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Three Winter Beer Festivals in Chicago Area

By Jenn Harrman on January 17, 2014


Beer festivals in Chicago are numerous. A few days ago, we shared an overview of Chicago’s craft beer history. To further explore you need to taste the beer, of course! This winter brings a few beer festivals in Chicago to wet your whistle. You can always sign on for one our winter tours before one of these festivals.

1. Winter BrewLincoln Square

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Photo Credit: Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce

Lincoln Square’s third annual Winter Brew sponsored by the Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce and Square Kegs Home Brew Club features local Chicago brews only on January 25th from 2pm-5pm and 7pm-10pm at the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center. General Admission for this beer festival in Chicago is $12 with additional ticket options for drink tickets.

2. 16th Annual Chicagoland Brewpub & Microbrewery Shootout, Bridgeport

The Chicagoland Brewpub Shootout in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood will take place on January 25th at Zhou B Art Center from 1pm-5pm. To get tickets, you’ll have to either get creative or wait until next year – it’s SOLD OUT.

3. Naperville Winter Ale FestNaperville, IL

Naperville is hosting its first annual Winter Ale Fest featuring over 120 craft beers from all over the country, Saturday, February 22nd.  Tickets are $45/person ($15 for designated drivers) and include tasting of 120 craft beers, a commemorative glass and program guide. For more Chicago craft beer, explore on your own with Chicago Magazine’s top 62 craft beers in the city.  And to round off your Chicago tour of beer history, you could consider drinking while learning about Chicago’s entertainment history on our Historic Chicago Bar Tour, offered Thursday-Saturday.

Hope you have fun on one of these cool beer festivals in Chicago this winter!

–Jenn Harrman, Tour Guide


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