Following the success of the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House opened near Baltimore in 2018, the brand now nears the official opening of a new, similar facility in Chicago.
Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago has an official opening date — Thursday, September 28. Doors open at 8 a.m., in time for the morning commute with Guinness’ own freshly baked brown bread, Intelligentsia coffee and assorted treats from Aya Pastry.
Located at 901 W Kinzie, the taproom, restaurant and bakery is housed in a 15,000-square-foot former rail depot in the West Loop. Designer Karen Herold of Studio K Creative transformed the long-vacant building into an environmentally sustainable, state-of-the-art brewery and taproom with a epic patio with stairs reminiscent of Chicago’s Riverwalk steps, a brand representative says.
Expect rotating experimental draughts brewed onsite that are exclusively available in the taproom, alongside signatures like Guinness Draught Stout straight from Dublin.
The culinary program will be led by Dream Team Hospitality, a joint venture between Chicago’s Hyde Park Hospitality and Stefani Restaurant Group, with Chef Taylor Bischof at the helm. The food menu draws inspiration from the brewery’s Irish roots and global footprint alongside reimagined Chicago classics like Giardiniera Dip.
In addition to morning bakery and café service, Guinness OGB Chicago will offer an all-day restaurant and taproom menu plus brunch on weekends.