The best Chicago beer festivals
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago team up to curate another lineup of mini-beer fests this summer with their Friday Night Flights event series. Taking place in neighborhoods throughout the city, the end-of-the-week tastings welcome local breweries to sample their wares. Admission is free, but a tasting pass will get you ten 3-ounce pours from the brewers in attendance—they're $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
The best brewery tours in Chicago
Chicago loves beer, whether it's spending a night at a great beer bar or picking up a six-pack of a local brew to take to a party. 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.