With quaint homes and historic buildings like the Hotel Florence, the Greenstone Church and the Pullman Palace railroad car factory, the Pullman community is a great day trip destination that just got even better. Father-and-son team Robert and Patrick Jensen recently opened their craft brewery in this former company town, site of the deadly 1894 Pullman Strike. Argus brews their California Steam, Holsteiner Lager and Pegasus IPA on the second floor of the old Schlitz distribution stables, marked by terra cotta horse heads, and their beers are on tap at taverns across the region. The brewery isn’t open to the public yet, but you can call in advance to arrange a private tour.
Argus Brewery, 11314 South Front, (773)941-4050, argusbrewery.com
Best of Chicago 2012