Perhaps most intriguing about Half Day is its name, which provokes more interest and debate than any other place name in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.

Contrary to popular theory, the town of Half Day was not named because it was a half day’s journey from Chicago. The town’s true name was Halfday in honor of a friendly chief.

Chief Aptakisic (Aphis), of the Potawatomie tribe was a Native American leader of great standing in this area in the early 1800’s. The friendly tribes of Potawatomie Indians were the first settlers to arrive in 1730 in what is now known as Lincolnshire.

The Chief was instrumental in negotiating the Treaty of Chicago in 1833, and in 1832, during the Black Hawk War; Aptakisic protected the settlers in Downer’s Grove from an impending attack.

When the first non-native Americans settlers began to move into the area, Chief Aptakisic and his tribe helped Daniel Wright construct a log cabin along the Des Plaines river – the first home built in Lake County.

The name Aptakisic, also spelled Optageshic or Aptegizhek  – translated means:

  • Center of sky
  • Sun at its meridian
  • half day

Both Daniel Wright and Henry Blodgett who knew Aptakisic, documented that he was “known as Half Day.” Wright went on to say that the village took its name from Chief Aptakisic.

An early cartographer spelled it Half Day, adding the “y” to Chief Half Da, when writing about him – and so it remained.

The historic town of Half Day claims many firsts in the annals of Lake County history—the first post office (1836), the first school (1836) and the county’s first non-native settler.

In 1955 a subdivision called Lincolnshire was recorded in Waukegan, the County seat for Lake County. It marked the beginning of the Village of Lincolnshire.  Both the village of Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills later claimed the land known as unincorporated Half Day.

Half Day Brewing has the perfect space just for you! Sit in our brewpub and enjoy a cold beer brewed just feet away! Watch your favorite game on one of our many flat screens. Sit at the bar, or any of the surrounding tables. When the weather permits, enjoy a nice breeze from our large open garage doors connecting to the patio. Want to enjoy the sun? Sit at any of our outdoor tables! Sit by one of our outdoor fire pits or up at our outdoor bar! Looking to dine inside? Have a seat at one of our booths or tables, by our large windows or the warm fireplace.

Looking to book an event? We can accommodate any party large or small! We have a private room or space just for you! Come visit Half Day Brewing today and see for yourself why we are the meeting place!


  • Nice food, very cozy, managers are awesome . Highly recommend it for corporate parties and family outings.

    Julie N

  • This place is great! The cheese curds are delicious and wonderfully gooey. I had the 5 cheese oven fired pasta and pizza. I really liked their Chieftain IPA and their Iron Horse Porter. My husband and I will be back for more!

    Bridget H

  • One of my favorite places. May be my #1 favorite. Wings are supreme. Beer selection is crazy good. Their beers are good, big range from light to dark.

    Brian O

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