The Guinness Open Gate Brewry Hosts Grand Opening In Chicago

10/05/2023 by

It's happening, Chicago. For real this time. The highly anticipated Guinness Open Gate Brewery will officially open to the public on Thursday, September 28.

To commemorate the opening, this afternoon Guinness brewers, adorers, employees, and Chicagoans gathered for a celebratory ribbon-cutting at Guinness' newest home. Located at 901 West Kinzie St. in the vibrant West Loop neighborhood, the former rail depot consists of a brewery, taproom, restaurant, and bakery housed in a 15,000-square-foot newly transformed space. Chicago marks Guinness' very first bakery globally, and second brewery location in the U.S., with the Guinness Open Gate Brewery Baltimore having opened in 2018. This site will combine more than 260 years of brewing experience from Ireland, with cutting edge American brewing innovation, for a uniquely Chicago experience.

"This is an exciting step in the continuing evolution of the Guinness brand in America. It's been a long journey, but we are so thrilled to be opening our doors this week and to contribute to Chicago's world class food and beer scene," said Rodney Williams, President of Diageo Beer Company. "As a Chicago native, I can confidently share that we aim to celebrate and showcase this great city and make a positive impact in the community, all while serving great beer."

"I extend our warmest Illinois welcome to Guinness as they join the Chicago brewing family, continuing centuries of tradition right here in the heart of the West Loop," said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. "Guinness' commitment to community engagement and sustainability is admirable, and I'm pleased that both locals and visitors alike will have access to yet another unique cultural and culinary opportunity while in Chicago — a city with a proud history of both."