There are few big cities with access to the wealth of craft breweries that Chicago boasts. From city-made brewers like Begyle and Dovetail, to regional gems like Indiana’s Three Floyds, our proximity to great brews totally spoils us. It’s no wonder we have so many incredible beer festivals in the summertime, but the cold weather doesn’t mean you have to settle for less-than-awesome beer. Whether you love beer fests for the friendly vibes, the variety or the opportunity to nerd out, there’s a Chicago winter beer fest for you.
Best winter beer festivals in Chicago
The weather may not be quite as harsh as its name implies, but the third annual Frost Fest is celebrating the season with an outdoor party. Stoic attendees will be able to sample more than 50 craft beers from local breweries in a gigantic heated tent during three-hour tasting sessions. While you're sipping brews, you'll be able to enjoy live music and food from local restaurants—not a bad way to cure that cabin fever.