Revolution Brewing

Revolution BrewingRevolution Brewing

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

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

(773) 227-2739 | map

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 507
Photo of Barnoloid
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Fantastic and popular brewpub, have loved seeing these guys expand and develop over time. The food is excellent and their tap lineup is usually stellar - always go in on the Eugene Porter if they have it on.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Great place, though not easy to get to if you're staying in the loop or along the lakeshore. Often very busy. The service is fairly good, the food is fairly good, the ambience is great (if you don't mind crowds) and very Chicago. A number of offerings on tap, usually, but not as many as one might wish.

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Photo of LadyCraft
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Could be in a better location but it once you get inside the brewery is really something else. The taproom is massive with a very high ceiling but still had a homey kind of feel to it. There is tons of seating, lots of beer to choose from, and a shuffleboard table! Staff was very friendly.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

This review is for the brewery taproom.
Visited on a Friday night. Lots of people around for a fun and vibrant scene. You enter through a nondescript door on the side of the brewery building that you could miss if you blink at the wrong time. Go up some stairs and around a corner and enter into a massive taproom. Big bar, lots and lots of tables and the full-on industrial vibe. The best part: Those 16 taps of great beer. Bottles and cans and swag available as well.
The service was excellent. No food served at the taproom but the barkeeps are very helpful and provide flyers from nearby places that deliver to the taproom. That led us to some excellent pizza.
I asked for a flight of their limited beers and said a I wasn't afraid to "go big." Three of the 4 beers in my flight were around 10%. All were excellent. Well done.
Lots of nice touches here: Love the water station prominently placed and the cheesy slasher flick on the screens.
The beers were just great. love this place.

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Photo of ianw87
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Amazing food, some of the best beer Chicago has to offer. They always have some good barrel aged beers. If Revolution isn't your thing they have a good bottle list too.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Another fine brewery to make room for in your pub crawl. Food has been very good each time we have made the journey. Beer is really good, Anti-Hero is outstanding, as it will stand up to many of the crazy hoppy beers.

Very nice atmosphere, selection of the beers, and bottle menu is always very nice. Good merch selection, service has usually been very attentive, one time a worker was a little pre-occupied, but did seem to recognize us, so not a biggy.

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Photo of pijiuhuaxian
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

I've visited RevBrew's brewpub every trip to Chicago for the last three years and have always been impressed with the beer selection, food quality and atmosphere. It gets a bit over stuffed at peak hours and the bar design is a bit awkward, but you quickly forget about that once you are seated and the beers start coming. Very cool place.

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Photo of dmgallag
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here a few months ago. Went for the beer of course.... surprised by the food. Simply put, food was great. Apps are awesome as well as main dishes. Would go back here in a heartbeat. The Belgian Anniversary Ale was exceptional. I'm not a huge Belgian fan, but this was tough to beat. This place features all the usual Revolution options, plus a few offerings that are hard to find. Well done.

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Photo of shredder83
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I've visited the revolution brewpub only once and here is my 2-cents:

The place itself is very nice, large main bar and the decor and atmosphere are both modern and upbeat. It was very crowded the day that I went (saturday afternoon) but I didn't have to wait too long for a seat at the bar.

I think the quality speaks for itself here, the reason that most locals will say that revolution is a great brewery is because the line up us very good, both year round and seasonal. Besides the year-round and seasonal offerings they had coffee eugene on cask, which was excellent, and boy gene, barrel aged eugene with boysenberries which was also pretty awesome and unexpected.

Service is where this place gets a knock from me. Upon entering I realized how busy it was so I tried to put my name in for a table, there were four of us, but had more coming. They would not seat us at a table large enough even with a wait until everyone in my group was there and wouldn't even put down the table for 8 I needed on the waitlist. I was going to wait at least an hour for the table, by which point we all would have been there but still my explanation fell on deaf ears. In the service and hospitality industry I've come to expect better service than that, and to top it off the hostess was pretty rude about the whole thing. Other than that, the service at the bar was excellent, I didn't have to wait long for a beer and the bartenders were pretty friendly even though they were swamped.

Selection, like I mentioned was good. Their whole year round line up was available, along with seasonals, and a few one offs that you could only get on tap. Imo, thats how it should always be at a brew pub or brewery tap room, I should wait and pay a premium to be able to sample more than just their regular line-up, and revolution delivered that on my visit there.

Didn't end up eating there, so no opinion on the food but I've heard from close friends that it's pretty good.

Value was as expected, the beers were reasonably priced and there was no sticker shock for a pour of the boy gene, which was barrel aged.

Overall, I like revolution beers and I like their brewpub as well. I want to go back and try their food since I've heard good things about it and will certainly go there just for the beer if I'm near there.

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Photo of Chibeerguy1
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

First and foremost, if you're going on a Friday or Saturday night, expect to wait a bit, this place gets packed. But if its always this busy, they must be doing something right.

Atmosphere is kind of hipster - grunge. Overall, the furnishings are pretty upscale for a place that looks like and is similarly lit to most garages. The service has always been solid, nothing stellar, but nothing terrible, and typically very friendly. Revolution typically has their current releases on draft, as well a few brewpub only beers. Beer prices are reasonable, and they offer small glasses and flights if you want to try a few things.

Food is outstanding. The menu is mostly typical bar food (wings, pizza, burgers, fish and chips), but everything they make is great. The food is usually more of a highlight than the beer IMO.

Overall Revolution is reasonably priced, has good service, good beer and great food. If you're in the north side of Chicago, check out the brewpub, its worth the visit. They also sell glassware, apparel and other branded warez in the front.


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Photo of HopsingKangabrew
4.93/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I went into Revolution for the first time last week with one of my buddies. I really enjoyed the experience. We each had three drinks a piece. The bar was packed, so we had to take a temporary seat at a table before we were able to snag a spot closer to the taps. This didn't bother us, however, since we were able to get a closer extended view of the beautiful small scale brewery displayed behind a large class wall in the back. Shortly after we sat down we were able to glance at the menu, though didn't get around to ordering any food. It all looked delicious however, and many of the dishes on the menu suggested beer pairings.

When we were finally able to move to the bar, the experience got even better. The center island is held up by 4 wooden columns shaped like 'power fists' (if you are familiar with Revolution you will know this is their logo). The bartenders were great, and I never had a bad pour. At the end, we decided to get a growler for the road. It was filled on foam and heat sealed.

All in all I will definitely be going back. I'm sure I'll be bringing back more than just the one growler I left with!

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Photo of guityler83
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

After a trip to Wreck-less on record store day and and a mega burger from Kumas a friend and I stopped into Revolution for a couple pints. The place was busy on a Saturday afternoon with the bar being full and tables filled up. After grabbing a beer menu a few spots opened up at the bar so we sat quickly and ordered our first round. They had a cask of double fist dry hopped w/ crystal so of course I had to go with that. Very bright and flavorful, couldn't have asked for a better beer at that moment.

The place didn't have much character to it, you could see there fist logo all over and there brewing system in the back of the building behind a glass wall. Other then that it was kind of generic. The service was prompt and courteous. after our first round we got another. this time a Belgian pale ale dry hopped with citra (tastey but it got better as it warmed up).

The selection was about 13 deep with all of there main stays and a few I've never seen before. In all that beer was fresh and tasty the prices where average but the atmosphere was meh. Good place to stop if you're in the neighborhood.

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Photo of bensanderson
2.8/5  rDev -34%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 2

Not understanding the check amount. For that amount of money I should have been full. Kinda loud. I'm old and don't like that amount of noise. Server could care less about waiting on us. Expected more than got. We will try it again and will leave another review.

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Photo of BrewClint
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Well, we tried to go to the BrewPub but the wait was about 45min. No problem, it was Sunday at 1:30pm. We took the 1.5mi cruise to their Brewery/Brew Room. This was perfect! Its a fairly hidden location, just a small sign on a warehouse door. We walked in and I felt a breeze of heaven! They have a huge Tasting Room next to their Brew Room. Long bar with a wall filled with tappers, and a cooler filled with their brews(great prices too)
We sat down and tried their brand new BBA Barleywine as well as their Stout, Red Ale, Black IPA, and Smoked Lager. We also bought bottles of the BBA BW and their BBA Porter for enjoyment at home!
I am probably nit-picking at this point, but I would've liked to see some of their Special BBA brews on tap aside from just the Barleywine. Also, again nit-picking(and Im sure its a LAW) but you're not allowed to open the bottles they sell there. No problem.
This is a spot I will definitely visit again!
Seems like they allow you to bring in your own food, as we saw a table of people with outside food, as they don't serve food at the brewery.
They do tours here, but we just enjoyed some brews and left!

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Photo of 3fdread
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Good beer, great food. A hipster, metro kind of vibe, but don't let let stop you from grabbing an anti hero and a great plate of food. Place is always crowded and parking sucks but that's Chicago. If you have any money left over after parking your car, and are in the Logan square neighborhood, it's definitely worth a session or two.

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Photo of arlingtonjoe
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Great place to sit down and have one of there outstanding in-house brews or some excellent food from there hand crafted menu and they also offer vegetarian fair. Love all the wood and architectural detail and the fireplace is a nice touch on a cold winter night. I always enjoy its homelike atmosphere.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Final stop of a long weekend in Chicago. So glad we delayed the drive home in favor of brunch at Revolution. I'm not sure how it could have been a better experience.

Arrived at 11:30a, and were greeted with an incredibly short wait of maybe 5 minutes or so.

15 or 16 beers on tap, plus a cask, three of which were bourbon barrel aged.

Modest prices for pints - 5 to 8 bucks, and 2$ for 5oz samples for standard offerings and another buck or two for the barrel aged variation samples.

Wide variety of styles, pils, wit, IPA, porter, dubbel, wheat wine. Damn, I wish I'd have had another couple hours to sit at the bar.

And the food ? Seriously ? Wow ! Crazy good menu, again at a modest price point.

In front of me was an Hombre Burger - fresh beef with chihuahua cheese, smoked poblano pepper, red pepper crema, avacado, and tortilla strips w/ bleu cheese potato salad for 12$.

Great service - prompt, friendly, informative and knowledgable.

A must stop.

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Photo of JVB
4.73/5  rDev +11.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

The first time I went to Revolution Brewery was for the release of Deth's Tar. I vaguely remember the night as I had one too many of the limited release Stout. I recall a live folk band that was tearing the place up, with a tuba player that drank like a fish. Not to mention that episode 4-6 of the original Star Wars was playing.... I did escape with a whole case of Deth's Tar, shirts, and a revolution Brewery sign.

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Photo of matjack85
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I've been to this brewpub 3 times now and every time I've found the service friendly and professional. Everyone on the staff was knowledgeable about the beers they offer and helpful with recommendations as to what beers pair well with each food choice.

They've made well over 75 beers now, so there's lots to choose from, although some are seasonals and therefore not available year round. I've had a few clunkers, but for the most part they are well made and good examples of the style they represent - often with a new or interesting twist.

The food here is a bit on the pricey side, but never boring. Many of their offerings are made with their beers as part of the recipe. Even their soup and ice cream are made with beer (and both are delicious, by the way). The beer battered fish & chips is my favorite entree, but the flemish ale stew was not bad either. Their bacon fat popcorn sprinkled with parmesan cheese is probably their most popular appetizer, but to me it was only so-so. The only thing I would not order from here again is their reuben. Absolute must tries are the cheddar beer soup, the Eugene porter ice cream, and the warmed pecan brownie dessert plate that comes with bourbon ice cream and pears drizzled with butterscotch sauce.

If there is one complaint I have it's that their web site needs serious updating and correcting. The menu and beer selections change often and the web site never keeps up with the changes.

I can't comment on how crowded they are for dinner as I've only been here for lunches, but I've never found seating a problem at that time. There is no parking lot if you drive, so I recommend public transportation. Both the Milwaukee Ave. and California Ave buses stop just ½ block from the front door and the CTA blue line is just a few blocks away.

It's a nice looking place with dark brown wooden tables and chairs and a centrally located bar if you're just there to drink. You can also see several of the beer tanks thru a glass window in the back. It's a little classier than you average brewpub with green linen napkins, real silverware, and interesting plate presentations.

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Photo of briiguy
4.7/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

First off, the food is above average at the brewpub, just ask around!

The beer, well the beer is good. My favorites are their limited releases.

Atmosphere is FUN. You actually have to be social instead of staring into a tv, because they RARELY turn it on. Well, unless someone says, "PUT THE HAWKS ON!"

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Photo of smartassboiler
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first of the two Revolution Brewery visits was to the brewpub to get a few pints and some grub before a nearby concert.

The Atmosphere was great inside. I liked the layout of the brewpub down on the main floor where we waited for a table while enjoying a few pints, and then we were seated upstairs to eat, which was a spacious area that sat plenty of people.

The Quality was amazing. Their beer is top-notch, and their food was really good.

The Service was friendly, helpful, and the bartenders knew their beer. He had a great knowledge of their beer, the guest taps, and the guest bottles.

The Selection was fantastic. They had their normal line of beers, a couple barrel-aged versions, some tap-only offerings, and then guest taps as well. I wish we had been able to spend more time there.

The Food was great as well. We of course tried their famous bacon popcorn, and then I got a reuben sandwich that features swiss cheese fondue. Absolutely delicious.

A good value plus great selection of food and beer. Revolution was a treat, and I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4.51/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

i went here on labor day with a party of eight thinking we would be able to get right in...but it was an hour wait. But it was worth the wait.

Revolution has a great space and they have really put time and care into making feel great. It was very busy, but we didn't feel rushed or ignored at all. The quality of the food and beer was stellar, and everything on the menu looked awesome. The service was outstanding as well. Our server never ignored us, never left an empty glass, and was knowledgeable about everything on both the food menu as well as the beer menu. It is worth it to wait for a table at this fine establishment. Another plus is that they are extremely kid friendly.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

September 6th, 4:15 - 6:00pm

Winding down our Chicago visit, killing some time before heading to OHare. I knew of Revolution's reputation but had yet to try any of their beer; we remedied that on a congested (early rush hour) drive up city streets until we came upon this mid-block bastion of beer along N Milwaukee. Neighborhood has a bit of grittiness (which we both liked in daylight hours) and a welcome parking spot right out front helped to make a favorable first impression. The TGIF crowd was starting to file in at just after 4 on a Friday, but we had no problem finding two seats at the acute angle of the central U-shaped bar. The interior is spacious and shows off varying texture: exposed brick, pressed tin ceilings, blond hardwoods, undulating walls finished with disassembled barrel staves and chandeliers made of orange glass clusters, like gigantic salmon roe. Friendly, good noise level, well daylit with afternoon sun. An open kitchen towards the back and windows into a subterranean brewing area showcase an equal reliance on good food and good beer in driving the place.

Not the promptest service in the first few minutes, but a trio of generally happy and liberally tattooed bartending folk kept us supplied with food and drink going forward. We picked food before beer and both burgers we chose (the "Farm" -topped with spinach, beets, horseradish and egg- and the "Hombre" -poblano peppers, avocado & semi-crisp tortilla strips) were EXCELLENT. Each was sided with delicious chips and bore a $12-13 price tag. The beer choices are mostly Revolution beers with a handful of guests. We tried several (including A Little Crazy, Cross of Gold and Double Fist) before choosing the "What the...?" Helles and the freshly-tapped Oktoberfest as our pints ($5 each); damn, that Oktoberfest was tasty! Later we finished off with a tulip of Thee Destroyer, their Citra-loaded DIPA - quite good, too!

All in all, a very good experience - with excellent food and good service and tasty beer. As we were about to leave, I asked if I could buy a 22 oz bottle of a Begyle beer I'd spotted in the under-counter fridge behind the bar; "no" was the unfortunate reply, as they do not have a "package" license. But the bartender made a great recommendation to check out Vas Foremost, a liquor store across the street, where there were PLENTY of bottle options. Thanks, bearded bartender (whose name I didn't catch)!

A place we'll definitely revisit on our next Chicago visit!

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Photo of Fluffheady
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This is an extremely good brewpub representing an extremely good brewery. Food is upscale brewpub food. Pretty much what you would expect, but the best of what you could expect. They only serve (I think, for some reason my head keeps saying they had guest drafts but their website doesn’t say so) their own beer, but their beer is great, so that’s not really a problem. This place gets freaking packed and stays packed for a long time on the weekends, but that’s expected in that neighborhood.

You guys need one thing: a doorman. Sheesh. The bartenders are slammed, yet they spending half their time checking everyone's IDs.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.69/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

One of my Chicago native friends favorite brewery and restaurant.
After making the trip in, I can see why.
Good food, fantastic beer crowd, good service.
People were lined up to fill growlers the whole time we were eating. Always a good sign.
My only complaint is that they bottle/brew way more beers than what they had available at the brewpub. Even though the selection was good, I thought it could be better.
Will definitely visit again and love many of their beers.

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