Back from a most excellent trip which included San Francisco and the weekend in Chicago for Pitchfork Music and of course, more beer.
I'll add a couple more recommendations to the Chicago tally...
As has been already well reviewed on BA is a new restaurant called Publican. This is in a unique part of town - the Fulton Market, which still seems to be an active meat-packing district. You can tell that it's changing - there are some fancy restos and galleries going in, along with some loft conversions and that sort of thing.
But the Publican is the real deal. An excellent beer list - draught which includes American, Belgian and other Euro, and a large bottle selection. I believe I had a Three Floyds and a Cantillon on my quick visit.
Cool-designed space, lots of wood and communal tables. Friendly, uniformed staff. Lots of meat but veggie options as well. Tip: Make a reservation, or you will likely not get in to eat unless it is before 6pm. Does not open til 3pm so don't go during the day. About 10-15 min walk from Clinton station on the Green line.
But a real treat, especially if you're staying downtown is the lobby bar of the new Wit Hotel called State and Lake. The hotel is obviously, at the corner of State and Lake right in the Loop.
The bar just opened (about a month ago) and has a stellar draught lineup, including Three Floyd's, North Coast, Two Brothers, Surly and others.
Nicely designed space with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. The Wit is a new hotspot as there's also another resto there called Cibo Matto and a rooftop bar called Roof. There was a lineup for Roof at about 5pm on Friday afternoon.
The only drawback of S&L is since it's so new, we were told that they are still working out the staffing for the place. As such, they don't have enough staff to stay open late, so they generally close around 11pm or midnight. But if you're in the Loop, the closest good place for beer is Clark St Ale House which can be quite a walk if you're not feeling energetic. This is a great addition to downtown.