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Chicago Craft Brewery Barrel Bus Tour

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    What to Expect
    There's no better way to travel from brewery to brewery than in a Prohibition-era styled barrel bus! Step on the bus through the speakeasy-style vertical door to start your one of a kind Chicago Brewery Tour. As you are driven from brewery to brewery, learn about the history of Chicago's beer industry originating in the 1800s. Did you know that Chicago's first mayor owned a brewery? Your guide provides an entertaining and educational insight of Chicago politics in connection with breweries and the effect that Prohibition had on the city.  

    Each brewery has its own unique qualities. As you stop at some large and small facilities, you can get the sense of what it was like to step in a brewery back before Prohibition. Receive samples of craft beer at each of the breweries and tour one of the production facilities. Enjoy craft beer samples of different flavors along the entire tour. On the production facility tour, learn the step by step procedures of brewing and the science behind the process.

    Please bring your government-issued photo ID. Your tour ends at the pickup location.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    600 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, USA
    3h 30m
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • 45-55 ounces of craft beer
    • Professional guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Transport by climate-controlled barrel bus
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Minimum age is 21 years
    • 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 22 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    This tour is a must do for couples, friends, or even team meetings. We visited 3 breweries, learned some history, and drank several styles of beer. This was fun and exciting!
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    Loved the tour! Bus driver and tour guide were great. Got to sample beers as well as refuel (get food) at one brewery. Everyone on the tour started as strangers and left as friends! Highly recommend it!
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    We had a very fun time! Ben, our tour guide was super personable and friendly. Tour at Lake Effect Brewery was so informative. I would recommend this company, the bus was amazing. The owner and designer David has a great concept. Good luck to you guys in your future!!
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    A party of 10 of us were in town for some NFL Football the next day. We saw this trip and thought it would be a fun way to spend some time in Chicago. We had an absolute blast, visited three brewery's/brew pubs tasted plenty of beer and had a really good time. Highly
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    Fun time. Great staff on the bus, good variation in the breweries we visited, and interesting stories told along the way. The bus could have better suspensions, but that did not ruin the experience.
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    About the operator
    By: The Barrel Run
    141 reviews
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    Fort Myers, Florida
    Ted and Jacob were great.
    We have a great day with Barrel Run team. They were in good spirtis and the tour was top notch. I would
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    Lombard, Illinois
    Awesome Wedding Transportation
    We used the barrel run for our wedding transportation to photos and the venue. The driver and advisor were awesome
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    Barrel Run Brewery Review
    Fun get together for our whole adult family. We started at Lake Effect which is a small brewery that seems to be
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    First time fun
    This tour is a must do for couples, friends, or even team meetings. We visited 3 breweries, learned some history,
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    Excellent Service
    I would highly recommend the Barrel Bus for local transportation, a fun evening out, or a local speakeasy tour.
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    North Aurora, Illinois
    Bachelor/Bachelorette Weekend Fun
    My fiancé and I decided we wanted to do something together with our wedding party so we scheduled a tour with The
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    Brandon W
    Great night out
    I did a private barrel run event for a friends bachelor party. Even though we are all from Chicago, it introduced
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    Abby N
    Fun thing to do for large group outings. Your cell phone can connect to the bus via Bluetooth, which made it way
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Easy. Fun. Different!
    This whole company is so polite and easy to work with. Booking was easy. The tour guide and driver were awesome.
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    Branchburg, New Jersey
    Great tour
    Loved the tour! Bus driver and tour guide were great. Got to sample beers as well as refuel (get food) at one
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    Bachelorette Party Blast!!!
    Did the distillery tour for part of a bachelorette party and it was absolutely perfect! Tour guide and driver
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    San Jose, California
    Nice Experience! Delicious Beer
    We booked this for my group for a birthday celebration. At first the ride was long and the music was not to
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    Chicago, Illinois
    Barrel of Fun
    Booked the Barrel Run for my husbands birthday. Great time!!! Everyone was friendly and ready to enjoy the day.
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    Britton, Michigan
    Birthday tour
    Great experience! 13 in our group and all thought it was awesome. Thank you for the great stories/knowledge gained
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    Great time
    Everyone was great and the event was very well organized by them. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking to
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    Key Details
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    • Duration: 3h 30m
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    • Languages Offered: English
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