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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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 YogiBeer
3.15/5  rDev -25.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 4.25

Some people absolutely love going here... I, on the other hand, Do not.

I want to, believe me. Anti-Hero is one of my absolute favorite beers, and I dig a lot of the other beers that they make. However, there are some things that really bother me.

Small portions, coupled with high prices. Yes, I get that you're painting sauces on my plate and arranging shit on top of it, but this is a brewpub. I don't want to pay twenty dollars for three ounces of meat and some veg, with three different sauces. Id you're going to charge 11 dollars for a burger, please make it larger than 8 ounces. Food does taste good, though.

The service SUCKS. Think super ultra angry combat boot hipster ladies hating every second that they're there. Ughhhh. Sorry for offending you with my existence.

Any of the non-distro beers that I've had from their brewpub, save the ten dollar 8 oz pour of some bourbon quad a long time ago, have been crap. Like, undrinkable crap. Had a few people on either side of us, plus us, decide to not finish the beers they ordered. Blech.

SO many better places to go in chicago.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Revolution is a fairly average looking place, taking no hard style cues, despite the 'Revolution' moniker. The room is clean and open, manned with a hipster-type staff. Food seemed okay, the Pizza was particularly well-recieved. Some of the beers they were brewing were excellent, others were decent. I liked BA Sodom a lot, and had several glasses. Something tells me BA Sodom is not normally on-tap, however. Overall, I thought this place underacheiving; that said, it is still really solid (just not optimizing its potential.)

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Photo of dexterk1
3.73/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Have been here a few times. It is a good place to eat actually and have some beer. The atmosphere is nice as the space inside is set up nicely and seems big and open. The food is good as well. Sandwiches were very good and mash potatoes were awesome! The beer however was good. They have some solid beers. Cross of gold and Iron Fist among them. I would also like to see more selection in beers that they make. They seem a little limited on this front. Overall, a good place to hang out and eat something with decent beer. Not good to checkout new or exciting beers being brewed in house.

3/2016- Revolution has improved a great deal over the years. The selection and quality has gone up considerably. Making some great beers now and for the last few years.

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Photo of howardsitko
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I live right by Revolution Brewing and I highly recommend it. Everything about this place is above average, and the food and drink is reasonably priced.

The big problem I have with this brew pub is it's always packed! If it's after 5PM it will be incredibly crowded. If you don't have a table or a spot at the bar things will be uncomfortable.

There is little they can do about it, as there aren't a whole lot more options in this part of Chicago, but it does mean you'll need to plan ahead.

Other than the crowd, this place is a terrific Logan Square option.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of hawks10
3.8/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped in here for a late dinner & drinks with my girlfriend on a Tuesday night, waited about 15 minutes for a table at about 9pm...

Very nice looking place, the bar is the centerpiece of the restaurant/brewpub with a couple chalk boards indicating the beers they currently had on tap...Tables were very close together and made it really difficult to have a conversation as you could hear everyone else more than each other, no real sense of privacy and was kind of a large negative about this place...

First beer I tried to order, Anti-Hero IPA, was of course out and had to choose from one of the other 5 house beers they had on tap. I chose the Iron Fist Pale Ale which I actually quite liked, very flavorful, sweet, caramel malt with a bit of a hop presence, but overall very mild, light and easy to drink. My girlfriend had the Bottom Up Wit which we both thought was just a repackaged Blue Moon, not really impressed with that one at all. I finished the night with a Black Power Oatmeal Stout which I found to be very ordinary, just a plain ole stout, not bad, but nothing to rave about...

Menu is not very extensive and features more "gourmet" foods, not your typical bar-fare. My girlfriend ordered a special of the night that was not on the menu, corn beef with cabbage and garlic mash (obviously a St. Patty's Day offering) which was REALLY REALLY good, I ended up eating more of it than she did cause I liked it so much. I ordered the sausage pizza which was decent, nothing special though...

The staff was very nice and our waitress was usually pretty prompt. Very interesting mix of nerds, gay couples, hipsters, etc...

Although we had a nice night, we were not terribly impressed with Revolution overall, my girlfriend and I both decided we would give it a 5-6 out of 10, but we both felt it had the potential to be an 8 or so. The building and setup are very nice, they just need to space out the seating (which will never happen, I'm sure), they need to extend their menu a bit and they need to offer some more beers with unique character. They are good at brewing to style and do craft some tasty beers, but there is really nothing to set them apart. After the place cleared out a bit as the night wore on, we felt the atmosphere improved because it quieted down and we could actually peacefully talk to each other...

2 dinners, 3 beers, Growler + tip came out to $70, kind of pricey in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

what a happening place this is! and how cool to be at the spot where the cover of BA was shot for the current month, a pleasant surprise upon our arrival. its in a swanky younger neighborhood of Chicago, and it was absolutely packed to the gills on a sunday afternoon. an expansive bar room with a central bar and the brew house in the back. standing room only as we walked in, not greeted by employees who seemed to care we were there, and had trouble with the service all day, but that's not why we came there. some ten beers on tap, all their own, and an impressive bottle list. drafts fairly priced, big markups on the packaged offerings, but they did have some rarities on the list. the ipas were nice, the hibiscus beer was a treat, and the strong ales were interestingly malted. all of very good quality, none that knocked me over with a big WOW! food looked solid, but we didn't eat. the décor is minimal, so sound bounces off the high ceilings when its full, and I found myself almost shouting to be heard by my table, but that's a testament to how successful this place is getting, not a knock. id love to see some outside seating, additional bar staff, and perhaps some wall treatments for sound, but other than that, we had a great time, and enjoyed the beer thoroughly. I would be happy to go back anytime.

edit: second visit was a better vibe, like they have grown into their space. the classy holiday decorations helped too, and we were there for brunch, so it wasnt so packed yet. service is still pretty brutal after all this time, friendly as can be, but inattentive to a fault. beers have improved too, and the food was incredibly good, way better than expectations. obviously these folks are maturing nicely, but are still seemingly understaffed. it wont prevent another visit, thats for sure.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Atmosphere is great. Has a somewhat upscale feeling compared to many bars/breweries. Tap list was decent in terms of quality and quantity. Two minor complaints: first there was nothing on cask at 3:00 pm (apparently it was blown already) and there was nothing on tap of the rarer variety. Would have been nice to see something barrel aged on tap given the number of great barrel aged beers that Rev puts out.

Service was quite slow, despite the place not being very busy.

Had some apps and the food was quite good.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Walking in around 5 pm on an early winter evening, Revolution is a dimly lit, narrow building with a nice view of the brewery in the back. There is a hostess that seats you to your nice contemporary style table. Nice tall bar.

The quality of the beer was outstanding. We had the barrel-aged Black Power, Rise Oatmeal Stout, and Anti-Hero IPA. All were quite exceptional. The quality of the restaurant itself was pretty nice as well. Clean and well kept.

The service was alright. Our server didnt really know too much about the beers they had on tap and didn't seem to come around our table too often. Probably the only downside to our experience.

The selection was nice as they had many styles to keep everyone satisfied. An interesting menu boasted some tasty sounding selections as well.

The food was pretty damn good. I got a Forest Burger which consisted of a few types of mushrooms, grilled and fried, and a thick 1/2 lb beef patty that tasty pretty quality. The bun was also different than most and added a nice touch to it.

The pricing was reasonable i guess, we paid $8 for the barrel-aged stout but that was expected. I believe my burger was around $11 but was so damn good i couldn't care less.

Overall, another fun stop including bomb brew and equally tasty grub.

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Photo of CapitalGains
3.9/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited twice during a trip to Chicago. Once solo during a Sunday afternoon and once again the same day (evening) with some friends.

A: Pretty large bar area with a typical edged-U shape. I don't remember the approximate dimensions but it probably sat around 30-40 people. Sat at the bar during my first visit but secured a table towards one of the front windows with friends during the night visit. The windows (doors?) were pulled up during the evening to let some air in as it was pretty humid. A fair amount of seating was available at the bar as well as at the tables, although the tables are apparently for beer AND food, not just beer, at least when we went. We ended up only ordering beer at our table but it's something to be aware of, especially on a crowded night with strict a host(ess).

Q: Pretty good on-the-whole, although nothing outstanding. Most of the responses should be embedded in the other sections.

Serv: This was a weighted average during my two visits. Service at the bar was OK yet the server we had at our table (that same evening) was very friendly and seemed to be interested in our trip, which was primarily beer related. She also knew enough about local beer/beer in general to warrant sufficient satisfaction. We were checked on regularly and the waitress even dealt (amusingly) with one of my friends spilling his beer and brought him another, free of charge.

Selec: Revolution had a pretty good range of beer styles but some were hit or miss. When I visited they had a Porter, IPA, Blonde, English Dark Mild Ale, Witbier, APA, Herbed/Spiced Beer, and a Stout that unfortunately tasted like a cigarette. They might have had some guests' on-tap but I don't recall since we only ordered Revolution beers. A respectable variety that's probably worth visiting as you'll most likely find something you are in the mood for, unless you are craving an Imperial Stout or Barleywine.

All-in-all I enjoyed visiting this place. If I lived around Wicker Park this would probably be a regular.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Revolution isn't too far off I-90/94. It is in a neighborhood that appears to be re-vitalizing. It is difficult to park near the pub - mostly just parallel parking on the street. The place was packed on a Friday night. I should have expected that. Inside is not very big. The bar is right as you walk in the door. I was able to circle around to near the server's station to try some beers. Anti-Hero and Iron Fist are really good ale. I got a growler of Coup d'Etat (their saison). It was fantastic, but $20 for a growler refill is a bit expensive for my taste (I'm not exactly a big city guy used to big city prices). They had a few other of their beers on tap plus a nice collection of guest taps. I did not eat there. I was their to sample beers and fill a growler for a friend. It was a cool place that I'd go back to, but at lunch time and not on a weekend.

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Photo of ARoman
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I hate to say "this place used to be cool," but, well ... It's not Revolution's fault, it's the crowd that's decided to flock to this place. If you can make it there during "off-hours" it's an awesome place for good beer and good food, but more often than not, the place is crowded with a mix of yuppies, hipsters, and bros. Sadly, as with most gentrification, the bros are starting to take over. They always have a dozen or so beers available with a mix of mainstays, seasonal, limited release, experiments, and usually one, if not two, cask conditioned taps. The food is very high level - not your typical bar food - put together with a culinary touch. The servers are always friendly and knowledgeable. They have two TVs, but are rarely turned on except for important Chicago sporting events. The ambiance is driven primarily by alternative and indie tunes.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went to this place for "Beer Fistival 2011" and had a great time. They have a lot of really really good beers. I was most impressed with their darker beers like the Sodom (especially the barrel aged Sodom) and the Wee Heavy.

A-cool atmostphere centered around a 360-degree bar with several areas of taps. Lot of wood work, and nice-sized wood booths galore.

Q-the beer is excellent, and the food is great too if you're into stuff like pulled pork, brats, etc.

S-can't really say since i was here for a party. the staff seemed reasonably friendly, although one of their main brewers seems to be a little stuck up which is a bit weird. Dude your life is about brewing beer, you're supposed to be cool!!

S-good beer selection; not very good food selection. don't come here if you're a vegetarian, their "tofu hot dog" is universally deplored.

F-i loved it. ihad a pulled pork sandwich with jalapeno cole slaw on it. simple but very good.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in here on the way to DLD. Pretty much average brew pub feel and look. Nothing worth noting in the atmosphere department.

I had the cask IPA which was awesome. It sat slowly cascading for a solid five minutes. The servers were doing their best with the place being packed to the rafters. It was a Saturday afternoon.

The draft selection was solid. Quite a variety of offerings from their lineup. Plenty of bottles to choose from. Lots of imports and Midwest craft favorites.

We didn't eat but the guy next to me had a burger that looked amazing.

Overall another solid brewpub in Chi-town.

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Visited 7/26/2010 with masterski, shortly after Kuma's Corner.

It was nice to walk a mile after eating about 5 lbs of food at Kuma's. The place was fairly empty (middle of the day on a week day). There is a nice bar with lots of room and plenty of tables around.

Tried the sampler which consisted of 7 house beers. I didnt realize at the time but I was told later that the mild was supposed to be a big hit. I didnt think much of it but I did like the IPA. Not quite sure what to make of the Rosie.

The service was kind of non existent but that's not all bad, as I got my sampler. The lady that sat next to us gave us crap for having out cell phones out. She then proceded to lecture us on how we should be here to enjoy the ambiance and unwind. I was there to enjoy the beer, and since the place was empty there wasn't much ambiance but she has a point.

Didn't eat. Would go back for some more ticks.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Stopped in the night before FoBAB '11, and sampled some Bourbon Barrel Black Power.

The place was packed, and it was going to be an hour wait or so for a table (just like everything else of course), so we just got a round of the BBN Black Power and went upstairs to kind of try and stay out of the way.

Nice crowd inside, lots of young folk enjoying themselves, having a good time. I liked the atmosphere, it was very vibrant.

The beer was really good, I enjoyed it. Can't say that I've had very many BBN aged Oatmeal Stouts, but it was very easy drinking and satisfying, nice flavors. I'll try to make it for a meal next time, but I like what I have seen so far.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Came to revolution brewing over the thanksgiving break for a brewery tour. One of their brewers, Matty, took the group around and very humbly told us the story of the brewery and some of the beers they make.

I found the atmosphere to be very comfortable and laid back with local artwork on the walls and nice personal brewery touches. My favorite is the 99 bottles of beer chandelier hanging right above the entrance, closely followed by the fist all around the bar.

I wasn't able to try all the beer they have on tap because frankly there are so many. This brewery isn't afraid to explore many different styles. The ones I sampled were very tasty and I would highly recommend giving them a shot. I even came back for a growler of their IPA.

The staff seemed very knowledgeable about the beer and the major players (managers, brewers, owners) conducted themselves more like family then coworkers. That all adds to the cool vibe of the place. I really felt that people here enjoyed their jobs and it shows in the staff.

The food was very good and there is almost as much of a selection as the beer. They offer some vegan and vegetarian options but their homemade sausage is not to be missed. The only draw back is I found the food to be slightly pricey but the quality is way up there and worth every penny.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We stumbled upon this place as we were leaving downtown bound for Superdawg on our way home to LaCrosse. Lucky us! Parked right in front where they had the widows open. Inside we sat at the bar and had a very pleasant, chatty young lady bartender. Interiour is tastfully done in a beer pub theme: room dividers made from barrel staves and chandeliers from the barrel bands. Nice, slightly worn maple floors. Old fashion stamped zinc ceiling. Nice mahoganey bar and carved back bar. Spiral ducts. All in great shape; it was opened less than a year ago. Saw a lot of people eating with gusto, so it seems food must be good. Other customers were friendly too. Their beers which we tried were pretty good except the gold which was boring. I'll proly go back someday. And I'll definitely recommend it to folks.

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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 mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of DMcGirr
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of RTrain12
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Finally made it over to Rev for fathers day 2010. It's about a hour from my house, but wasn't very hard to get to. Parking was also resonable as we parked on the same side of the street only a few hundred of feet away. As we made our way in it didn't seem to busy but still waited about fifteen minutes or so. As we waited we went to use the restroom and I was very surprised to see a family bathroom in a brewery. I was very happy to see that this place is family/kid friendly. The place looks great and very moderate. The only thing that bummed me out was before we sat down to eat I was gona order a beer. I sat my two year old son on the bar stool who had a white sox shirt on and the bar tender gave me a smug look. There lucky I drove a hour away or I would have walked out. We did sit down and I was informed that the first beer was on the house so I ordered a pale ale. It was very good! Second beer I had was there ipa which was good but I think the pale ale was better. Food wise I had the cheddar ale soup and the pork and bacon pizza. They were both awsome! My wife had the fish and chips and she was very happy with that. My son had pizza and had no complaints. I also got a growler of ther mad cow milk stout that was also a very tatsey beer. I drank that later that night then finished it off the next day with a BA buddy. Our waiter was very nice and good at his job as a waiter but I don't think he knew a hole lot about beer. Overall a great brewery and pub! Will be back in the future!

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