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Ravinia Brewing 2nd Taproom Opening in Historic Logan Square
Chicago, April 26, 2021 - Ravinia Brewing Company is thrilled to announce the opening of their Chicago Brewpub! This date represents a significant milestone for the team, as it comes nearly two years after they brewed the first batches of their Artisan Craft Beers in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Ravinia Brewing’s second taproom will officially open its doors on Friday, May 7, 2021, at 2601 W. Diversey Avenue, Chicago, IL.
Ravinia Brewing Company, which began distribution in 2017, was born out of the Ravinia District of Highland Park and opened their widely acclaimed Taproom + Taco Bar in the neighborhood in October of 2018. Ravinia’s uniqueness and branding stems from their 3 core pillars of “Community, Craft, and Creation” which lays the framework for the brand's identity and what they hope to bring to the Chicago community. "Community is the cornerstone of who we are," said Kris Walker, one of Ravinia Brewing’s owners. "The Highland Park, North Shore, and Chicago communities have been so great to us for the past couple of years. They have helped us build a sense of community and vibrancy around our beers that we can’t wait to carry through to our new home in Logan Square.”
If you’ve visited Ravinia’s Highland Park Taproom, you’ve surely experienced a magical environment with innovative craft beers and scratch Mexican street food. Guests will have full access to the delicious cuisine that originated in Highland Park, as well as new, specialty offerings created by Chef Juan Carlos Bueno. Juan Carlos comes to Ravinia Brewing with an extensive background in creating delicious, approachable food that pairs with beer, having previously opened Lagunitas’ Chicago Taproom. Juan Carlos is adding exceptional new food options including 2 breakout vegetarian tacos, exciting seafood options, and fried ice cream to tame anyone’s sweet tooth.
Ravinia Brewing is also pleased to welcome seasoned Chicago industry rockstars Eric Fritzsche and Gabriel Boden as their General Manager and Director of Restaurants. Gabriel spent 7 years as the general manager of Revolution’s Logan Square Brewpub, while Eric previously headed up heavyweights including Piece Brewery and Pizzeria and Utopian Tailgate. Together, they bring an incredible combination of expertise, creativity, and passion to their work - and to beer - and look forward to sharing that with the Chicago community. “I’m excited to be part of Ravinia’s expansion into this thriving area that is quickly becoming a destination for beer lovers. As someone who has recently moved out of the city and now lives just steps from Ravinia’s Highland Park Taproom, I can’t wait to bring the magic of Ravinia to Logan Square. I’m also excited to be working with such talented people. Raul (head brewer) has been putting out amazing beers, Juan Carlos is a creative and driven Chef, and Eric comes with a deep well of experience and a strong passion for hospitality.”
Ravinia Brewing Company will offer a dozen of their artisan craft beers on draft daily as well as innovative and limited-release offerings created throughout the year by their Head Brewer, Raul Heredia. On deck from the brewing team is the first release of their highly anticipated ‘Exploration Series’ - created to let the brewers get imaginative and produce fresh and unique flavors within emerging beer styles. “Casa de Guava is a Guava Berliner Weisse that boasts bright guava flavors that combine beautifully with the tart backbone of this fruity sour,” said Heredia. “The tangy flavors pair perfectly with Chef Juan Carlos’ specialty coconut curry shrimp tacos that are new to the Logan Square menu. The Chicago Brewpub offers a great opportunity to play off of the food menu and get more creative. I’m excited to push the limits and continue to offer new specialty beers that are different from anything anyone has had before from Ravinia!”
The Logan Square location will feature a creative floor plan - offering consumers a variety of dining options including window swings, intimate booths, and bar service. Ravinia Brewing also added retractable garage doors to the front of their building as a response to the Covid-19 Pandemic. “We felt that it was necessary to ensure customers felt safe and comfortable in our space at all times - both now and in the future. The last year has been incredibly eye-opening to all restaurateurs, and we’ve learned that there is no commitment that is more important to our business than the commitment to our customers,” said Walker. “While we’re optimistic and hopeful about the future, we wanted to guarantee that we made every effort possible to create a safe and enjoyable experience for our guests.”
The taproom will also have a family-friendly environment with whimsical experiences and a hidden beer garden that offers plenty of space for private events and secluded late night entertainment. With a private parking lot and ideal accessibility to public transit, Ravinia Brewing can easily welcome thirsty beer drinkers from throughout Chicagoland. Visitors should also note Ravinia Brewing’s impressive proximity to Maplewood Brewery and Metropolitan Brewing. The three taprooms create a brewery crawl experience in Logan that is unmatched in the city of Chicago - with award-winning beers, decadent cuisine, and unforgettable adventures. Liz Garibay, the Executive Director of The Chicago Brewseum, took a sneak peak at the new space and quickly identified the unbeatable opportunity in this new brewery pocket. “I'm thrilled about the increase of breweries in Logan Square/Avondale, the four breweries just north of 90/94 offer something for everyone - from beer styles to beer culture to tap room vibes. I know that the very walkable route of Ravinia, Maplewood, Metropolitan, and Revolution will be a frequent one for me!"
Ravinia Brewing Company will be open Monday through Thursday starting at 3:00 PM, at 11 AM for lunch on Fridays, and at 11 AM for brunch Saturday & Sunday, with plans to add lunch and carry-out service shortly thereafter. For more information, please visit
https://www.raviniabrewing.com/ or follow on Social Media @RaviniaBrewing.
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