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 beer fan. Check out what we have coming up this year! 

 

Chicago Ale Fest Winter

January 20, 2018
Navy Pier

The 2018 Chicago Ale Fest – Winter will take place on Saturday, January 20, 2018 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The fest will feature more then 150 American Craft Beers – with a strong focus on winter seasonals. 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 24, 2018
Frontier Park

The 2018 Naperville Ale Fest – Winter will take place on Saturday, February 24. 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.

Starved Rock Country Brew Fest

May 26, 2018
Downtown Ottawa

The second annual Starved Rock Country Brew Festival will take place on Saturday, May 26th, 2018. The fest will feature over 60 unique American craft beers, live music and local food. Join us in downtown Ottawa for the most anticipated new craft beer events of the year.

Lombard Ale Fest

June 9, 2018
Downtown Lombard

The fifth annual fest will take place on Saturday, June 9, 2018. 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 goal of the Lombard Ale Fest is to showcase American Craft Beer while supporting the Lombard Community. The proceeds from the fest will benefit nonprofit organizations in the Lombard community.

 

Craft Brews At The Zoo

June 15 & June 16, 2018
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 15 and 16. 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!

Chicago Ale Fest Summer

June 1st & 2nd, 2018
Butler Field in Grant Park

The 2018 Chicago Ale Fest – Summer will take place on Friday, June 1st and Saturday, June 2nd. Located at Butler Field in historic Grant Park, bordered by the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, the fest will feature more then 200 American craft beers, live music and some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks. Join us on Chicago’s front lawn for one of the most anticipated summer craft beer event of the year.

Naperville Ale Fest Summer

July 14, 2018
Naper Settlement

The sixth annual Naperville Ale Fest – Summer will take place on Saturday, July 14 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.

Lisle Ale Fest

September 29, 2018
Downtown Lisle

The fifth annual Lisle Ale Fest will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2018 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.

 

BeerHoptacular

September 22, 2018
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.

Brew Year's Eve

December 31, 2018
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.