The Best Cider Bars in Chicago

Owners of Right Bee pose with cider bottles

While Chicago is known for its robust beer scene (the city is home to the most breweries in the country, after all), lately, there’s been some competition in the libations department. Cider bars are popping up all over the city, proving that you don’t need hops to make a delicious boozy beverage. And with a pleasant nip in the air, there’s no better time than the fall to sip on some apple-y goodness. (Bonus for those who forego grain: Most ciders are naturally gluten free.)

Ready to raise a glass to autumn? Hit up any of these cider bars during your stay at Ambassador Chicago to see what the buzz is about.

 

Right Bee Cider

It doesn’t get any more local than this. The cider is pressed and bottled in their facility in the Hermosa neighborhood (just west of Logan Square), and they even get their honey from beehives on their roof. The taproom is open every day except for Monday and Tuesday, and it’s kid-friendly, so feel free to bring the whole family.

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The Northman

Wonder what the difference is between cider from France and cider from England? This is the place to find out. The Lincoln Square restaurant has more cider options than you can possibly get through and also offers delicious food pairings, including a huge cheese selection and dishes like Welsh Rarebit. (Just make sure to save room for their apple cider doughnuts.) If you’re downtown, you can swing by their outpost on the Riverwalk, too.

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ERIS Brewery and Cider House

Over on Irving Park Road, there’s a gorgeous masonic temple that is now a shrine to all things cider, and the female-owned and run spot is as tasty as it is eye-catching. Go for a classic cider or shake things up with a strawberry rhubarb variety or a funky French oak-aged one. And come hungry —the food is equally as amazing, and they serve a delicious weekend brunch.

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North Shore Cider Company

While North Shore Cider Company isn’t technically in Chicago, it’s still worth a visit to Evanston, which is just over the city’s limits. This taproom is known for featuring unique blends — try one made with maple syrup, one with ginger, or one with coffee. Fall in love with one while you’re there? Grab some cans before you leave as the perfect souvenir.

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And, if apples are your thing but hard cider isn’t, visit one of the many nearby orchards during your trip. County Line Orchard is 40 miles away from the city and has everything you could want for an idyllic fall day, from a corn maze to tractors ride to row after row of you-pick-‘em apples.

 

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