Attention all beer enthusiasts! Cheers to Chicago’s booming craft beer scene at the city’s packed calendar of beer fests. Sample craft beers from local, national, and international breweries at over 30 Chicago beer festivals and events scheduled all year long.

Explore Chicago’s beer festival calendar.

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Winter beer festivals

BrewLights at 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 stations throughout the zoo. Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway

Christmas & Winter Beer Tasting 
The 21st annual rendition of this annual festival claims to be the most comprehensive tasting of Christmas and winter beers held anywhere in North America. There will be over 100 beers to sample from all over the globe at this beloved Lincoln Park bar. 2771 N. Lincoln Ave.

Chicago Ale Fest – Winter Edition 
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 pierogis will keep the crowds fed. Plus, a DJ will be spinning an all-vinyl playlist. Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Winter Brew
Stay warm while drinking a cold one. This event brings the street festival scene indoors for the winter. Local breweries and cideries set up shop inside the DANK Haus German American Cultural Center. Each will showcase up to two of their brews, including rare and specialty options. Lincoln Square/Ravenswood

The Chicago Beer Festival 
Dinosaur bones and craft brews? Why not?! Domestic and international breweries will be sampling their spring seasonal beers in the sprawling main hall of the Field Museum for this year’s event. Two sessions are available, one in the afternoon and one at night. And after you have your sips, go exploring as select museum exhibits will be open to attendees. Don’t forget to say hi to SUEthe most complete T. rex ever discovered. 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive

Spring beer festivals

Chicago Beer Classic
Chicago’s largest beer festival returns with 100 breweries and 50 unique brew samples at the one and only Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Walk through the tunnel and onto the turf like a pro, then start sampling like the beer connoisseur you are. This outdoor event also includes games, concession stands (to supplement your complimentary pretzel necklace), educational sessions, and the Most Valuable Brew competition. VIP ticket holders can take a stadium tour, kick back in the VIP seating area, and enjoy 12 extra samples and 30 additional minutes on the field. Tickets $69 – $89. 1416 Museum Campus Drive

Raise your glass under the big top tent! Known as the original Mayfest, this celebration kicks off Chicago’s summer festivals. The local-favorite fest takes place in the Lakeview neighborhood with live music, German food and drink, and an outdoor beer garden. Admission $10. 3100 N. Ashland Ave. 

Illinois Craft Beer Week
Join the 10th annual celebration of Illinois craft beer, coinciding with American Craft Beer Week. Hundreds of venues participate, with tap takeovers, tastings of rare beers, food and beer pairings, and loads of other special events. Various locations

The Lincoln Square neighborhood hosts this four-day festival, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, with a hearty dose of German beer, food, live bands, a traditional maypole — and a lot of lederhosen. North Western Avenue & W. Leland Avenue

Hyde Park Brew Fest
The annual Hyde Park Brew Fest brings you lots of great food and music, plus local 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. 53rd St. and Harper-Harper Court

Craft Brews and the Zoo
Savor over 75 specialty brews from more than 35 local and regional breweries at this one-of-a-kind event. Beer tasting stations will be set up throughout the Lincoln Park 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. Cannon Drive and Fullerton Parkway

Summer beer festivals

Chicago Friday Night Flights
Chicago Friday Night Flights is back with a dynamic series of summer tastings, highlighting the city’s status as an epicenter of the craft beer movement (we’re home to 160 breweries and counting). Plus, enjoy live music and food from local vendors throughout the evening. Various locations

Craft Beer Festival at the Morton Arboretum
Drink craft beers among the trees at The Morton Arboretum’s outdoor festival, which pairs live music and serene surroundings with beer tastings from dozens of local producers. Located in nearby suburban Lisle, this 1,700-acre nature haven is a living plant museum. Bring a chair or blanket to kick back on the grass while enjoying local brews from your souvenir tasting glass. 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL

Ravenswood on Tap
Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood is one of the hottest craft brewing communities in the country. There you’ll find big-name craft beer producers like Half Acre, smaller brewers like Begyle and Dovetail, and even craft distillery KOVAL. Sample the best of this beer-centric neighborhood during Ravenswood on Tap, a two-day tasting that includes food trucks, a killer lineup of live music, and handmade goods from local artisans. N. Ravenswood Ave. and W. Berteau Ave.

Hornerfest Craft Brew Festival
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 throughout the evening. Horner Park, 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Chicago Ale Fest
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. Butler Field, Grant Park

Square Roots Craft Brew & Music Festival
The Square Roots Festival is a craft beer and music experience in Chicago’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), stellar local cuisine, and the diverse genres of entertainment that only the Old Town School of Folk Music can offer. 4400 – 4560 N. Lincoln Ave. 

Sheffield Craft Beer Fest
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 Music Festival & Garden Walk, another neighborhood favorite for more than 50 years. North Sheffield Avenue & West Webster Avenue

Oak Park Microbrew Review 
Enjoy your beer while helping the plants. 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 12th annual edition features over 70 craft brewers and 200 craft beers, plus food tastings from local organic farmers — all with zero waste. Downtown Oak Park, IL


Fall beer festivals

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest
Toast to German culture at this annual Oktoberfest. Try authentic German food and traditional drinks, dance to the music of German bands, and spend the evening with friends enjoying fall in Chicago. From Irving Park Road, north to Eastwood Avenue, west to Western Avenue, north to Lawrence Avenue

Friday Night Flights
The final event of this annual tasting series will take place on the scenic Chicago Riverwalk. Guests can enjoy samples from over 20 award-winning breweries from across the city — all against the backdrop of Chicago’s iconic skyline, Art on theMART, and the Chicago River. 305 W. Riverwalk South

ChiSox Craft Beer Fest
The inaugural edition of this new craft beer fest will take over Guaranteed Rate field this fall. Guests can enjoy 30 samples and more than 35 local breweries to choose from, plus live music, games, and a commemorative tasting glass to take home. 333 W. 35th St.

312 Block Party at Goose Island Beer Co.
The block party at Goose Island’s Fulton Street Brewery will be packed with more beer, food, and live music than ever before! Start with the brews: all beers are $3 and will include fave Goose Island brews 312 Urban Wheat Ale, Green Line IPA, Grand Prestige, Brasserie Blanc, and specialty pours of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Then check out the local eats and live bands playing late into the night. 1800 W. Fulton St. 

Revolution Oktoberfest 
A two-day fest outside Revolution’s Logan Square brewpub? Sign us up! Beer, food, and music combine for the annual event, which includes DJ sets and after-parties along this nightlife corridor. 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. 

Oktoberfest Chicago 
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. Southport Avenue, Wellington Avenue, and Lincoln Avenue

Over 75 different breweries will be pouring more than 150 unique American craft beers at Vertiport Chicago. This is one of the city’s original craft beers fests, and has grown so large it’s now held in an actual helicopter hanger. 1339 S. Wood St. Suite A

Harvest Hop Down Beer Fest 
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 Harvest Hop Down winner! Tickets include unlimited seasonal beer tastings from over 25 breweries, beer bites, live music & more. 201 E. Randolph St.

Chicago Bacon & Beer Classic
Only a mega-venue like historic football stadium Soldier Field could contain this epic 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. 1410 S. Museum Campus Drive

The two-day, annual Oktoberfestiversary is brought to you by two of Chicago’s most beloved micro brewers. Dovetail and Begyle, two neighboring breweries in Irving Park, join forces to celebrate the neighborhood, season, and beer. Held outside Dovetail’s taproom, entertainment, food trucks, and dog-friendly fun are on the agenda. 1800 W. Belle Plaine Ave. 

Beer Culture Summit
The first conference of its kind, the Beer Culture Summit brings together beer experts and enthusiasts for an exciting lineup of seminars, dinners, tastings and more. Learn about global beer history, attend release parties, indulge in a beer dinner at Girl & The Goat, and more.

Festival of Barrel Aged Beers 
Insiders know it as FoBAB — and they know this is the hottest ticket 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 in UIC Forum. 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.

Looking for more? Explore beer tastings and festivals in Chicago this month.