Fountainhead bar

Fountainhead (above)
Call ahead: The hand-pumped beer engines run dry fast. 1970 W. Montrose Ave.; Read our review »

Owen & Engine
Sip your pint fireside in the surprisingly opulent upstairs lounge. 2700 N. Western Ave.;

In Fine Spirits
North Siders swear by this Andersonville patio; until summer, we’ll nurse our brews at the indoor bar. 5420 N. Clark St.;

Bring the kids: There’s a family-friendly vibe at this local chain, with outposts in West Dundee, Palatine, and Downers Grove.

Two Brothers Tap House
End your cask ale circuit with a brewery tour and a beer in the western burbs. 30W315 Calumet Ave., Warrenville;


Photograph: Chris Guillen