Goose Island Beer Company Tour#19 in Best Things To Do in Chicago
The Goose Island Beer Company is a well-known brewery with nationwide distribution, and it is a leader in Chicago's booming beer culture. Its repertoire of brews includes lagers, porters, IPAs and saisons, and its two Chicago locations offer tours and tastings. At the main brewery on West Fulton Street, visitors can learn about the history and massive production process at Goose Island on an hourlong tour around the brewing facilities. Visitors will also get to try three fresh beers while listening to experienced guides, and they will receive a custom pint glass at the end of the tour. At the Goose Island Brewhouse on North Clybourn Avenue, guests can book a similar tour at a smaller brewpub facility. Recent patrons called their experience at Goose Island fun and informative, with most visitors complimenting the guides and recommending future travelers stop in for a tour and beer tasting.
The West Fulton Street location offers tours every hour from 2 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, 2 to 7 p.m. on Fridays, noon to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The accompanying tap room is open Wednesday through Sunday, and it features rarely distributed Goose Island beers as well as widely known best-sellers. Tours cost $12 and they can be booked on the Goose Island Beer Company website. The North Clybourn Avenue location is a brewpub that serves food and beer daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Travelers can take the L to the Ashland station (green and pink lines) to reach the Goose Island Beer Company's main brewery on West Fulton Street. The North/Clybourn station (red line) is the closest to the North Clybourn Avenue location.
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#1 Millennium Park
A first-time visit to Chicago isn't complete without a stop at Millennium Park. Situated in the Loop just north of the Art Institute of Chicago, this 24.5-acre space is used to showcase cutting-edge art, architecture and landscaping; it also acts as a backdrop for concerts and festivals. Most visitors come to Millennium Park to see the Crown Fountain and Cloud Gate, better known as "The Bean." Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, the Crown Fountain features two 50-foot towers that face each other at opposite ends of a shallow reflecting pool. The towers' LED screens project the faces of 1,000 different Chicago residents, which are perfectly aligned with spouts so that it appears they are spitting water on passersby. Cloud Gate – created by British artist Anish Kapoor – is a 110-ton bean-shaped sculpture forged from stainless steel. The Bean's elliptical shape reflects the Chicago skyline.
There are plenty of other reasons to visit Millennium Park: You can see a concert at the Frank Gehry-designed Jay Pritzker Pavilion, stroll through the Lurie Garden or the Boeing Galleries (where contemporary sculpture is displayed outdoors), or sign up for a Segway tour at the McDonald's Cycle Center.
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