About The Onion Pub & Brewery

Our History

The Onion Pub began as the Wild Onion Brewing Company in 1996 with the simple goal of brewing the finest beer available to local beer drinkers. Our original brewery was located two blocks away and was pieced together with used dairy tanks in a small warehouse. As we grew our keg and bottle sales throughout Chicagoland, we began to dream of building a taproom and pub on this site. That dream became reality when the Onion Pub opened it’s doors to the public in 2003.

Our goal is simple: to provide a quality dining and beer-drinking experience in a space that inspires. We brew our ales and lagers in a 11,000 square-foot brewery, cellar, and packaging complex, directly below the bar. You are guaranteed only the freshest beer. Our foods are created with the same commitment to freshness and quality, using as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The timberframe is built from recycled timbers that pre-date the American Revolution, while our building is perched on a restored gravel quarry that holds water for the local watershed. When you visit the Onion, we invite you to take a look at our three banquet rooms that can accommodate up to 250 guests.

We look forward to your visit – Cheers!


Our Green Initiative

A Fully Restored a 20-Acre Site

The Pub and brewery are located on a 20-acre site that was originally used as a gravel quarry during the 1950’s and sixties.  When we purchased the property in 2000, the back 2 acres had become a garbage dump, and the entire quarry (11 acres) had been scarred by a failed attempt to create a scuba diving site.  The sand and gravel banks were covered in green astroturf with no vegetation, and the lake bottom was littered with a liner covered by tires and concrete.  In essence, the site was dead and lifeless, scarred with fifty years of human impact.

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