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.

Chicago Craft Beer Week and FoBAB are two that beer enthusiasts always mark their calendars for, but you can also stroll through the streets with a cup in hand at the Chicago Craft Beer Festival or experience the epic stadium views of Soldier Field at the Chicago Beer Classic. To escape the cold weather, there are many indoor beer festivals during the fall and winter months, including Oktoberfest gatherings.

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Chicago Beer Festivals: Friday Night Flights


Chicago Beer Classic 

May 5
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 18-20
Ashland @ Barry
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

Chicago Craft Beer Week

Dates to be announced
Various Locations

Join the 9th annual Chicago celebration of craft beer, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week. Hundreds of venues participate in CCBW, with tastings of rare beers, plus food and beer pairings and special events.


May 31
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 

Dates to be announced
Navy Pier

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


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Chicago Friday Night Flights 

Dates to be announced
Various Locations

Chicago Friday Night Flights, produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild in partnership with Choose Chicago, will highlight the best of Chicago’s craft beer scene through a bi-monthly tasting event showcasing neighborhood breweries.

Ravenswood on Tap 

Dates to be announced
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. 

HornerFest Craft Brew Festival 

July 13-14
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 from 7:30-9:30.

Chicago Ale Fest 

June 1-2
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. 

Craft Brews at the Zoo 

June 15-16
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.

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum 

June 23
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.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival

July 21-22
Wester & 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.

Tour de Fat

Dates to be announced
Northerly Island

A celebration of all things beer and bicycles. The New Belgium Brewery event travels to multiple cities but has busted out of its former Chicago location in Palmer Square to take over Northerly Island. In its new lakefront home, expect to see all the same carnival-themed fun: circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs.

Oak Park Microbrew Review

August 18
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.


FALL 2017

Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

September 7-9
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

Dates to be announced
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, Baderbrau and Moody Tongue.

312 Block Party at Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery

Dates to be announced
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.


Dates to be announced
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.

Revolution Oktoberfest

Dates to be announced
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

Dates to be announced
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.

Fulton Market Harvest Fest

September 14-16
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.

Chicago Bacon & Beer Classic

Dates to be announced
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.

Harvest HopDown Beer Fest

Dates to be announced
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.

Rocktober Beerfest

Dates to be announced
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."


October 13

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!

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers

Dates to be announced
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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WINTER 2018-19

BrewLights at Lincoln Park Zoo

Dates to be announced
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. 

Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition

Dates to be announced
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

Dates to be announced
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

Dates to be announced
3514 N Halsted

Coming back for its 5th year in 2018, Frost Fest is the Northalsted Winter Warm-up! 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.


Dates to be announced
Location to be announced

Organizers proudly claim that "beer is a drink that helped found America." For those that agree, get a taste of history and celebrate its future at the annual Brewhaha beer event. Fill up at one of two tasting sessions, where admission gets you a commemorative tasting glass and access to 60+ brews.

The Chicago Beer Festival

Dates to be announced
Location to be announced

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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