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: