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Goose Island

1800 N. Clybourn
Chicago  Illinois  60614
United States
(312) 915-0071
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Midwest Living Review

Karen Sorensen
Goose Island has been a fixture in Chicago's North and Clybourn neighborhood for years; its emphasis on locally brewed beer paired with a solid menu is what makes it a winner.

Goose Island is an appropriate name for this little oasis in the middle of the thriving and sometimes congested Chicago neighborhood known as North and Clybourn. Tucked behind the stores lining North Avenue,  the huge old building accommodates brewing of the well-known beers. For $10, get the cook's tour and a nice sampling of what's on tap. But no need to devote 60 minutes to the tour if all you're after is a taste test. Goose Island lets you try their brews by the half glass or in flights of four three-ounce pours. They also have a fantastic menu that goes above and beyond in terms of explaining what each beer tastes like to help guide those who aren't experts. The brew might be what gets you in the door, but we can guarantee the menu is what will bring you back. It's not extensive—maybe two dozen burger, sandwich, salad and small plate options—but the quality, inventive fare stands out. If a hamburger's what you're seeking, you won't go wrong with the Stilton burger, which is slathered in cheese and whole cloves of roasted garlic served on pumpernickel. The rotisserie roasted chicken sandwich, topped with green onions, artichokes and arugula, is another good choice. They're a little pricy—sandwiches range from $10 to $15—but worth it.

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