Chicago Craft Beer Week: Drink Up! It’s for Charity

By Patty Wetli | Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's Chicago Craft Beer Week.

Somebody at Chicago Craft Beer Week headquarters must have trouble counting, because last we checked, the event runs for a whopping 11 days, May 17-27. At that, beer lovers will scarcely have enough time to hit up the more than 200 participating venues and special events.

Lakeview and Roscoe Village have been lumped in with Lincoln Square and Wrigleyville as one of CCBW’s nine neighborhood clusters. If you plan on sticking close to home, you’ve got plenty of options: Four Moon Tavern, Fizz Bar & Grill, Northdown Taproom, Riverview Tavern, Village Tap and Witts. Each location will have a specific craft beer tasting on tap for $4, among other specials.

Marquee events include Craft Day Afternoon at Fizz, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., May 19, 1-5 p.m. Cough up $60 and receive unlimited draft samples of 45+ craft beers, plus passed appetizers and a souvenir glass. Proceeds benefit Hamilton Elementary, 1650 W. Cornelia Ave., which is raising funds to replace a blacktop parking lot with an artificial grass athletic field. So drink up and feel darned good about it.

If you want to get all official about your CCBW experience — and collect stickers and other stuff — here’s what you need to do:

  • Pick up a lanyard (free of charge) — this ID tells bartenders to treat you nice. Northdown, 3244 N. Lincoln Ave., is the closest lanyard HQ.
  • Get your hands on a CCBW map to keep track of your personal pub crawl.
  • Find stickers, available at participating venues. The folks at CCBW think you’ll want to paste these onto your map and frame the thing as a keepsake.

Check out the complete list of events, neighborhood clusters and local happenings.

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