The Festivals

Our festivals are our pride and joy. They're what gets us up in the morning, and what keeps us up way past our bedtimes. We host our festivals year round, and all over the Chicagoland area, so there's something for every type of festival fan. Check out what we have coming up this year! 


Chicago Ale Fest Winter

January 11, 2020
Lacuna Artist Lofts

The 2019 Chicago Ale Fest – Winter will take place on Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Navy Pier. The fest will feature more then 100 American Craft Beers – with a strong focus on winter seasonal. The fest will also feature some of  Chicago’s favorite food trucks and a DJ spinning your favorite hits. Join us at Navy Pier for the largest winter craft beer event in Chicago.

Naperville Ale Fest Winter

February 22, 2020
Frontier Park

The 2020 Naperville Ale Fest – Winter will take place on Saturday, February 22. Situated on the frozen tundra of Naperville’s Frontier Park – the fest will feature over 150 unique American craft beers. Pull out your long-johns and parkas, it’s time to experience winter’s best craft beers. The fest will also feature live music and food from some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks.

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Chicago Beer Classic

May 2, 2020
Soldier Field

Chicago Beer Classic is the city’s largest beer festival and summer kick-off, celebrating great beers on the grass of Soldier Field. Draft your perfect lineup of beers and cheers to the huge variety, including upcoming and undiscovered Chicago favorites. It’s the summer kick-off you don’t need game-day tickets to enjoy. 

Starved Rock Country Brew Fest

May 23, 2020
Downtown Ottawa

The third annual Starved Rock Country Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, May 23, 2020. The fest will feature over 60 unique American craft beers, live music and local food. Join us in downtown Ottawa to kick off your Memorial Day weekend.


Lombard Ale Fest

June 13, 2020
Downtown Lombard

The fifth annual fest will take place on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Situated in the heart of downtown Lombard, the fest will feature over 80 unique beers from craft beers from around the country and some of Chicagoland’s favorite food trucks. The fest will be a celebration of summer seasonal beers, food and live music. Kick off your summer right with the Lombard Ale Fest. The proceeds from the fest will benefit nonprofit organizations in the Lombard community.

Craft Brews At The Zoo

June 19 & June 20, 2020
The Lincoln Park Zoo

Lincoln Park Zoo’s fourth annual craft beer festival, Craft Brews, offered a selection of 75-plus specialty brews from more than 35 local and regional breweries on Friday and Saturday, June 19 and 20. Beer tasting stations were set up throughout the entire zoo during this after-hours experience just for adults, who also enjoyed DJ entertainment, lawn games and views of the zoo’s amazing animals!


Ultra Fresh

June 27, 2020

The Hop Review presents the 4th Annual Ultra Fresh. 25+ breweries showcasing their latest creations packaged within one week. Ultra Fresh is where you'll find the freshest beer available from the most breweries in one place–anywhere in the world. This year’s event goes down June 27, 2020 from 5-9 PM at Make City ICNC (2019 W Carroll Ave.) in West Town, Chicago.

Naperville Ale Fest Summer

July 11, 2020
Naper Settlement

The seventh annual Naperville Ale Fest – Summer will take place on Saturday, July 11 and will feature over 200 unique American craft beers, live music and food from some of the area’s favorite restaurants and food trucks. Situated on the grounds of the Naper Settlement, with downtown Naperville as a backdrop, it is the ideal setting to experience craft beer.


Sheffield Street Festival

July 17,18,19, 2020

Welcome to the 51st Annual Sheffield Street Festival, sponsored by the Sheffield Neighborhood Association (SNA), a non-profit community organization. The "Summer's Best Festival" features self-guided tours of more than 80 Gardens, guided Architectural Tours, live entertainment by some of Chicago's best bands, food and drink, and activities for children at the Kids' Corner.

Lisle Ale Fest

September 19, 2020
Downtown Lisle

The sixth annual Lisle Ale Fest will take place on Saturday, September 19, 2020 and will feature over 80 unique American craft beers, live music and local food. The fest will also feature one of the largest selection of craft Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers in the area.


September 28, 2019
Vertiport Chicago

Chicago’s original craft beer festival will have more beer, more attitude and more… other stuff than ever before. What other stuff? In addition to our  150+ craft beers, we’ll have some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks, the annual BeerHoptacular Homebrew Competition, a DJ spinning an all-vinyl playlist, a beer bicycle, a live insult booth and much more.

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Flossmoor Brew Fest

October 12, 2019
Downtown Flossmoor

The second annual Flossmoor Brew Fest will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019 from 2p to 6p. This event will spotlight south side craft breweries (with a few other suburbs as well). The Flossmoor Brew Fest will feature all cans. This is a rain or shine event so, come and join us for this unique experience.


Brew Year's Eve

December 31, 2019
Architectural Artifacts

Tired of the same old New Year’s Eve parties? Looking for something different this New Year’s? Experience a whole new way to ring in the New Year – Experience Brew Year’s Eve. Brew Year’s Eve will feature ten Chicagoland breweries serving 20 different craft beers, live music, butler passed hors d’oeuvres, a late night pizza buffet and many unique photo ops. Make this a New Year’s Eve you won’t soon forget.