Chicago’s craft beer scene is AMAZING. There are over 175 Chicago-area breweries, which should tell you just how much Chicagoans love their beer. The Summer months are filled with beer events, giving you the opportunity to try several different brews, all in one location. We’ve picked some of our favorites, including (of course) our very own AlphaBeer, returning for its sixteenth edition.
We’ll be updating this list so be sure to bookmark this page! You can also check out our Chicago Beer Events Calendar, searchable by date and location.
Chicago Summer Beer Events
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Dovetail Brewery and Begyle Brewing join forces to celebrate their birthdays on Memorial Day weekend. The North Center breweries are turning 1 and 2 respectively, and they’re throwing a party with bars both outside and in their tap rooms and food trucks.
- When: May 27 & 28
- How much: No cover
- Where: Belle Plain between Ravenswood at the CTA tracks
Break out the lederhosen and drindls, ’cause it’s time to dance around the maypole. Lincoln Square revels in its German-ness at this four-day festival featuring German cuisine, music, and beer.
- When: June 1 – 4
- How much: Free
- Where: Lincoln & Leland
Those guys are at it again! They’re bringing their two-day festival to Aurora’s RiverEdge Park. In addition to tasty Two Brothers beer, you’ll hear some live music from X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Blind Pilot, Knox Hamilton, Savoir Adore and The Way Down Wanderers. Proceeds help Make-A-Wish Illinois and Giant Steps, so your fun is making the world a better place, too.
- When: June 2 & 3
- How much: $30/day general admission; $100/day VIP tent
- Where: RiverEdge Park, Auroria, IL
There’s no cover at this street fest. You just get your tasting tickets and away you go! Expect lots of local brews and some killer DJs and live music.
- When: June 3 & 4
- How Much: No cover; 20 tickets for $40 10 tickets for $20
- Where: 53rd & Harper
At this ticketed event in downtown Lombard you can choose from over 80 unique beers. You’ll get 18 tickets and then you can purchase additional tasting tickets if you need ’em.
- When: June 10
- How much: $40
- Where: Downtown Lombard / Metra Station
Billed as the largest craft beer event in the world, this touring festival makes a stop at Chicago’s Navy Pier. With live music, food trucks, and hundreds of available beers, it’s bound to be one heck of a party.
- When: June 10
- How much: General admission $55; Early access $75
- Where: Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom
When it comes to beer tastings, you’re an animal! Feel right at home at this event that lets you taste up to 20 3-oz samples while wandering around the zoo.
- When: June 16 – 17
- How much: $49 general admission; $79 VIP
- Where: Lincoln Park Zoo
Roam the grounds of Grant Park at this outdoor fest offering more than 200 craft beers from 100+ breweries. Your ticket gets you 20 3-oz tastings.
- When: June 23 – 24
- How much: $49 general admission; $59 early entry
- Where: Grant Park’s Butler Field
This fest wins for the best scenery. Located amidst the trees, it’s the fourth year for this event in suburban Lisle. Cajun band Zydeco Voodoo (now that’s a great name for a beer) will perform and you can get food from the park’s concessions as well as from guest restaurants.
- When: June 24
- How much: $40 members/$50 nonmembers; VIP $60 members/$70 nonmembers
- Where: Morton Arboretum
If you missed Mayfestiversary, here’s your chance for another Ravenswood beer fest. Participating breweries include both Dovetail and Begyle, and also feature Band of Bohemia, Empirical, Greenstar, Half Acre, and more.
- When: June 24 – 25
- How much: $5 donation; beer tickets available for purchase
- Where: Ravenswood & Berteau
This Saturday afternoon fest is located in the Metra parking lot, so you can easily get to it from the city without driving. Your general admission ticket gets you 20 3oz tastings and you can buy more for fifty cents at the event. Splurge on VIP and
- When: July 8
- How much: $40
- Where: Barrington Metra Station
The weekend suburban beer fests continue with this event in Naperville. Offering over 200 beers, attendees receive 18 drink tickets. Get a VIP pass and you’ll have exclusive access to a special area and a limited edition 5th Anniversariy t-shirt.
- When: July 15
- How much: $49
- Where: Naper Settlement
The popular south side brewery is hosting their fifth beer festival with two sessions, one at 10:30am and the second at 2pm. There will be 25 breweries on hand, each offering one or two options, and they’re all rare, unique, or pub-only beers.
- When: July 22
- How Much: $45
- Where: Tribes Alehouse, Tinley Park
Take a break from the Sheffield Garden Walk to try some delicious craft brews. You’ll have 70 options and your admission will give you 15 tickets. This is separate from the Garden Walk, so you’ll need to buy your tickets specifically for this event.
- When: July 22 – 23
- How much: $35 for 15 tickets; $40 day of
- Where: Sheffield & Fullerton
Traditionally a free event, this year the party is moving to Northerly Island and there’s a fee – BUT there’s a good reason for it! The Roots are headlining. You can still expect the festive atmosphere filled with circus acts, magicians, and costumes, and proceeds will still help local non-profit West Town Bikes.
- When: July 29
- How much: $25
- Where: Huntington Bank Pavilion, Northerly Island
Since 2009 The Local Tourist has hosted this unconventional tasting event featuring a craft beer for every letter of the alphabet. The event is classroom-style, so there’s no worry about waiting in line just to find out the beer you wanted to try is gone. For the second year in a row we’ve partnered with Barley’s Angels Chicago to curate the varied list. In addition to an expert emcee guiding the tasting, there will be guests from several of the participating breweries. A limited number of tables of six are available, so grab five friends and you can go free.
- When: August 12
- How much: $50; $250 for tables of 6 (limited quantity available)
- Where: A.J. Hudson’s
Explore local and regional beers at the country’s largest zero-waste festival. That’s right – the only footprints you’ll leave at this fest are your own. Not only are you not hurting the environment by attending, you’re also helping, as proceeds benefit environmental non-profit Seven Generations.
- When: August 19
- How much: $55 in advance; $65 at the gate; Hop Challenge $65; VIP $90
- Where: Downtown Oak Park