Wild Onion Brewing Company

Established in 1997, Wild Onion Brewing Company is one of Chicagoland’s early craft brewing pioneers.

We brew a wide variety of both year-round ales and lagers, along with an ever-changing lineup of seasonals. Sample our brews at one of our two pubs in Lake Barrington and Oak Park.

Since firing up our first batch of Paddy Pale Ale back in 1996, the Wild Onion Brewery has strived to brew the best damn beer you’ll ever drink. We have been in a perpetual state of expansion, it seems, and just finished the crown jewel of our production facility with a new 50 barrel brew house, housed in a 5,000 sq. ft. addition. Our existing 17 barrel brewery will allow us to brew inspirational “one-offs” and other R&D for new styles, while the new brewhouse will help us keep up with the demand from our growing customer base.

Wild Onion Our beers are packaged in both 12 oz. cans and bottles and are now distributed throughout Chicagoland, New Jersey, and Missouri.

The Onion Pub & Brewery

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 sq. ft. 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.

The Pub and brewery are located on a 20-acre site that was originally used as a gravel quarry during the 1950s 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.

We look forward to your visit. Cheers!

Wild Onion Tied House

A Tied House is a satellite pub that is “tied” to a central brewery. Tying pubs to a central brewery is an old English tradition, and is also a colorful part of pre-prohibition Chicago.

The Wild Onion Tied House here in Oak Park is “tied” to our Wild Onion Brewery located in Lake Barrington, Illinois. Both are owned and operated by the Kainz family who have a strong history of beer brewing experience going back to Prohibition.

Our guests can expect an evolving list of seasonal specialties, along with daily and weekly specials, meticulously crafted by our talented chefs.

At its core, the Tied House menu embraces the fusion of classical cooking techniques with new taste and flavor combinations that ignite and challenge the palate.We aim to honor this concept by constantly “pushing the envelope” with made-from-scratch dishes that incorporate our handcrafted ales and lagers. We’ve also put a smoker at the heart of our kitchen, giving a unique and earthy hint to several of our protein and vegetable dishes.

Wild Onion Brewing Company is an independent craft brewer.

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Onion Pub & Brewery

  • 22221 N Pepper Rd
  • Lake Barrington, IL 60010-2473
  • United States
  • (847) 381-7308

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Wild Onion Tied House

  • 1111 South Blvd
  • Oak Park, IL 60302
  • United States
  • (708) 628-3553

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