What are the best bars for beer in Chicago?

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Lauren Viera

One of the best selections of beer in town is slightly off the beaten path—at least in terms of touristy turf. It’s SmallBar in Wicker Park, which offers somewhere close to 150 rotating beers at any time, offered in imported bottles and cans as well as two dozen on tap. The original SmallBar is on a quiet side street in Logan Square with nearly as much beer, but a limited food menu.

If there’s a bar that rivals SmallBar’s selection, it’s The Map Room, the Bucktown “traveller’s tavern” that features more than 200 brands at any given time. The Map Room has been offering an educational seminar dubbed Beer School for quite some time, which offers novices the opportunity to sit down with an expert in a more intimate setting than this bustling brewhouse.

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