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Your Guide to Chicago Craft Beer Week

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Tomorrow marks the start of the 5th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week, spanning 10 days until May 25. Places all across the city will celebrate local breweries with beer festivals, special pairing menus and lots of opportunities to try some rare brews. You can check out the the full schedule of events on the official website, but we've gone ahead and listed some of the highlights, day by day, so make sure to bookmark this page. Happy drinking and get ready for a week and a half of fun.

When: May 15-25
Where: Xoco
What: Xoco will be offering a special month-long menu of Mexican street food paired with Revolution Brewing's beers. Dishes include hibiscus glazed grilled chicken salad, Bottom Up Wit steamed mussels caldo; smoked shortrib tort; and a bitter chocolate, piloncillo and Eugene Porter flan.
Call: 312-661-1434

When: May 15-25
Where: Owen & Engine
What: Owen and Engine will partner with Three Floyds to create a special dinner menu pairing three dishes with a trio of beers.
Call: 773-235-2930

When: May 15-25
Where: Bread & Wine
What: Chef Michael Dean Reynolds has created a 6-piece cheese and charcuterie plate to pair with a Sixpoint beer flight. The cost of the flight and pairings is $35.
Call: 773-866-5266

When: May 15
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory
What: Kick off Craft Beer Week with Beer Under Glass. Walk around and take in the sights of the Conservatory while sipping on beers from local brewers. Several restaurants will also be participating, serving small bites to attendees to keep them fueled up. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
Call: 773-638-1766

When: May 15
Where: Hopleaf
What: Hopleaf will host a 5-course beer dinner featuring dishes paired with beers by Half Acre and Maine Beer Co. Tickets for the event can be purchased online.
Call: 773-334-9851

When: May 16
Where: The Radler
What: Stop in for a 'hair of the dog' Temperance brunch at The Radler. The restaurant will be running specials all day on Temperance beers and offer pairing suggestions for brunch item like the pretzel bread pudding French toast.
Call: 773-276-0270

When: May 16-18
Where: Fish Bar
What: Fish Bar will tap some rare Goose Island brews. The beers will include Lolita, Madame Rose, Flanders Oud Bruin, Rasselbock, Ogden, and Bourbon County Stout 2013.
Call: 773-687-8177

When: May 16
Where: The Publican
What: The Publican will team up with Brewery Ommegang for a collaborative beer dinner. There will be a rare beer happy hour starting at 3 p.m. featuring Ommegang Game of Throne beers and more.
Call: 312-733-9555

When: May 16
Where: Atlas Brewing Company
What: Dig in at Atlas's crawfish boil starting at 5 p.m. $15 gets you a plate of crawfish, sides, and a glass of Archaeopteryx Dreamcoat Blueberry Belgian Pale Ale.
Call: 773-295-1270

When: May 17-18
Where: 1843 S. Washtenaw Ave.
What: The Lagunitas Beer Circus is coming to town featuring more than 70 world class circus arts performers, including a burlesque show, carnival rides, and large-scale art and entertainment. The event is also a craft beer festival with brews from Chicago's local breweries, food and more. Tickets are $40 and admission includes 4 beers and unlimited entertainment from noon to 5 p.m. Proceede benefit Rock for Kids, who provides music education to underserved children in Chicago. Purchase tickets online.
Call: 707-778-8776

When: May 17
Where: Rock Bottom
What: Meet at Rock Bottom for a few drinks before heading to IIT for some disc golf at noon. Bring some buddies along as well as the outing will be played in doubles with a partner.
Call: 312-755-9339

When: May 18
Where: Northside Bar & Grill
What: Get ready for the Brew Line, a craft beer double decker bus tour visiting Chicago's best bars. Beer and tavern historian Liz Garibay will be on board providing knowledge to riders and there will be special beer and prizes at each stop. Tickets can be purchased online and include transportation, snacks and 10 beer sample tickets to be used at bars.
Call: 773-384-3555

When: May 18
Where: Goose Island Barrel Warehouse
What: Goose Island will host an outing at its barrel warehouse at 605 N. Sacramento Blvd. The afternoon will feature live music, mini golf, food trucks, beers from other local breweries, and a 'Battle of the Breweries' Dodgeball Tournament.
Call: 312-226-1119

When: May 18
Where: Haymarket Pub & Brewery
What: Join Haymarket for a Festival of Wood and Barrel Aged Beers. There will be two sessions: 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m., and entry includes beer samples and a commemorative glass. Buy tickets online.
Call: 312-638-0700

When: May 18
Where: Revolution Brewing Co. (3340 N. Kedzie Ave.)
What: Attend Cased Meats for a Cause and enjoy specialty meats from Publican Quality Meats, Butcher & Larder, The Radler and more. The event will also feature live music and the full Revolution Brewing lineup. All proceeds will benefit the International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.
Call: 773-588-2267

When: May 19
Where: Farmhouse Evanston
What: Farmhouse will feature barrel-aged beers from local breweries as well as ciders and cyser, a Missouri-style cherry brandy. In addition, shows off your euchre skills by participating in a special one-night tournament. Players can reserve a spot by calling the restaurant.
Call: 847-492-9700

When: May 19
Where: The Dawson
What: The Dawson is partnering with Greenbush and Templeton Rye for a trolley adventure to celebrate Craft Beer Week. The crawl will make stops at Lone Wolf and Sportsman's Club where guests will enjoy shots of Templeton and Greenbush brews. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online.
Call: 312-243-8955

When: May 19
Where: Haymarket Pub & Brewery
What: Brewers across the state will each be bringing a keg and case of pint glasses for Illinois Brewers' Night. Tickets to the event are $25 and include 12 tasting tickets and a tasting glass.
Call: 312-638-0700

When: May 19
Where: Jerry's Wicker Park
What: Creative Mind on Tap will be a panel discussion on the growth of craft beer and the role that story telling and artwork play in the relationship between brewers and drinkers. Q & A will follow the discussion and beers from the brewers and food pairings will be available.
Call: 773-235-1006

When: May 20
Where: Village Tap
What: Come hang out with the crew from Half Acre and enjoy a selection of special brews including Golden Tuna Pale Ale, Get Right Kolsch, and The Hammer, The Bullet & The Vise Brown Ale. In addition, chef Julia Helton will have food pairings to go along with the beers.
Call: 773-883-0817

When: May 20
Where: Lincoln Square Lanes
What: Pints & The Past will be a tour through Chicago's best craft beer bars offering a look into their history. Learn interesting tidbits from beer and tavern historian Liza Garibay and meet brewmasters and brewery founders. Stops on the tour include Brooklyn Brewery, Goose Island, Brewery Ommegang and more. $20 tickets include transportation, snacks and a beer sample at each bar.
Call: 773-561-8191

When: May 20
Where: The Rocking Horse
What: Crawl Around the Square will take place starting at 6:30 p.m. and offer guests a chance to taste the culinary flavors of the neighborhood paired with the craft beers of Bell's Brewery. Stops on the crawl will include Dunlay's on the Square, Suite 25, Hachi's Kitchen and more. Tickets cost $45 and include food and drink.
Call: 773-489-3222

When: May 21
Where: Farmhouse Chicago
What: The third annual Division St. IPA crawl will visit Jerry's for Midwestern IPA's, Bangers & Lace for East Coast IPA's and SmallBar for West Coast IPA's. Enjoy $2 off select pours and full tours of all the stops.
Call: 773-235-1006

When: May 21
Where: Andersonville Brewing Co.
What: The mini beer festival will feature Chicago's newest brewers such as 350 brewing, Aquanaut, Rude Hippo and more. Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Purchase tickets online.
Call: 773-784-6969

When: May 21
Where: WhirlyBall
What: Like WhirlyBall? Then you'll want to head over and challenge the crew from Goose Island and 3 Sheeps Brewing Co. to an Animal vs. People showdown. Attendees will be able to play free matches against the brewer teams and whichever team has the most wins at the end of the night will be crowned WhirlyBall Champion. There will also be a special beer list available featuring limited drafts like Madame Rose and the new Belgian Style Tripel.
Call: 773-486-7777

When: May 22
Where: Fischman Liquors, more
What: Celebrate CBW with a craft beer pub crawl aboard the Chicago Brew Bus. Participants will visit 9 different bars on Chicago's Northwest Side including Fischman Liquors, Rabbit Bar & Grill, Iron Horse Bar and Grill, and more. Tickets can be purchased for $20.
Call: 312-919-4473

When: May 22
Where: Mystic Blue
What: Mystic Blue will host a craft brews cruise in partnership with Lakeshore Beverage. Guests will sip on beers from local breweries including Goose Island, Brooklyn Brewery, Jolly Pumpkin, Ommegang and many more, as well as enjoy food to complement the drinks. Tickets can be purchased online.
Call: 877-299-7783

When: May 22
Where: Beer House in Lombard
What: Compete in a Two Brothers Bag Tournament. There will be raffle prizes as well as drink specials including $4 pints of SideKick and Dog Days.
Call: 630-268-1111

When: May 23
Where: Buckledown Brewing
What: Nunzino Pizza, owner of Hop head Farms in Michigan, will educate and walk participants through a brewer's hop rubbing process. Attendees will also have the opportunity to sample craft beers from BuckleDown. Proceeds will benefit the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild. Tickets are $50.
Call: 708-777-1842

When: May 24
Where: Chicago French Market
What: The West Loop Craft Beer Fest will close out CBW with a large outdoor block party. VIP's get things started at noon while General Admission is from 1 to 5 p.m. There will be plenty of craft beer from dozens of breweries, food and entertainment. Tickets can be purchased online.

When: May 25
Where: Little Goat
What: Cap off 10 days of drinking with a meal at Little Goat. Ring in the season by sitting upstairs or on the rooftop and enjoy bites from Stephanie Izard, beers from Revolution, lots of gin and more.
Call: 312-888-3455

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