Reyes Beverage Group has bought craft beer distributor Windy City for an undisclosed sum.

The Illinois-headquartered group said late last week the acquisition will add to its existing Chicago distribution network but it will remain an independent unit. Windy City president Bob Collins will stay at the helm alongside his existing management team, Reyes said. 

The deal is expected to close by the end of the year.

Windy City Distribution represents more than 40 craft breweries and artisan cider companies in Chicago and across eight counties in northern Illinois. 

“Windy City Distributing will be a new entity in our network focused solely on the craft beer market,” Reyes Beverage Group COO Ray Guerin said.

Reyes Beverage is a subsidiary of Reyes Holdings, which also operates distributor Chicago Beverage Systems. Chicago Beverage delivers eight million cases of beer each year across Chicago.

Chicago brewers have recently ramped up efforts to target craft beer drinkers. In October, US distributor Wirtz Beverage announced the release of its first offerings from a new craft beer portfolio.