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 Grant Park and Buckingham Fountain
Often referred to as "Chicago's front yard," Grant Park is a 319-acre swath of green space that starts at the eastern edge of the Loop and stretches down to the northern fringes of the Near South Side. First-time visitors should plan on spending a fair amount of time in Grant Park: This is where you'll find several of Chicago's most popular things to do, including The Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and Shedd Aquarium. (Millennium Park also rubs elbows with the northwest corner of Grant Park.) Baseball diamonds, flower gardens, walking paths and wide-open grassy terrain are available as well.
At the heart of Grant Park is Buckingham Fountain. One of the largest fountains in the world, this tiered water feature boasts 133 jets that shoot water as high as 150 feet into the air during 20-minute choreographed displays (which take place every hour on the hour between 9 a.m. and 10:35 p.m. from April to October). At night, the fountain's performance is accompanied by lights and music.
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