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The best Chicago beer festivals

Taste new suds and meet the brewers who made them at some of the top Chicago beer festivals

Lombard Ale Fest

As much as we love grabbing a drink at a local dive bar or perusing the selection at a liquor store, beer festivals offer the opportunity to try new things with a group of likeminded drinkers. Whether you're a beer nerd or a casual craft brew fan, these events take the experience of a brewery tour to the next level, allowing attendees to taste beers made by both regional and national brewers. Take a look at our list of the best Chicago beer festivals and start planning your next weekend of tastings. If you want to thank us, you can buy us a beer.

The best Chicago beer festivals

Logan Square Beer Festival


The Logan Square Beer Fest returns for a fourth year, offering more than 50 different beers from 20 breweries over two sessions. The annual event offers up cask conditioned and barrel-aged brew, swag giveaways and live music.

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Until Sat Oct 1

The best brewery tours in Chicago

Brewery and distillery tours

There are dozens of breweries in the area, and many offer tours, which range from a booze-fueled, hours-long lesson on beermaking to quick and dirty 20-minute overviews. We tagged along on local brewery tours, where we learned a few things about brewing and drank more than a few pints of great local beer.


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