Guinness Open Gate Brewery Reveals Potential Opening Date

Rendering of 375 N Morgan Street by Guinness

An updated opening timeline has been announced for the upcoming Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago at 375 N Morgan Street in Fulton Market. Earlier this week Eater Chicago revealed the new location will open by the end of September, after originally aiming for a St. Patrick’s day opening. The outpost will be the second in the US for the beer-making giant after their first in Baltimore.

Rendering of new Guinness coffee shop and breakfast bar by Studio K and Whitney Architects

Construction has progressed on the structure which was once the terminal building for the Pennsylvania Railroad, with updated details on its offerings being revealed earlier this year. The 15,000-square-foot structure will be separated into different rooms, with one of the unique ones for the Chicago location being a new coffee shop serving Intelligentsia Coffee, breakfast sandwiches, and brown bread to go.

Rendering of new Guinness restaurant and bar by Studio K and Whitney Architects

Behind that will be the main dining room anchored by a large central bar with a custom harp-shaped chandelier above, made of wood with vining plants hanging off of it. The space itself will lean into the area’s industrial aesthetic with leather accents to contrast the metal and concrete. A large glass wall will also separate guests from the small brewing area on site, though it will be limited, the brewery will offer some Chicago-only pours.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery Chicago. Photo by Jack Crawford

Work on the site wasn’t without some controversy, as the brewery painted the entirety of the building black thus covering many popular murals. New outdoor seating areas and accessibility features were also built out. Chicago-based firms Studio K and Whitney Architects were behind the design while Clune Construction executed the work. The new opening date just falls into their previous summer 2023 announcement.

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1 Comment on "Guinness Open Gate Brewery Reveals Potential Opening Date"

  1. Completely underwhelming. The restaurant component looks like a high school cafeteria, while the coffee shop would not be out of place in a Prêt. How on earth did this take two years to complete?

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