Attention all beer enthusiasts! Cheers to Chicago’s booming craft beer scene at the city’s packed calendar of beer fests. Sample craft beers — from IPAs to hard ciders and beyond — made by local, national, and international breweries at Chicago beer festivals and events scheduled all year long.

Explore Chicago’s beer festival calendar and start planning your year of beer.

Spring and summer beer festivals in Chicago

Chicago Mayfest
Raise your glass under the big top tent! Right at the start of the season, this celebration kicks off Chicago’s summer festivals. The local-favorite fest takes place in the Lakeview neighborhood with live music, German food and drink, and an outdoor beer garden.

Illinois Craft Beer Week
Join the annual celebration of Illinois craft beer with tap takeovers, tastings of rare beers, food, and beer pairings, and loads of other special events. The main event is Beer Under Glass, a tasting fest at a unique Chicago location.

Maifest Chicago
The Lincoln Square neighborhood has been hosting this four-day festival for more than 20 years, with a hearty dose of German beer, food, live bands, a traditional maypole — and a lot of lederhosen.

Craft Brews at the Zoo
Savor specialty brews from local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind event. Beer-tasting stations will be set up throughout the Lincoln Park Zoo‘s beautiful grounds during this after-hours experience just for adults. Plus, enjoy food for purchase, DJs spinning, lawn games, and unique after-dark zoo viewing.

Chicago Friday Night Flights
Chicago Friday Night Flights is back with a dynamic series of summer tastings, highlighting the city’s vibrant array of neighborhood taprooms and brewpubs. Plus, enjoy live music and food from local vendors throughout the evening. 

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum
Drink craft beers among the trees at The Morton Arboretum’s outdoor festival, which pairs live music and serene surroundings with beer tastings from dozens of local producers. Located in nearby Lisle, this nature haven is a living plant museum. Bring a chair or blanket to kick back on the grass while enjoying local brews from your souvenir tasting glass. 

Ravenswood on Tap
Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood is one of the hottest craft brewing communities in the country.  Sample the best of this beer-centric neighborhood during Ravenswood on Tap, a two-day tasting that includes food trucks, a killer lineup of live music, and handmade goods from local artisans.

Horner Brew Fest
Fill up on hours of craft beer and live music on a warm summer night in Chicago’s beautiful riverfront Horner Park. Local food trucks will line the park, and live music will play throughout the evening. 

Square Roots Festival
The Square Roots Festival is a popular craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. Enjoy 50 local craft brews (including special batch and limited release taps), stellar local cuisine, and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can offer.

Fall and winter beer festivals in Chicago

Friends at Oktoberfest Chicago
Oktoberfest Chicago; photo courtesy Special Events Management

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest
Toast to German culture at this annual Oktoberfest. Try authentic German food and traditional drinks, dance to the music of German bands, and spend the evening with friends enjoying fall in Chicago. 

312 Block Party at Goose Island Beer Co.
The block party at Goose Island’s Fulton Street Brewery will be packed with more beer, food, and live music than ever before! Start with the brews, including fave Goose Island brews 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Green Line IPA, and specialty pours of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Then check out the local eats and live bands playing late into the night.  

Revolution Oktoberfest 
A two-day fest outside Revolution’s Logan Square taproom? Sign us up! Beer, brats, and brats combine to make this a can’t-miss event for fans of Revolution’s iconic brews.

Oktoberfest Chicago 
St. Alphonsus hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration! The three-day family-friendly festival is located inside and outside the church on the streets of the Lakeview neighborhood, with craft beer tastings, live music, local food vendors, and family-friendly activities each day.

The two-day, annual Oktoberfestiversary is brought to you by two of Chicago’s most beloved microbrewers. Dovetail and Begyle, two neighboring breweries in Ravenswood, join forces to celebrate the neighborhood, season, and beer. Entertainment, food trucks, and lots of beer are on the agenda. 

Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers 
Insiders know it as FoBAB — and they know this is the hottest ticket if you want to enjoy the most exclusive beers out there. This is the country’s largest celebration of wood and barrel-aged beers, featuring over 160 breweries pouring their rarest brews that bring craft beer fans to Chicago this year.

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo
Explore Chicago’s historic zoo with a craft brew in hand, while more than 2.5 million lights illuminate the zoo grounds. Make your way through local craft, seasonal, and imported beers, located at stations throughout the zoo, while exploring animal exhibits and holiday activations.

Christmas and Winter Beer Tasting 
The annual rendition of this festive festival claims to be the most comprehensive tasting of Christmas and winter beers held anywhere in North America. There will be over 100 beers to sample from all over the globe at this beloved Lincoln Park bar. 

Winter Brew
Stay warm while drinking a cold one. This event brings the street festival scene indoors for the winter. Local breweries and cideries set up in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. Each will showcase up to two of their brews, including rare and specialty options.

The Chicago Beer Festival 
Dinosaur bones and craft brews? Why not?! Domestic and international breweries will be sampling their spring seasonal beers in the sprawling main hall of the Field Museum. And after you have your sips, go exploring as select museum exhibits will be open to attendees. Don’t forget to say hi to SUEthe most complete T. rex ever discovered.

Looking for more? Explore beer tastings and festivals in Chicago this month.