moral of the fable: Things change for the better with age … and an open-mind. Make sure they work together harmoniously.

Feb 22, 2016
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DMcGirr from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fun beer bar and brewery to visit. They always have a good selection of their beers available and are pretty knowledgeable. Only downside is the location which can be a bit tough to get to.

Jan 25, 2016
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JMFP from Delaware

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 5

Came here for lunch on 1/12/16 (prelude to Haymarket Anniversary Party). Great spot! In addition to 16 (one on cask) of their own beers on tap, they had lots of other local brews available (including Pipeworks Lizard King). And the menu listed all the other competitors brews first, which takes balls & earns my respect. The food was INCREDIBLE, and the service sublime. Definitely a must stop when in Chicago!

Jan 12, 2016
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mdfb79 from New York

4.01/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Cool spot...big, loud with rock music, fun to hang out at overall. The quality of their beer was decent, but they had some cool guest taps including a GI stout I never had before that they didn't even have on at GI Clybourn. Food was above average bar food, would definitely go back.

Dec 29, 2015
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DoubleSimcoe from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25

The gods smiled upon me and I got one entire week off work. The wife was working in Chicago so there I went! Cheap flight, rental car, beer places all mapped out…

Revolution was my first stop. The space is big and beautiful, with that cool industrial-chic look that has become de rigueur in American brewpubs. Large wraparound bar, beautiful tap handles. 15 brews on taps, plus one cask, and decent prices (five or six dollars per glass). 5-oz samples are offered for two bucks, and that was choice. From a Mild to an 11.5% Wit aged in gin barrels for 8.5 months (“Queequess Coffin), Revolution has a bit of everything for everyone.

Heavy on the German styles and pale ales, with some excellent examples like Citra Hero, Double Fist and Fist City. They also have a pricey menu of bottles and cans.

Service at the bar was good until the bartender got busy and went AWOL. Not groundbreaking, but a good stop in Chicago.

Dec 18, 2015
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

First time at the brew pub even though I've wanted to come for a long time. Atmosphere is as expected: very industrial feel with a visual of some brewing equipment through some large windows. 16 beers on tap along with some bottled and canned offerings that seems to focus on local brewing. I did not try the food today, but the guy next to me ordered a pizza that looked amazing! Friendly and helpful employees. I'd come back again for sure!

Dec 10, 2015
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wdberkley from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Nothing bad to say about Revolution. Awesome joint, cool vibe, even better beers. Rating slipped bc they don't' have food, but you can order in and food trucks are always around.

Oct 30, 2015
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TheMarkE from California

3.76/5  rDev -13.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Delicious food, good beer, good service. My only complaint is the noise level. The metal blasting out of the sound system made it so loud that everyone was practically shouting at each other to carry on a conversation.

The Smoke Stack Pizza, Working Man Burger, and Pesto Chicken Sandwich were all above average. Make sure you try the signature Bacon Fat Popcorn as an appetizer.

Sep 10, 2015
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wapcap from Nebraska

4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A great place to check out in Chicago. I loved the beer selection and the focus on local hops, and sought after hops.
The place is family friendly, and I'd recommend going with a group to try most of the beers.
The food was good, and I believe they do some local sourcing.
Definitely worth a visit(s)!

Aug 25, 2015
Revolution Brewing in Chicago, IL
Brewery rating: 4.1 out of 5 with 21173 ratings