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CHICAGO BEER FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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 local, national, and international breweries at over 30 Chicago beer festivals and events scheduled all year long.

Browse this beer festival calendar and explore Chicago's top breweries and taprooms.

Chicago Beer Festivals: Friday Night Flights

SPRING 

Chicago Beer Classic 

May 4, 2019
Soldier Field Stadium

Chicago's largest beer festival returns with 100 breweries and 50 unique brew samples at the one and only Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Walk through the tunnel and onto the turf like a pro, then start sampling like the beer connoisseur you are. This outdoor event also includes games, concession stands (to supplement your complimentary pretzel necklace), educational sessions, and the Most Valuable Brew competition. VIP ticket holders can take a stadium tour, kick back in the VIP seating area, and enjoy 12 extra samples and 30 additional minutes on the field. Tickets $69 – $89.

Mayfest

May 17 – 19, 2019
3100 N. Ashland

Raise your glass under the big top tent! Known as the original Mayfest, 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. Admission $10.

Illinois Craft Beer Week

May 10 – 17, 2019
Various Locations

Join the 10th annual celebration of Illinois craft beer, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week. Hundreds of venues participate, with tap takeovers, tastings of rare beers, food and beer pairings, and loads of other special events.

Maifest

May 30 – June 2, 2019 
North Western Avenue & West Leland Avenue

The Lincoln Square neighborhood hosts this four-day festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with a hearty dose of German beer, food, live bands, a traditional maypole — and a lot of lederhosen. 

Shoreline Craft Brew Cruises

Various dates
Navy Pier

Enjoy samples from some of the hottest craft breweries in Chicago while you snack on light bites, try onboard deck games, and take in awesome skyline views.

Chicago Ale Fest 

June 1, 2019
Butler Field, Grant Park

Located at Butler Field in historic Grant Park, the sprawling summer edition of Chicago Ale Fest features more than 200 beers from over 100 American craft breweries. The fest will also feature live music and food from some of Chicago's favorite restaurants. 

Hyde Park Brew Fest

June 1 – 2, 2019
Downtown Hyde Park

The annual Hyde Park Brew Fest brings you lots of great food and music, plus local vendors and family fun. The fest is free to enter, but if you'd like to sample beer and cider from over 50 different breweries, be sure to purchase sampling tickets.

Craft Brews at the Zoo 

June 14 – 15, 2019
Lincoln Park Zoo

Savor over 75 specialty brews from more than 35 local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind event. Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the zoo’s beautiful gardens during this after-hours experience just for adults. Plus, enjoy food for purchase, DJs spinning, lawn games, and unique after-dark zoo viewing.

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SUMMER

Chicago Friday Night Flights 

June – September, 2019
Various locations

Chicago Friday Night Flights is back with a dynamic series of summer tastings, highlighting the city’s status as an epicenter of the craft beer movement (we’re home to over 65 neighborhood breweries and counting). This year's season kicks off on May 31 at Gallagher Way in Wrigleyville.

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum 

June 22, 2019
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 suburban Lisle, this 1,700-acre 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 

June 22 – 23, 2019
Ravenswood & Berteau

Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood is one of the hottest craft brewing communities in the country. There you'll find big-name craft beer producers like Half Acre, smaller brewers like Begyle and Dovetail, and even craft distillery KOVAL. 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.

Tour de Fat

2019 TBD
Humboldt Park


A celebration of all things beer and bicycles. This New Belgium Brewery event travels to multiple cities — in Chicago, expect to see carnival-themed fun like circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, and comedians. Come celebrate self-propelled, two-wheel travel and dress up as your alter ego while raising money for your hometown cycling community.

HornerFest Craft Brew Festival 

July 19 – 20, 2019 
Horner Park
2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Fill up on four hours of craft beer and live music on a warm summer night in Lincoln Square's beautiful Horner Park. Local food trucks will line the park, and live music will play throughout the evening.

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival

July 12 – 14, 2019
4400 – 4560 N. Lincoln Ave. (from Wilson to Montrose)

This Square Roots Festival is a craft beer and music experience in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Square neighborhood. More than 30,000 fans attend Square Roots each year to 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. 

Sheffield Craft Beer Fest

July 21 – 22, 2019 
Sheffield and Webster


Showcasing specialty, seasonal and small-batch beers from local, regional and national craft brewers, ticketed afternoon tasting passes allow aficionados to sample more than 80 craft beers from over 40 brewers. This outdoor street party coincides with the Sheffield Music Festival & Garden Walk, another neighborhood favorite for more than 50 years.

Oak Park Microbrew Review

Aug. 17, 2019
Downtown Oak Park

Enjoy your beer while helping the plant. Neighboring Oak Park — the historic community 10 miles west of Chicago known for its Frank Lloyd Wright architecture — holds a sustainable microbrew festival each year. The 12th annual edition features over 70 craft brewers and 200 craft beers, plus food tastings from local organic farmers — all with zero waste.

Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic

Fall

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

Sept. 6 – 8, 2019
From Irving Park Road, north to Eastwood, west to Western, north to Lawrence

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.

Fulton Market Harvest Fest

2019 TBD
Fulton Market

Curated by two of Chicago's top chefs — Stephanie Izard (Girl & the Goat) and Paul Kahan (Publican) — this autumnal bash will bring together breweries (Bell's and Goose Island) and restaurants in one of the city's hottest culinary districts. Don't miss the stages with live music and cooking demonstrations. 

Rocktober Beerfest

Sept. 20 – 22, 2019
West Loop


German music, brats, and that beverage of choice (beer!) will all be on the menu for the return of the outdoor fest in the West Loop. Bring your best Oktoberfest outfit and get ready for a three-day party with lots of "oompah."

312 Block Party at Goose Island Beer Co.

2019 TBD
Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery


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: all beers are $3 and will include fave Goose Island brews 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Green Line IPA, Grand Prestige, Brasserie Blanc and specialty pours of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Then check out the local eats and live bands playing late into the night.

Revolution Oktoberfest

2019 TBD
Revolution Brewing


A two-day fest outside Revolution's Logan Square brewpub? Sign us up! Beer, food and music combine for the annual event, which includes DJ sets and after-parties along this nightlife corridor.

Oktoberfest Chicago

2019 TBD
Southport/Wellington/Lincoln Ave.

St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration! The three-day family-friendly festival will be located inside and outside the church on the streets of the Lakeview neighborhood, with craft beer tastings occurring Friday and Saturday night, and live music, local food vendors, and family-friendly activities each day.

BeerHoptacular

September 28, 2019
Vertiport


Over 75 different breweries will be pouring more than 150 unique American craft beers. This is one of the city's original craft beers fests, and has grown so large it's not held in an actual airport hanger. 

Harvest HopDown Beer Fest

2019 TBD
Millennium Park

Celebrate fall in Chicago at this great seasonal event at Millennium Park. Guests receive a complimentary tasting glass and a voting card to choose the Harvest HopDown winner! Tickets include unlimited seasonal beer tastings from over 25 breweries, beer bites, live music & more.

Chicago Bacon & Beer Classic

2019 TBD
Soldier Field


Only a mega-venue like historic football stadium Soldier Field could contain this epic combination: over 30 bacon-infused dishes and over 80 beers from Midwest breweries! Oh, and giant Jenga, a bungee run, and a bacon eating contest, too.

Oktoberfestiversary

2019 TBD
Dovetail's Taproom


The two-day, annual Oktoberfestiversary is brought to you by two of Chicago's most beloved micro brewers. Dovetail and Begyle, two neighboring breweries in Irving Park, join forces to celebrate the neighborhood, season, and beer. Held outside Dovetail’s taproom, entertainment, food trucks, and dog-friendly fun are on the agenda.

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers

2019 TBD
UIC Forum
725 W Roosevelt Rd


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 90 breweries and 300 individual beers that will be pouring at tables spread within an expanded 23,000 square foot space.

BrewLights Presented By Louis Glunz Beer

WINTER 

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

2019 TBD
Lincoln Park Zoo

Support Chicago’s free zoo with a craft brew in hand, while more than 2.5 million lights illuminate the zoo grounds. Make your way through 12 local craft, seasonal, and import beers, located at stations throughout the zoo. 

Christmas & Winter Beer Tasting

2019 TBD
Delilah's

The 21st annual rendition of this annual 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.

Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition

2020 TBD
Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom


Celebrate American craft beer in the heart of Chicago. The massive ballroom at Navy Pier plays host to more than 150 brews (and ciders too), while a lineup of local food trucks serving everything from fried chicken to pierogis will keep the crowds fed. Plus, a DJ will be spinning an all-vinyl playlist. 

Winter Brew

2020 TBD
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood


Stay warm while drinking a cold one. This event brings the street festival scene indoors for the winter. Local breweries and cideries set up shop inside the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Each will showcase up to two of their brews, including rare and specialty options. 

Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival

2020 TBD
3514 N Halsted


This one-day, two-session winter party is the cure for everyone's cabin fever. Frost Fest boasts Lakeview's largest craft beer festival, featuring 50 local brewers serving their most famous craft beers in a 5,000 square foot — heated, of course — outdoor tent. Attendees can sample up to 15 beers at one of two tasting sessions.

The Chicago Beer Festival

2020 TBD
Field Museum


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 for this year's event. Two sessions are available, one in the afternoon and one at night. 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.

 

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