Attention all beer enthusiasts! Get your frothy mustache on with an assortment of craft beers from local, national and international breweries at over 30 Chicago beer festivals and events scheduled throughout the year.

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

Chicago Beer Festivals: Friday Night Flights


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 Stadium, home of the Chicago Bears. Walk the tunnel onto the turf like a pro, then start sampling like the connoisseur you are. At this outdoor event, there are also games, concession stands (to supplement your custom pretzel necklace), education sessions, and the attendee favorite — the Most Valuable Brew competition. VIP ticket holders get a chance to take a stadium tour, while all can partake in the Chicago Beer Classic Tailgate, a new way to kick off each session. Tickets $45 – $75.


May 17 – 19, 2019
3100 N. Ashland

Raise your glass under the festive big top tent! Known as the original Mayfest, this celebration kicks off Chicago's summer festivals. The 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 tastings of rare beers, plus food and beer pairings and special events.


2019 TBD
N. Western Ave. & W. Leland Ave.

The Lincoln Square neighborhood hosts this four-day festival, celebrating German culture with beer, food, live bands, a traditional maypole—and a lot of lederhosen.

Mystic Blue Craft Brew Cruises 

2019 TBD
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 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 produced by 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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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). Check back for the full lineup of events.

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 all your sudsy dreams. Located in nearby suburban Lisle, this 1,700-acre nature haven will feature more than 40 breweries.

Ravenswood on Tap 

2019 TBD
Ravenswood & Berteau

With one of the hottest craft beverage scenes in Chicago, the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce hosts its 3rd Ravenswood on Tap, an outdoor festival showcasing the neighborhood's breweries and distillery. 

Tour de Fat

2019 TBD
Humboldt Park

A celebration of all things beer and bicycles. The New Belgium Brewery event travels to multiple cities — expect to see carnival-themed fun: circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs. 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 

2019 TBD
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

2019 TBD
4400 – 4560 N. Lincoln Ave. (from Wilson to Montrose)

The Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce (LSRCC) and Old Town School of Folk Music (OTSFM) present the 7th Annual Square Roots craft beer and music experience inChicago’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), fabulous cuisine and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can offer. 

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

2019 TBD
Western & Sheffield

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 Garden Walk, another neighborhood favorite.

Toast to Belgian Independence  - Navy Pier Beer Cruise

2019 TBD
Navy Pier

The 3rd Annual Toast to Belgian Independence craft beer cruise features 16 of the hottest small craft breweries from Belgium, while taking in incredible views of the Chicago skyline aboard the Mystic Blue.

Oak Park Microbrew Review

2019 TBD
Downtown Oak Park

Enjoy your beer while being uber eco-friendly. 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 11th annual edition features over 70 craft brewers and 200 craft beers, plus food tastings from local organic farmers.

Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic


Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

September 6 – 8, 2019
From Irving Park Rd, north to Eastwood, west to Western, north to Lawrence

Try authentic German food and traditional drinks. Dance to the music of German bands and spend the evening with friends and enjoy a fabulous festival.

Craft Beer Night with the Chicago White Sox

2019 TBD
Solider Field

Get to the ballpark for Craft Beer Night. This exclusive ticket package includes a Lower Box game ticket and admission to the beer tasting. Sample up to 18 different 2 oz. beers and ciders from 30-plus breweries, including locals Alarmist  and Moody Tongue.

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 along with stages for music and cooking demonstrations. $30 presale with $20 in tickets and mug or $10 at the door.

Rocktober Beerfest

September 21 – 23, 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 3-day party with lots of "oompah."

312 Block Party at Goose Island Beer Co.

2019 TBD
Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery

The block party along 1800 W. Fulton Street will be packed with more beer, food and live music than ever before! Start with the brews... all beers are $3 (sizes vary) and will include fave Goose Island beers 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Grand Prestige, Brasserie Blanc and specialty pours of Bourbon County Brand Stout. On to the eats... vendors are Girl & the Goat, Beat Kitchen, Happy Lobster, Wow Bao with more to be named soon. And then on to the tunes... with a schedule that lists Animal Collective, The Record Company, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Filthy Friends (Feat. members Sleater Kinney, R.E.M. and The Minus Five), Joey Purp, Califone, The Drastics, Low Down Brass Band, and more.

Revolution Oktoberfest

2019 TBD
Revolution Brewing

A two-day fest outside the Milwaukee Avenue brewpub? Sign us up! Beer, food and music combine for the 7th 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.


September 28, 2019

Over 75 different breweries will be pouring out more than 150 unique American craft beers. This is one of the city's original craft beers fests, and after a brief hiatus, it's been coming back in a big way!

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 2018 Harvest HopDown winner! For the 6th annual event, 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 manly 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.


2019 TBD
Dovetail's Taproom

The two-day, third annual Oktoberfestiversary is a celebration of 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 you can score 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.

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BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

December 6, 2018
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 eight stations throughout the zoo. 

Christmas & Winter Beer Tasting

December 8, 2018

The 20th 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

February 2, 2019
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 pierogies will keep the crowds fed. Whats more, a DJ will be spinning an all-vinyl playlist. 

Winter Brew

Jan. 26, 2019
Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

It's a weekend for beer lovers: take your pick between two events in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood neighborhood. More details to come.

Frost Fest Craft Beer Festival

Feb. 23, 2019
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

March 9, 2019
Field Museum

SUE the famous T.rex and over 70 breweries? Why not?! Domestic and international breweries will be sampling their spring seasonal beers in the sprawling hall of The Field Museum for this year's event. Two sessions are available, one in the afternoon and one at night — two opportunities to join the fun! And after you have your sips, go exploring as select museum exhibits will be open to attendees.


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