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Revolution Brewing

2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago  Illinois  60647
United States
(773) 227-2739
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Midwest Living Review

Karen Sorensen
Cheddar-ale soup, house-made sausages, plus high-end twists on sandwiches, pizzas and burgers round out the menu at this brewpub.

Revolution Brewing has carved out its home in Chicago's less-than-hoity Logan Square neighborhood, and it's a fitting location for a brewpub that's taken on the theme of power to the working people. It's on Milwaukee Avenue, one of a handful of diagonal streets that crosses the city, just north of Fullerton Avenue. Easy to get to from downtown or off the Kennedy Expressway, the neighborhood has more than its share of crime. If you arrive early-ish, say before 7:30 or so, you should be able to find nearby street parking, but it gets dicey after that. Then again, part of what's cool about this area is that it feels like the real Chicago -- taco places, plumbing businesses, secondhand stores. Mixed in are newer places, including a lot of condos. The neighborhood is going to change, just like Wicker Park and Bucktown did, but it's going to take time. You won't be paying workingman prices here, but the bar/restaurant's original and well-prepared food and homemade beer justify the $5 pint and $12 sandwich prices. We like that they offer such stick-to-your-ribs fare as stew and lentils and put a new twist on old favorites by adding honey-jalapeno slaw to their smoked pulled-pork sandwich and cremini mushrooms and shallots to their burgers. There's lots of vegetarian fare, too, including a really original veggie burger with baby spinach, roasted beets, horseradish cream, organic egg.They brew 25 beers over the course of the year and have as many as eight or nine on tap at any given time. We can highly recommend the Bottom Up Belgian Wit, a extremely smooth ale with a nice touch of orange.

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