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CHICAGO BEER FESTIVALS & EVENTS

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

SPRING 2018

Chicago Beer Classic 

May 5, 2018
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.

Mayfest

May 18-20, 2018
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

May 18-25, 2018
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.

Maifest

May 31, 2018
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 

Select Sundays, May 20 - September 9, 2018
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.

 

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SUMMER 2018

Chicago Ale Fest 

June 1-2, 2018
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 2-3, 2018
Downtown Hyde Park

The 5th 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 15-16, 2018
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.

Chicago Friday Night Flights 

June 15-September 14, 2018
Various Locations

Chicago Friday Night Flights is back with a dynamic lineup 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).

Craft Beer Festival at The Morton Arboretum 

June 23, 2018
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 

June 23-24, 2018
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

June 30, 2018
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 

July 13-14, 2018
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.

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival

July 13-15, 2018
4400 – 4560 N Lincoln Avenue (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

July 21-22, 2018
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

July 22, 2018
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

August 18, 2018
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 2018

Chicago Bacon and Beer Classic

Craft Beer Night with the Chicago White Sox

September 9, 2018
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.

Fulton Market Harvest Fest

September 14-16, 2018
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.

312 Block Party at Goose Island Fulton Street Brewery

September 21-22, 2018
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

September 28-29, 2018
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

September 28-30, 2018
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.

Harvest HopDown Beer Fest

October 5, 2018
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

October 6, 2018
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.

Oktoberfestiversary

October 6-7, 2018
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

November 16-17, 2018
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.

 

BrewLights Presented By Louis Glunz Beer

WINTER 2018-19

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. 

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. 

The Chicago Beer Festival

March 9, 2019
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.

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


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.

Windy City BREWHAHA

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.

2019

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.

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."

BeerHoptacular

September 29, 2019
Vertiport


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!

 

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