Let’s Play Booze-Opoly!

It’s the game (almost) the whole family can play! Roll the dice and spin around the board exploring some of the many breweries, wineries and distilleries that can be found throughout our region. Or, better yet, explore them in the real world with friends, family and a designated driver.

More Brewing Co.

13980 Automall Dr., Huntley | 121 W. Railroad Ave., Bartlett | 126 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park
(630) 501-1519, morebrewing.com

Take several turns exploring this ever-growing brewery with a large selection of lagers, IPAs, sours and ales. Give yourself extra points if you manage to visit every location.

Bailey’s Run Vineyard

N8523 Klitzke Road, New Glarus, Wis. | (608) 496-1966, baileysrunvineyard.com

Bank error in your favor? Income tax refund? Win this game? These are just a few reasons to skip a turn and celebrate at Bailey’s Run Vineyard. The vineyard now includes a distillery and an expanded restaurant, so raise a glass to them while you’re there.

Rush Creek Distilling

1501 W. Diggins St., Harvard | (815) 943-7874, rushcreekdistilling.com

Congratulations! You’ve won second prize in a beauty contest! And what better way to celebrate than by looking fantastic while sipping authentically crafted vodka, gin, whiskey, rye or bourbon at this locally owned distillery? Rush Creek’s tasting room also features live music and events like trivia contests, so you can keep on winning.

Galena Cellars Vineyard & Winery

4746 N. Ford Road, Galena | (815) 777-3235
111 N. Main St., Galena | (815) 777-3330, galenacellars.com

Advance your token to this Galena favorite that has been producing and selling award-winning wine for three generations. In the warmer months, the vineyard offers live music, a stroll through the vines and tastings on site. The winery, located in downtown Galena, serves wine tastings, wine-infused cocktails and tasty small dishes year-round.

Crystal Lake Brewing

150 N. Main St., Crystal Lake | (779) 220-9288, crystallakebrew.com

What’s the hurry? Miss a turn or two while you chill in the spacious tap room of this brewery. Have a couple of locally made brews, play a little shuffleboard and take part in some of CLB’s events, like vinyl night, trivia nights and dart tournaments. Hungry? There are food trucks here every Friday. Why even finish the game? Just stay here and relax.

Blaum Bros. Distilling Co.

9880 U.S. Rt. 20 W., Galena | (815) 777-1000, blaumbros.com

Miss a turn to call your brother, sister, mom or dad. Family is important. Just look at the Blaum brothers, Matt and Mike, who founded their own distillery and use a nearby farm to grow grain for their distinct varieties of bourbon, rye, vodka and gin. Call someone you love. Take them to Blaum Bros.’ tap room. Family is more valuable than a silly old game anyway.

Acquaviva Winery & Ristorante

47W614 Ill. Rt. 38, Maple Park | (630) 365-0333
1900 Mill St., Batavia | (630) 761-1010, acquavivawinery.com

Go to Acquaviva. Go directly to Acquaviva. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. But do collect this winery’s 17 distinct award-winning wines that are lovingly made on Acquaviva’s 85-acre vineyard. And while you’re at it, treat yourself to the authentic taste of southern Italy in the winery’s two restaurants.

The Lone Buffalo by Tangled Roots Brewing Co.

812 LaSalle St., Ottawa | (815) 324-9686, thelonebuffalo.com

Take an extra turn off Ill. Rt. 80 and visit Ottawa, the home of Tangled Roots Brewing Co. Tangled Roots has restaurants in Lockport, Glenview and DeKalb as well, but The Lone Buffalo is the original craft brewery for a brand whose farm-to-foam beer is made with hops and barley grown just down the road.

Two Brothers Roundhouse

205 N. Broadway, Aurora | (630) 264-2739, twobrothersbrewing.com

Take a few extra turns around this supper club, restaurant, music venue and event space that is housed in the oldest roundhouse in the country. Brothers Jim and Jason Ebel have been brewing craft beer for more than 25 years and produce artisan spirits like rum, liquers, vodkas and gins. Have a drink in the Zephyr Room, which features a bar built for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

Stockholm’s Restaurant & Brewery

306 W. State St., Geneva | (630) 208-7070, stockholmsbrewpub.com

Don’t roll the dice. Just visit this restaurant and microbrewery. With 18 delicious microbrews to choose from and a huge menu of lovingly prepared food, there’s a reason Stockholm’s is a local favorite in Geneva’s historic downtown. No matter what you order, you win.

Wild Onion Brewery & Banquets

22221 N. Pepper Road, Lake Barrington | (847) 381-7308, onionbrewery.com

You’re almost at the finish line! Celebrate by visiting this family-owned brewery that has been on the scene since 1996. Bask in the warmth of the huge fireplace in Wild Onion’s pub as you enjoy hearty pub grub and delicious craft brews. Congratulations! You’ve won!