Ginos East River North

Meet the Brewer

Take a look at what we asked him and what he’s cooking up for us in the future.


Gino’s Brewing Co. is located at our Gino’s East River North location at 500 N. LaSalle. Stop by for a pizza and one of our refreshing in-house brews.

Tell us about the new brewery in the Gino’s East River North location – Gino’s Brewing Co.?

Gino’s Brewing Co. resides in the Gino’s East River North location where we are exclusively brewing and pouring our hand crafted ales and lagers. We are currently operating a 10 barrel DME combinations brewhouse. We have 4 primary fermentation vessels, and 5 serving vessels which, in conjunction with some kegging operations, allow us to fluctuate an offering 5-6 different beer styles.

Describe Chicago’s beer scene.

Chicago is seeing an exciting time in its craft beer culture. In reality, Chicago is in it’s infancy when it comes to the boom of new breweries, including our own, that are popping up all over town. It’s really only been within the last 5-10 years or so that the market has really exploded; and that’s relatively short when compared to, say for instance, the west coast where some have been at it for up to 30+ years.

What makes your beer different than some of the other local Chicago beer on the scene?

I have a very traditional approach to brewing. I wish to attempt to replicate staple beer styles to the best of my ability. I feel that many brewers tend to push the envelope with how many odd ball ingredients they can cram into a beer that is 15% ABV. While there is very much a place for that in the American craft market, and I am always interested in an opportunity to taste such creations, it is not how I should be servicing my drinkers. We are but a humble brew pub. I wish for my clientele to sit down and enjoy a few sessionalbe pints, with our legendary Chicago Deep Dish Pizza, instead of having a sip of the latest trend and moving on.

Describe the 4 beers you have brewing right now (and there’s a seasonal rotation)?

Our 4 staple flagships are:
LaSalle St Lager: German Helles
Witte Chicks Dig Me: Belgian Witte
Broken English: English IPA
Great Bam-Gino: Black Rye IPA

Our seasonal offerings currently are:
GPA (Gino’s Pale Ale): Belgian Pale Ale
The Killareny Connection:Foreign Export Stout

Now that things are flowing, what are the plans for your Beer Dinners and Beer Club?

We are currently offering memberships to our Gino’s Brewing Co Beer Club. It is a wonderful program that is a steal of a deal.

With the $20 cost you receive:
-Membership for the calender year
-1 Growler with a fill of your favorite Gino’s Brewing Co beer under 8% ABV
-16oz pours for the cost of 10oz pour ( average savings about $2)
-Exclusive email invites to Gino’s Brewing Co events to keep you in the know

Our Beer Dinner are currently offered every other month, our next date being May 19th during Chicago Craft Beer Week. We do a 4-5 course dinner of non-menu items to pair with a 10oz pour of a the apporopirate Gino’s Brewing Co beer.

What are your plans for Chicago Craft Beer Week?

Currently our plans include offering a few of our selected brands at our two other locations in the city. Our Superior St location, and our South Loop location. We will also be doing the beer dinner as mentioned prior.
Other events are currently TBA


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The Comedy Bar at Gino’s East River North

Chicago’s Premier Entertainment Venue The Comedy Bar Now at Gino’s East River North’s Third Floor

The Comedy Bar

Grand Opening on Valentine’s Weekend on February 13 & 14 Features Chicago’s Stand Up Comedy Headliners Sean Flannery, Derick Lengwenus, Russell Williamson, Kevin Williams, Sean White and Ali Clayton.

CHICAGO (February 2015) – The Comedy Bar, formerly located at 157 W. Ontario, is now under new ownership and located at Gino’s East River North’s third floor in the historic building at 500 N. LaSalle Street.

The grand opening will take place on Valentine’s weekend, Friday, February 13 and Saturday, February 14, with showings at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person; or the grand opening Valentine’s package is $55 per couple, which includes two tickets, two glasses of Prosecco, and a dessert.

The star-studded grand opening headliners include: Sean Flannery, voted best stand-up comedian in Chicago in 2010 by the Chicago Reader; Chicago resident Derick Lengwenus, winner of the Audience Choice Award at the TBS Just For Laughs Festival; Russell Williamson, a New Jersey native who has made himself a household name in the Chicago comedy scene since moving here in 2005; Kevin Williams, who once served in the Army and United States Coast Guard where he won “The Funniest Person in the Military” Comedy Contest; Sean White, named one of the 2014 “Top 16 Chicago Comics” by Chicago magazine; and Ali Clayton, whose stand-up and solo characters have been featured in the Cape Fear Comedy Fest, Laugh Track Comedy Fest, Chicago Women’s Funny Fest and TBS Just For Laughs Chicago.

Located in the upbeat River North district, The Comedy Bar first opened in 2011 and still sets the bar for stand-up in the city. The original concept, still intact with the same booking and operations leadership, was to create a quality stand-up comedy venue in the heart of the city, easily accessible to tourists and locals, and with affordable ticket prices and no drink minimums. Its first booking was a Comics to Watch showcase presented by Comedy Central and the New York Comedy Festival. The Comedy Bar has been featured as one of Chicago magazine’s “Best Comedy Clubs in Chicago.”

“Deep dish pizza, craft beer and comedy are quintessential Chicago,” says Noah Himmel, Vice President and third generation of family owners of the legendary Gino’s East. “With The Comedy Bar now on the third floor of Gino’s East River North, and Gino’s Brewing Company now open, we are excited to offer all three Windy City staples under one roof.”

The venue is now housed on the spacious third floor at 500 N. LaSalle which features a performance stage; a full bar and Gino’s Brewing Company and craft beer menu; and signature Gino’s East River North appetizers including Deep Dish Nachos, Homemade Spinach Mozzarella Sticks, Jumbo Chicken Wings and more. Guests may enjoy deep dish pizza prior to or after the comedy shows on the first and second floor dining rooms. The space accommodates 160 guests and is great for private events, corporate- and tour- group outings.

For tickets and information, visit or call 312.836.0499. February shows are Thursdays at 8 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.; and in March 2015 will expand to:

Wednesdays at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.

Follow on Twitter: @TCBChicago and

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Bracket Days at Gino’s East River North

Bracket Days Specials

College basketball is ready for some madness, and at the Gino’s East River North location, we have everything you’ll need for Bracket Days from start to finish. Want slam dunk deals, great food and enough flat screen televisions to watch all the games at once? Gino’s East River North has you covered.

Gino's East River North Location

Our legendary pizza isn’t all we’re serving up between Selection Sunday and the Championship game in Arlington, Texas. Gino’s East River North is offering $4 Revolution Anti-Hero brews and a $4 app menu. Come in for some of our lime shrimp ceviche, jumbo chicken wings or Bavarian pretzel bites while you cheer on favorite teams.

Our top-seed predictionsceviche

Get your brackets in by March 20 and get ready to watch the first round of tournaments live in Dayton, Ohio at the newest Gino’s East, located at 500 N. LaSalle. Our brackets predict that undefeated Witchita State, Arizona and  Florida are all top contenders for seeded spots in our pool. Not far behind are Duke, Virginia and Villanova. But as we know, anything can happen during Bracket Days.

From upsets to action-packed games, don’t miss all that March basketball has to offer. Come in to Gino’s East River North and enjoy food, drinks and legendary deep dish pizza while the top contenders battle it out for the top spot in college basketball.


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