A Guide to Handcrafted Libations in Chicago’s North Shore

The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel invites you to discover our favorite local adult beverage establishments.

Temperance Beer Co.

Opened in 2013, The Temperance Beer Company and Tap Room proudly calls Evanston its home.  We highly recommend taking a tour of their beautiful brewery. Tours take place on the second Saturday of each month , and we advise purchasing your  tickets online ahead of time.  Temperance offers a rare surprise, a monthly forty-five minute yoga class inside the brewery, followed by an indulging in their beer and community-minded conversations. Although we tend to favor their Smittytown ESB and their Gatecrasher IPA, they are always surprising us with a constantly rotating tap selection.

2000 Dempster St, Evanston, IL 60202                                                                                                     10 Miles from The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Lake Bluff Brewing Company

This little known nano-brewery, established in 2010, will make you feel like a long time resident of the Chicago North Shore. For six years Lake Bluff has successfully kept Lake Bluff Brewing Company under-wraps, and we can see why. This local watering hole plays only vinyl music (selected solely by the bartender), the walls showcase local artists, and they provide a menu supplied by friendly neighbor Maevery Public House. The atmosphere of Lake Bluff Brewing Company is second only to its handcrafted, small batch beers. A regular on tap is the Citra Inspiration American Pale Ale which in out opinion is only trumped by the Black Squirrel Bourbon Stout; we give both of these beers our full endorsement.

16 E Scranton Ave, Lake Bluff, IL 60044                                                                                                    13 Miles from The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Few Spirits

Evanston, a town that was dry for over a century, due to the Temperance Movement, is now home to Few Spirits. Before even opening their doors in 2011,  Few lobbied to have the laws changed and cut through a lot of red tape, but the wait for their award winning craft small batch spirits has proven worth-while. Their Distillery Tour is not only a tutelage in how they make these topnotch handcrafted small batch whiskeys and gins, but also an education of Evanston’s rich history. After a long day of exploring Chicago and the North Shore we like to indulge with a glass of their rye whiskey, or their barrel gin which provides a unique smokey spin on the classic gin. Whether served as a cocktail, over ice, or straight-up, Few’s spirits are always a delight.

918 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60202                                                                                                       11 Miles from The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Ten Ninety

The Ten Ninety Brewery and Tap Room are a delightful new addition to our community. Opened earlier this year, Ten Ninety has brought the North Shore extraordinarily, unique, and small batch craft beers. Ten Ninety tap room is the perfect place to watch a game, catch up with friends, and even enjoy a board game or two. Sip on just one of their microbrewery selections, fermented on site, or indulge in a beer flight, and it will become clear what a true gem this new enterprise truly is to the community. We recommend sampling their Oktoberfest Beer, or their Folded Flag American Ale. Follow them on twitter to find out what beer is being tapped next,  along with which local thought food truck will be stopping by.

1025 N Waukegan Rd, Glenview, IL 60025                                                                                               5 Miles from The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel


North Shore Distillery

Libertyville has had the distinct honor of being the home to  North Shore Distillery and Tasting Room since 2005. These artistically crafted spirits are created with only the finest ingredients, are personally selected by one of the owners,  yield only the best spirits. Not only does North Shore distill spine-tingling good vodkas and some stunning gins, but they also distill artisan creations. Visits to the distillery to see Ethel the Still always ends with a few hours spent in their tasting room sipping a new cocktail creation, or picking-up a few bottles from their store to stock our bar at home. Their North Shore Vodka is perfect in a classic martini, but for something more exotic we prefer to sip their Tahitian Vanilla Vodka over ice, garnished simply with a cinnamon stick. Not to be ignored, the Sirène Absinthe Verte is always a show stopper at dinner parties.

13990 Rockland Rd, Libertyville, IL 60048                                                                                                  13.5 Miles from The Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel

Visiting Chicago this fall? Reserve a room at the Renaissance Chicago North Shore Hotel, conveniently located for your discovery of Chicago’s North Shore libations.


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