Guide to Chicago’s Beer Festivals

Christmas & Winter Beer Tasting

This is the most comprehensive tasting of Christmas and Winter beers held anywhere in North America. There will be 100+ beers available to sample from all over the globe – many brands in multiple vintages.

Chicago Ale Fest – summer Edition

For the first time, the Chicago Ale Fest – Summer Edition will take place inside the Sheffield Street Festival. Join us on July 18th in the Lincoln Park/DePaul neighborhood to enjoy afternoon tastings from more than 100 craft beers.

Winter Brew

Each winter the LSRCC takes the Chicago street festival scene indoors with Winter Brew! On Saturday, January 25, local breweries and cideries from around Chicago will be setting up shop in the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center’s 5th floor Ballroom and 6th floor Skyline Lounge. Each will showcase up to two different craft beers or ciders, and rare, specialty tappings throughout the day.

The Chicago Beer Festival

The Chicago Beer Festival will take over the Field Museum on March 14th, from 7pm to 11pm. The event will feature over 60 breweries, sampling their spring seasonal beers, plus music, food, and a select number of the museum’s exhibits open to attendees.

Chicago Beer Classic

The Chicago Beer Classic is ever committed to our mission to create unique experiences outside the ordinary.


Chicago’s Mayfest is the annual kick-off event for our summer festival season. This event is known for showcasing some of the best music, entertainment, and festival food in all of Chicago. What could be better? Come out and celebrate summer, rain or shine!

Illinois Craft Beer Week

Illinois Craft Beer Week (ICBW) is a celebration of Illinois beer unlike any other! Taking over the state every year, ICBW brings together craft breweries, bars, restaurants, retailers and YOU – our craft beer fans – to celebrate the people who brew Illinois beer, drink Illinois beer and support Illinois beer!


German and American food and beer are available for purchase.

Craft Brews at the Zoo

Savor a selection of more than 150 craft beers at the sixth annual beer festival, Craft Brews, hosted by Lincoln Park Zoo and Lou Dog Events!

Craft Beer Festival

Toast to the trees with our sixth-annual Craft Beer Festival. Sip on local favorites while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of The Morton Arboretum.


This two-day outdoor event features local brews, special tappings, KOVAL Distillery cocktails, some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants and food trucks, a killer lineup of live music, and handmade goods from local artists and vendors.

HORNER FEST Craft Brew Festival

Two days of fun in Chicago’s beautiful Horner Park

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

German Hospitality in Two Large Tents
Good Food, Beer and Wine.


Chicago Friday Night Flights is a series of tasting events that showcases Chicago’s dynamic craft brewing scene. Each event offers a sampling of 2-3 styles from a wide spectrum of breweries from across the city, along with an opportunity to interact with top brewers and beer enthusiasts in a casual, fun setting.

ChiSox Craft Beer Fest

Sample beers from more than 40 local breweries throughout the outfield concourse while enjoying food, games, and live entertainment.


Chicago’s original craft beer festival returns on Saturday, October 24th to the Great Hall at Union Station with 100+ craft beers, Chicago’s favorite food trucks, helicopter rides, a DJ spinning all your favorite hits, a beer bicycle, a live photo booth and much more.

Beer Culture Summit

Beer lovers are thirsty for more than just ales, lagers and imperial stouts.

Festival of Wood & Barrel-Aged Beer

Wood Barrels. Celebrated Styles. Aged to Perfection. This is FoBAB 2020.North America’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival and competition returns to Chicago

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