The new facility will open this summer. It will be in Chicago's West Loop neighborhood. This is Guinness' second brewing facility and taproom in the United States, the first of which is the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore, Md.
"Guinness has a long history of hospitality, communion and bringing people together from all walks of life, and that fits so well with the spirit of Chicago," said Rodney Williams, president, Diageo Beer Company. "This is a great moment in time for Guinness in America, and we can't wait to tap into all the different flavors and variety of heritages represented in this great city."
The brewery's name takes inspiration from the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Dublin – the brand's original location, where it has innovated and experimented in beer for more than a century. And since the first barrels of its famous Extra Stout rolled into the Windy City in 1910, Guinness' story has also been a part of Chicago's rich history.
The Open Gate Brewery Chicago is committed to working with diverse business owners, leading in energy and environmental design, and empowering the next generation of hospitality professionals. The brewery will feature solar panel arrays and will pursue Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Platinum certification for the site. The brewery is also strengthening an existing relationship with Open Water, a Chicago-based bottled water company committed to reducing single-use plastic and carbon emissions. The company's products have been featured at the OGB Baltimore for the last several years.
The OGB Chicago also plans to work with Chicago-based coffee company Intelligentsia on developing and implementing its coffee program and will continue its partnership with Baltimore's Cane Collective on the development of both beer cocktails and non-alcoholic cocktails.
Additionally, Guinness will bring parent company Diageo's Learning Skills for Life program to Chicago. The program, which provides unemployed and underemployed individuals with free hospitality and employability skills training, is currently running in five locations across North America, and will launch in Chicago this spring.