Motor Row Brewing began its journey in a college duplex in Rutland Vermont where head brewer Frank Lassandrello and his roommate began home brewing as a means to access quality beer and meet girls. It continued as Frank learned the craft and mastered new skills working at Otter Creek Brewing in Middlebury, Vermont, Lake Front Brewing in Milwaukee, and at the starting place of most of Chicago’s craft industry, Goose Island Brewing.
After falling in love with Motor Row neighborhood and purchasing the current brewery location in 2007, Bob Lassandrello decided to partner up with his son Frank, and build a world class brewing facility in a world class neighborhood. Their philosophy is simple: brew a high quality, drinkable selection of lagers and ales, access the finest ingredients as locally as possible, and invite the city of Chicago and beyond to discover what they already knew. ..Frank brews damn good beers, and Motor Row is a fascinating place to enjoy them.
Chicago’s Motor Row neighborhood is recognized by the city of Chicago as an official Historic Landmark District. During the first part of the 20th century over 100 automobile manufacturers and dealers established dealerships on Michigan Ave. between 14th and 24th Streets including Hudson, Marmon, Thomas Flyer, Cadillac, Premier, and F.I.A.T. Many significant buildings in a variety of styles remain in the once again thriving district known as Motor Row.
The owners of MRB left no stone unturned rehabbing this beautiful facility and in the process won a 2015 “Chicago Landmark Preservation Award.”
The neighborhood also was home to one of Chicago’s several “Record Rows,” including the studios of world famous Chess Records and its competitor VeeJay Records. The former Chess Records location now houses “Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation”, http://www.bluesheaven.com/ along with Motor Row Brewing it continues as anchor in the neighborhood.
With its proximity to Soldier Field, Chicago’s China town, McCormick Place, expressways and easy accessibility via public transportation, Motor Row Brewing invites you to come down and enjoy one of our excellent beers and learn more about us and our unique spot in the great city of Chicago.
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2337 S Michigan Ave,
Chicago, IL 60616