Date: Saturday, July 20 - Sunday, July 21
Time: Noon to 10pm Daily
Location: On Lincoln Ave between Addison and Roscoe, Chicago
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Address: 3500 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago IL
Beneficiary: West Lakeview Neighbors

From brewery-focused pubs and taprooms to bars and even the local supermarket, the popularity of craft beers remains as strong as ever. Illinois alone is home to more than 200 of the nation’s 4,000-plus microbreweries.

Windy City beer lovers will again be in hops heaven when Chicago Craft Beer Fest returns for its 8th flavor-packed year to it’s new West Lakeview neighborhood.

Highlights include daily afternoon tastings where visitors who purchase a pass can sample from a pool of more than 70 specialty beers lovingly crafted by 35-plus local, regional and national breweries. Tasting ticket holders are also encouraged to savor the day after the tastings and enjoy great music acts and more!

Get Social!

Tasting Session Tickets

Eventbrite - 2019 Chicago Craft Beer Festival

General Admission:
Tasting Times - 1pm to 8pm (come when you want!)
-  Advance - $40 for 15 samples
-  On-Site - $50 for 15 samples

What You Get (GA):

  • Access to the tasting area from 1-8pm
  • Souvenir Tasting Glass
  • Access to private tasting area
  • Live music and seating area

VIP Experience presented by Bitter Pops:



Tasting Times - CHOOSE FROM Noon to 3pm or 5pm to 8pm
-  Advance - $50 for 20 samples
-  On-Site - $60 for 20 samples

What You Get (VIP):

  • 1 hour early access to the tasting area. Starts at 12pm
  • An exclusive tasting menu
  • 5 extra drink tickets
  • Souvenir tasting glass
  • Access to private tasting area
  • Live music and seating area

Designated Driver:
Open Time - Noon to 8pm
NOTE: The designated driver ticket should be purchased if you want to go in the tasting area.  There is no ticket (only a suggested donation) to go to the festival.
-  Advance/On-Site - $20

All sales final, no refunds, no ticket redemption on unused tickets.  This event is rain or shine.  

What's On Tap?


NOTE:  You don't have to do the tasting to enjoy the music!

1:30pm - One Moment From Glory
3:00pm - The Right Now
4:30pm - Freddy Jones Band
6:30pm - Queen Experience
8:15pm - Too White Crew

2:00pm - Ultrabeat
3:45pm - Fletcher Rockwell
5:45pm - Mr. Blotto
8:15pm - Rod Tuffcurls

About Our Beneficiary: West Lakeview Neighbors

Whether you are a resident or a visitor, welcome!  Come explore what our neighborhood has to offer.

West Lakeview Neighbors (WLVN) represents the residents of our unique and vibrant area of Lakeview. We are a growing neighborhood in the heart of Lakeview.

Our boundaries are: Irving Park (between Ravenswood and Ashland) and Addison (between Ashland and Racine) on the north; Belmont on the south; Racine on the east; and Ravenswood on the west. The group addresses zoning, traffic, liquor licenses, sidewalk cafés, and other issues affecting the neighborhood.  We advise the 44th and 47th Ward aldermen.

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Vending Opportunities

We are now accepting vendor applications for Chicago Craft Beer Fest.

To start a new application or edit an existing application you've already started, click on the link below for the type of vendor application:

Non-Member Applicants

Application Links

Member Applicants (ONLY)

Please note: the applications below may only be accessed using a password provided by the Vending team. Please send an email to Once your membership has been verified, you will be able to proceed.

If you've applied to multiple events, you can access your RegisterOne vendor profile here.