This taproom is why Chicago’s beer scene is simply the best. Approachable yet boundary pushing, stylish yet comfortable, Half Acre’s genial beer hall pulses with joy. The taps are manned by cheerful obsessives who, even in the midst of a capacity-crowd rush, are happy to play beer matchmaker for you.

Who’s there:Brewery-scouting regulars and beer-loving tourists
What to order:Space IPA ($6)