Guide to Chicago Beer Festivals 2013

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Photo Courtesy of Ale SyndicateChicago is a fantastic place for craft beer connoisseurs to call home. With so many beer festivals going down this year, drinkers will have plenty of opportunities to taste the finest beers from around the country. Newcomers in 2013 are American Beer Classic, Wicker Park-Bucktown TAP and Logan Square Beer Fest.

Here are the beer festivals taking place the rest of the year. Did we miss any? Send us an email at lookytastychicago(at)!

Wicker Park Bucktown TAP (May 4)
Wicker Park-Bucktown Chamber of Commerce’s inaugural TAP beer tasting event goes down at Dolphin where 19 local bars and restaurants will assemble under one roof to showcase their specialty beers. Tickets are $35

American Beer Classic (May 11)
From the folks who brought you “Warrior Dash,” The American Beer Classic is setting its sight high, jumping out of the gate with a festival held on the grass of Soldier Field. Over 100 breweries will be pouring samples. Tickets are $55-70.

West Loop Craft Beer Fest (May 25)
This outdoor block party is a new neighborhood beer festival coming courtesy of Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Chicago French Market and the Fulton River District Association. Tickets are $42.39/$68.27.

Chicago Craft Beer Week (May 16 – May 26)
Presented by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, Chicago Craft Beer Week is 11 days of special events, tap-takeovers, dinners and drink deals at restaurants and bars around the city. To keep track of what’s going on, check out the complete schedule.

Beer Under Glass (May 16)
Already sold out, this intimate beer festival invites drinkers to sip beer and take a stroll inside the Garfield Park Conservatory. Beer Under Glass helps kick off Chicago Craft Beer Week and I recommend keeping an eye out for this one next year.

Chicago Craft Beer Festival (June 21-23)
The Chicago Craft Beer Festival returns for three days at St. Michael in Old Town parish. Over 75 different beers to taste at last year’s inaugural event at the historic church. Organizers describe the Chicago Craft Beer Festival as having “the flair of an authentic Belgian beer fest.” Tasting tickets are $35 for 20 tickets.

Wheaton Ale Fest (August 3)
About 25 miles away from Chicago, Wheaton Ale Fest packs 2,000 festival-goers with samples from over 125 brews. Location and additional information on this year’s event is to be announced.

Festiv-Ale (September 20)
Presented by The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Greater Chicago Chapter, Festiv-Ale focuses on Midwest craft beers and raises money to fight the Cystic Fibrosis genetic disease. The event to be held at Carmichael’s Steak House in West Loop features live music, silent auctions and raffles. Tickets are $65.

Logan Square Beer Festival (September 21)
One of several new beer festivals popping up this year, Logan Square Beer Fest plans to stand out by asking each brewery to bring a special beer, whether it be cask-conditioned, barrel-aged or a collaboration. Happening at the Logan Square Auditorium, the craft beer festival will feature around 20 different breweries and 40 different beers, organizers estimate. 

Chicago Beer Festival (Date TBA)
The Chicago Beer Festival is a pretty neat one for the fact that it’s held at Union Station. In its second year, a Spring edition was held in March and they will likely return sometime in October for a fall installment. Tickets for the March event were $40.

Beer Hoptacular! (Date TBA)
The Beer Hoptacular expanded last year with a move to the Riverfront Theater to accomodate more attendees. This November festival is a favorite especially for homebrewers.



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