Chicago Beer & Historic Pub Tour

Trains, Taverns and Tales

River North: Historic Pubs

Tour reopening spring/summer 2021. 

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Eat, drink and discover Chicago’s West Loop and River North neighborhoods on our Chicago beer tour via the Brown Line!  Join us on our Chicago walking tour for a combination of great Chicago stories and adult beverages as we tour a number of historic sites and legendary pubs in the city’s Near North Side.

We’ll kick off our Chicago tour with an awesome burger at Small Cheval in the West Loop, then head to the Merchandise Mart where we’ll board the Brown Line to River North.

In River North, we’ll start our Chicago beer tour by visiting the Green Door Tavern, the oldest pub in Chicago, which sits above a well-hidden, authentic Prohibition-era speakeasy. Next, we stop by Brehon Pub with a fascinating story involving bribery and the Chicago media.

We’ll then board the train again make our way back to the Loop where we’ll have “last call” at historic, antique-filled Monk’s Pub.

Adult with Alcohol Ticket includes food at two stops + 3 alcoholic beverages (with a choice of beer or cocktail) at each pub stop during our Chicago walking tour.

Adult Nonalcoholic Ticket includes food at two stops + a choice of water or soft drink at each pub stop during our Chicago walking tour.

Want to get more insight into the history of this district before taking our Chicago beer tour? Learn more about River North in our Chicago neighborhood guide.

Tour Highlights

Explore Two Neighborhoods

  • West Loop
  • River North

Health & Safety

Small Bites

  • Full hamburger
  • Bar snack

Alcoholic Beverages

  • Three drinks are included with alcohol package purchase
  • Choice of beer or cocktail at each pub stop
  • Nonalcoholic option available

Book River North: Historic Pubs

Duration: 3 hours

Extra time built in for train travel

Price: Adult $50 | Adult with Alcohol $100

  • Days of operation: Last Friday of the month
  • Start time: 4:30pm
  • Chicago beer tour begin and end in the Loop (See below)
  • Estimated Train Time: two 4 minute train rides
  • Walking distance: 1.6 miles
  • Chicago beer tour price includes transit fees
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Additional Information

Ticket Purchase Requirements

  • Must be able to climb stairs
  • Tour requires minimum of 2 guests to run - single bookings subject to cancellation if minimum is not met
  • Must be 21 and older
  • Please bring valid form of ID

Tour Meeting Point and Stops