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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour
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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

By The Barrel Run
Recommended by 98% of travelers
98% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Chicago has a thriving craft beer scene with new bars and brew-pubs springing up all around the city. This tour provides the ideal introduction as you visit up to three different breweries and travel on-board a traditional 20th-century-style Barrel Bus. Hop off along the way to enjoy guided brewery tours, learn all about the brewing process, and sample a variety of craft beers.
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Ages 21-99, max of 36 per group
Duration: 3h 45m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Guided tours and tastings at up to three craft breweries
  • Taste a selection of different craft beer types and flavors
  • See the brewing process and learn how beer is made
  • Travel around Chicago on a traditional Barrel Bus

  • 45-55 ounces of craft beer
  • Professional guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Transport by climate-controlled barrel bus
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


Start:
  • 600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654 Our bus will arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to departure. We will park outside of McDonald's, across the street from the Rainforest Cafe.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30616P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Minimum age is 21 years
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Please note this experience has a minimum number of travelers required to operate. If the minimum is not met, you will be offered a tour at another time or a full refund.
    • Closed Toe Shoes required in order to experience the production facility tour at one brewery.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 30616P2

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    • 600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
      Departure Point: Address: 600 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654 Our bus will arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to departure. We will park outside of McDonald's, across the street from the Rainforest Cafe.
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    • The Barrel Run
      269
      Chicago, Illinois
      Joined in July 2015
    • Villabreak
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Best Barrel Run event
      all 25 of my guest had a blast. each one kept saying throughout the night that they had never expereinced something that was so much fun. It was great to experience new places, new drinks and great food. Highly recommend Barrel Run for your team/friend outings to bond and expiereince new adventures together.
      Written March 17, 2024
    • bdwilburn
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great brew bus tour
      Ted gave us a great tour. Revolution Brewery was our favorite. Fun people on the bus too. All made for a great experience.
      Written December 3, 2023
    • johnmicci
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Perfect Tour
      Just an amazing tour and great history. The guide was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the subject and made some great stops for everyone along the way
      Written November 17, 2023
    • nas2062023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience for Team Building
      The Barrel Run was a very unique experience, our team had so much fun with David. We had lunch at Forbidden Root and sampled some delicious beer. We had a prohibition style tour that was incredibly informative, we learned so much about Chicago's mobster history. We ended the tour at Green Door Tavern, a fun speakeasy. I would recommend this tour to anyone looking to host a fun night/day out for corporate or personal outings! David and Danielle made the experience so easy and were very accommodating.
      Written November 13, 2023
    • Jennifer G
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      So much fun
      So much fun! I highly recommend this beer tour you get to go to 3 of the top breweries and meet some fun people along the way. The driver was great and the entire experience is worth it!
      Written November 11, 2023
    • Debbie N
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Barrell of Fun!
      Everyone I dealt with at The Barrel Run was helpful. From Danielle helping me with choosing where to go and where to get picked up to David our excellent driver and tour guide. We had a group of 16 and everyone had a fantastic time! Great way to visit some craft breweries/distillery without driving. Awesome way to spend our Saturday afternoon in Chicago.
      Written October 25, 2023
    • marleneshepherd
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Barrel Run
      We were lucky to have Dave as our driver and we had a great time. on the way to the brewery, Dave shared some fun facts about Chicago. I would definitely recommend The Barrel Run.
      Written October 22, 2023
    • mjdillon_11
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Our second success story!
      We worked with the Barrel Run again with stellar results. Our clients loved the experience of touring classic Chicago breweries in epic fashion. Danielle and David made the planning and execution simple. And the breweries seemed to embrace our tour which made us feel like VIP’s! We absolutely would use the Barrel Run services again! Cheers!!!
      Written October 7, 2023
    • ejpollard7
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Excellent Event For Work Event or Family/Friend Outing!
      The team at Barrel Run creates a fun & smooth experience - highly recommend for a work/team event to do something a bit non-traditional. Also had a great time doing this tour for a friend's birthday - you can't go wrong to combine learning about & being out & about in Chicago with such a cool vehicle to take you around!
      Written October 2, 2023
    • beckyosnowitz
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Amazing experience, highly recommend!
      Barrel Run was amazing! They helped us coordinate a perfect event. The bus was so unique and the brewery tastings they planned for us were a lot of fun. I’d highly recommend them to anyone!
      Written August 20, 2023
    • Villabreak
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      Best Barrel Run event ever
      The Barrel Run Team work their tails off to provide an exceptional Chicago experience. From the CEO (David) to the team (Ted) and rest of the crew, their knowledge and experience with Distilleries and Brewery's always make it a very memorable experience. Our company has used their services multiple times for Team Outings. You haven't had the Chicago experience unless you've gone on a Barrel Run Tour.
      Written July 31, 2023
    • MagicallyMakenzieD
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      Wonderful experience
      I highly recommend this experience! The driver is knowledgeable and built the vehicle himself. Very kind too. Overall, a great day!
      Written July 15, 2023
    • Jalmodovar11
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Worth It!
      This was a great experience and I would definitely do it again! My entire group had a blast, and I had a good experience coordinate the breweries we vistied.
      Written July 12, 2023
    • jb9003
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Barrel Run was Great!
      I booked them for my bachelorette party actually and it was so fun! All my guests raved about how great the driver was (which was David the CEO!) and loved learning about the breweries and chicago along the way. The bus is so fun, music was easy to play, and the breweries we stopped at were great. Highly recommend for any occasion
      Written May 22, 2023
    • rkirby-utz
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Corporate Outing!
      Our team really enjoyed this unique experience! A barrel of laughs was had by all. Can't wait to do it again!
      Written May 12, 2023
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    y r
    Chicago, IL2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We booked this brewery bus tour with 20 of our friends for my husband's 40th birthday, and we had an absolute blast!

    David recommended a pick up point near an inexpensive parking garage that we booked through a parking app.

    Our first stop was Lake Effect Brewery which was tiny with lots to offer. We had a tour of their brewery and learned lot of fun facts. Their popular ale was delicious which a lot of of friends purchased to go.

    Our second stop was Goose Island which is where we had lunch and the food was delicious! Not one complaint from the different food orders. Goose Island was a favorite. Nice atmosphere, nice brewery, great staff.

    Our last stop was On Tour Brewery also a favorite. We received a flight of their tasty brews. Again awesome place, awesome staff.

    The bus was our favorite part. It was very well kept clean and I believe it even may have been new. Very "luxurious " looking, It was nicer than I expected.

    David and Dannielle were a pleasure to work with and I definitely would do this again.

    I definitely recommend!
    Written December 28, 2021
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    Christina K
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023
    I chose the Barrel Run for a private event. We did the gangster theme brewery tour. It was a blast! The owner and staff were friendly, helpful and nice. They helped the celebration be a success. Everyone who participated were so impressed and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. So much fun and a very different experience. I highly recommend doing this either as a private event or public event. You won't regret it.
    Written April 17, 2023
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    Lindsay D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2023
    David and the entire team at The Barrel Run are absolutely amazing partners to work with. And I use the word partner on purpose. I worked with David on a large group for a corporate event and he not only replied to emails almost immediately, but he truly spent time and effort on making our experience the best it could be. From mapping out our itinerary to the minute, to accommodating us for a fast lunch, to even throwing in a surprise final stop to a local donut shop!! You do not get a better experience than this! And not only is he wonderful to work with - the busses are absolutely amazingly cool and everyone had an awesome time. I highly recommend adding this to any Chicago trip you have planned! Whether for work, or for fun!!
    Written May 11, 2023
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    Ryan G
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Friends
    Had a great experience from the get go. Called with questions and spoke with the owner directly who guided us into the trip that best fit our needs. We had a group of 7 and our guide was able to keep us seated together even amongst a public tour. The stops were well guided and organized and the production tour was fun and informative. Or guide acknowledged our special occasion and was knowledgeable & helpful along the way. Would recommend for tourists & locals alike.
    Written April 29, 2024
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    Thank you. We are happy you and your party enjoyed your bachelor party aboard The Barrel Run. We look forward to hosting you again in the future.
    Written May 6, 2024
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    Pix
    100 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bus was quiet at the start then after the alcohol started flowing everyone was chatty and happy. Tour guide was fabulous as well. Met new friends and loved every bit of it. Would recommend to friends and family.
    Written May 15, 2022
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    rstjwells
    Carmel, IN3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    This was just amazing. The crew was spectacular. It was 3.5 hours of beer and fun. Very knowledgeable about the each brewery we visited. Our bus was almost 100% full. Everyone starts out calm, not much chatter. By the time we finished our third brewery, people were dancing in the aisle and singing. Just a great time. Great time for birthdays, bachelor parties, Work events, just friends and family. Ted was great!! Don’t forget to tip the crew when done.
    Written August 7, 2023
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    KrissyandCody
    Wichita, KS274 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Barrel Bus is a must-do for Chicago! We went to 3 breweries: Lake Effect, Revolution and Goose Island. Had lots of beer and a ton of fun! Ted was our driver and he was awesome as well.
    The bus is super cool shaped like a barrel. We got to meet people from all over and chat a bunch. This tour is so cool I wish they had it in my city!
    Written June 21, 2022
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    Gina T
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2023 • Couples
    It was actually a lot of fun ,tried so many different beers. We visited 3 breweries, an saw the city as we traveled to each different location. Our guide Ted was awesome, he is also a beer drinker which was greatly appreciated, he had many recommendations. Definitely will do again!
    Written April 23, 2023
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    Deb D
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023
    What a fun experience! We had a really small group, but we had so much fun with our driver, Ted. Each place we visited was ready for us with a small flight of beers and a nice location for us all to sit together. All locations were very friendly, and we had a production tour at our second spot. Ted was sociable with everyone in the group and always gave us ample time to know how much longer we had at that location. My husband is a head brewer, so he really like the opportunity to do a production tour at a facility as well. I would highly recommend this tour to people who really like the CRAFT of craft beers and aren't just looking to go on a drink tour (though I suppose you would enjoy it as well, since you do get to drink.) And the bus was so cool as well!
    Written July 22, 2023
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    Nicole C
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2022 • Friends
    We booked this tour for a group of 18 for a birthday party event and we had a blast. Will definitely book again! Danielle and David set up the itinerary for the brewery locations and are an amazing team to work with when it came to setting up the event and responded quickly for any questions we had. The guest who attended loved it!
    Written March 20, 2022
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