Large oval central bar with tables around the periphery, kitchen and brewery towards the back. High ceilings. Very loud at times which seems to be the standard for many brewpubs. Crowd eclectic but tending toward the twenty-somethings. Nice selection of beers including lighter and more traditional styles as well as higher ABV and barrel-aged. Service quick and friendly. I had the Reuben with fries that was very good. Not cheap and they don’t give you much of the barrel-aged for what you pay but value is probably on a par with other brewpubs in Chicago.
Valley Forge wood planks on the elevated/isolated side of the place, bar a drop towards the middle, and then another set of tables on the left... weird picasso feel with the hanging globes and dark wood everywhere. Vibe is mid-30s at the 30 person square bar, definitely an older, more "refined" crowd than at Piece. Moderate list, 2/10 of the house beers had kicked, others served too cold, bartenders accommodate by charging my phone as it slowly dies. Biggest issue is the cold temps and the prices, some 5oz samples running $5 though it’s their aged stuff. Decent, but I’ll likely skip next time.
A cool 2 floor establishment, very nice, warm, woody, with 2 large bars on each floor. The beers tasted were good but the food was stellar (and not too expensive). Had the Crispy Pork Belly sandwich with egg, served with fries, and it was superb. Nice selection of sandwiches,pizza and desserts. If in town, I shall be back.
Easy to get to from the Blue Line and I found the service to be very good all three times I have stopped in. The overall tap selection is well thought out and diverse. The guest bottle selection is not too bad either. I for one like the decor and theme. I have yet to have any food there and will rerate that once I get the chance. Will definitely visit again... glad to see Wil Turner joining the brewery.
I’ve been to Revolution a bunch lately, so it’s probably time to write a review.
Revolution is a very large space, with family-friendly booths on the right, the bar in the middle, and open seating on the left. The decor is mostly wood and metal and quite utilitarian in keeping with the theme, and the artwork is colorful in a propaganda kind of way. The fist-motif tap handles are a nice touch, although it makes it really hard to tell what’s on-tap without looking at a menu. Things are very clean, including the washrooms, and there is a nice big window to see the brewing area in the rear left of the restaurant. My big gripe is that the "Communist/Revolutionary" aspect is only done half-heartedly - the music is a pretty generic mix of classic rock, the servers are a little too clean-cut, and the food and beer seems awfully decadent. It’s like they gave up on the theme after designing the physical space - perhaps some social justice rallies and hunger strikes would help.
That being said, the beer is very good. It took them about 8 months to get things going, but it seems as they’re tapping a new, quality beer every week or two. I think they’ve supplanted the other Chicago brewpubs in terms of overall quality, even though they don’t have the same breadth of offerings as Goose Island Clybourn.
Service is fine, albeit a bit aloof and impersonal. You never have to wait much, but it always feels as if the employees are merely doing their job instead of promoting the high-quality craft beer.
Revolution only has about 8-10 of their own offerings, but this is supplemented by a healthy amount of guest taps and bottles (La Folie, Double Jack, and Lolita are some of my favorites). I’d probably be passed out before I managed to tick everything I wanted to try.
Food is a high point in my opinion. Plenty of veggie/vegan offerings for my wife are always a plus, and I’ve only encountered one or two duds on the menu (Tofu Chili Dog was a bit of a miss). Appetizers are inexpensive and varied if you don’t want a full meal, and you could actually eat something healthy here if you wanted.
For Chicago, the prices are in line with most places, and it’s relatively easy to get to on public transit. A definite must-visit if you are in town.
This is one of the better breweries in Chicago. Their beers are pretty good and they usually have a good guest beer selection on draft as well. The Anti-Hero IPA is good, the Double Fist DIPA is better and in January, the Triple Fist TIPA is amazing! They brew a good variety of beers and are always releasing new ones on a weekly basis. Their food is very good and all made in house. Revolution is a great brewery to go frequently since they always have good food specials and their menu is rather large. This a great place for vegetarians as well!
Easy to find location with street parking. Went to the bar in the center of building with a rough wood interior and brewing equipment at the back. Got to sample all brews and a glass of water included. Good selection of brews that are average to above. Service is timely and attentive, with good knowledge of beers. Did not have food.
This has been one of my favorite places in chicago since they opened. Its in logan square and really fits the area well but is more than accessible for everyone.
Generally its their beers on tap, but they always do a good job of having good "guest" taps as well. While some of the beer can be variable, their range of offerings is great and you are able to try out as much as you want with their sample pours.
The food across the board is very good. Things that standout though are their workingman’s burger, mussels, pizzas, and their polenta fries.
the bartenders are generally easy to get a beer from. It does get packed at nights, but that is just expected and they do a good job even when it is slammed.
It’s the whole package that keeps me coming back and keeps me happy every time.
Atom (227) Minneapolis, Minnesota | September 20, 2011
Really nice place, enjoyed the visit and got to catch up with some friends. Kind of trendy and decently crowded for a Monday evening. Very large and open space. Some of the beers were really good some were awful and most were really standard but spot on and well done. Didn’t try the food but will on my next visit.