From considering thousands to visiting hundreds to selecting these 100 best, we did rigorous due diligence in compiling our list of Chicago and environs’ top-shelf taps: batting eyelashes at bouncers, chatting up bartenders, and pushing our livers to the limit throwing back pints. The result, we believe, stands as a singular handbook for discerning drinkers. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Think we missed a spot? Tell us which is your favorite in the comments below.
Reported and written by Ari Bendersky, David Bernstein, Amalie Drury, Noah Isackson, Geoffrey Johnson, Esther Kang, Marthe Leach, Graham Meyer, Nora O’Donnell, Kelsey Peters, Jeff Ruby, Angela Shukert, Lena Singer, Chuck Sudo, Jennifer Tanaka, Shane Tritsch, Cassie Walker, Jennifer Wehunt, and Steven Yaccino
Edited by Shane Tritsch and Jennifer Wehunt
Photography by Chris Guillen