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Starting tomorrow a large chunk of the Chicago restaurant and bar scene will be inundated with craft beer in the 2013 Chicago Craft Beer Week. The amount of events is staggering—from Fountainhead to Garfield Park Conservatory, Owen & Engine to Smallbar, there's an event for anyone, anytime, anywhere. Here's a map of some of the highlights, make sure to check out the full schedule on Chicago Craft Beer Week website. Happy hops.


· Chicago Craft Beer Week [Official Site]
Eater Chicago intern Daniella Caruso contributed to this story.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Burger Bar Chicago

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1578 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 255-0055
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Kicking off Craft Beer Week the right way, Burger Bar Chicago will be hosting a Wild Onion Brewing Co. Whole Hog Beer Dinner. This seven-course pork and beer binge includes everything from bacon wrapped sausage "lollipops" paired with kainz brau, a bohemian pilsner, to an oatmeal stout bacon shake for dessert. The dinner, which costs $50 per person, will take place Thursday, May 16 at 7PM.

2. Brownstone Tavern & Grill

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3937 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 528-3700
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All week long, Brownstone will be celebrating with beer tastings, food flights, and pairings from Revolution and New Belgium Breweries. If you participate in any three events, your name is entered into a drawing for a VIP Tour of Revolution Brewery for up to 10 people.

3. Owen & Engine

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2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 235-2930
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On Sunday, May 19, Owen & Engine will be hosting a Brewing & Charcuterie night from 6-10PM. Tickets cost $80, but entitle the holder access to a generous spread of charcuterie with beef bresaola, cumberland sausage, and lamb bacon as well as 10 drink-tickets redeemable for 5 oz. pours of craft beer from brewers like 5 Rabbit and Local Option.

4. Bar on Buena

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910 W Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 525-8665
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For Craft Beer Week, Bar on Buena is teaming up with Hinterland, Allagash, and Founders, but on Thursday, May 23, they will be hosting a special event with Sixpoint Brewery, who will be offering a special tapping of the Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #13: Gruitbeer, an ancient, medieval-era style ale. Keeping with the Medieval theme, there will be a screen of Monty Python & the Holy Grail for viewing pleasure. For eating pleasure, patrons can order up a huge smoked turkey leg prepared by Sir Johnny Van of Ye Olde Johnny Van Smokehouse.

5. Fountainhead

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1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 697-8204
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Saturday, May 18 will mark Fountainhead's 4th annual Local Cask Day with casks from favorite local breweries lined up across the bar. Guests order a beer and it is poured directly from the cask. The following day Fountainhead is taking part in the Chicago version of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. Participants will travel by trolley to five different bars (including Fountainhead) where each will be featuring at least one bourbon and a barrel aged beer.

6. Mahoney's Pub & Grille

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551 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 733-2121
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Attend Lager Jam III on Saturday, May 25 at Mahoney's Pub & Grille for an afternoon of craft beer and sausage sampling. The event, to be hosted by Abe Froman, self-proclaimed "Sausage King of Chicago," will feature 3-ounce samples of up to 30 craft beers and bite-size staples such as Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and Blood sausages. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, if available.

7. Franklin Tap

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325 S Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 212-3262
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Paul Wonak of Two Brothers Brewing Company will be at Franklin Tap on Thursday, May 16 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss what it is like to be at the forefront of Chicago's craft beer scene. The informal, educational event is free to attend as well as a sampling of various Two Brothers Brewing Co.'s beers. Pints of the featured brews, from Sidekick extra pale ale to Cane & Ebel red rye ale, will be $4.

8. Central Standard

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169 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(847) 510-2500
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In celebration of this momentous occasion, Central Standard will be offering select beer flights for $4. The flights include four (4 oz) tastings and feature local brews like Half Acre, Goose Island, Local Option, Revolution, and Two Brothers.

9. South Water Kitchen

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225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 236-9300
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From IPA to Hefeweizen, Deschutes to Lagunitas, if you want to get a taste of different styles and breweries head to South Water Kitchen. Order up a “Craft Beer Bucket” and mix and match five craft beers of your choice for $25.

10. Jerry's Sandwiches

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1938 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-1006

Whether you want to attend a Division St. IPA Crawl or a young Chicago brewers tap takeover, Jerry's will be hosting all sorts of events events at both Wicker Park and Andersonville locations. On Monday, May 20, they're teaming up with Solemn Oath Brewery for a Viking's Feast where they will be screening Viking films, blasting a soundtrack of Nordic Metal, and of course, drinking plenty of beer.

11. SmallBar

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2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 772-2727
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All week long SmallBar Division will be hosting tap events with craft beer from local breweries. Kick off the week at their Belgian beer dinner featuring Chicago breweries' takes on classic Belgian styles along with food specials like steamed mussels & pomme frittes. Then close out Craft Beer Week with their third annual Half Acre Beer Brunch. Enjoy a "food flight" of four Half Acre beers paired with four small plates for $30.

12. Chicago French Market

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131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 575-0306
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Closing out the week in events, the West Loop Craft Beer Fest will be taking place at the Chicago French Market on Saturday, May 25. Lillie's Q and Saigon Sisters are just some of the participating vendors that will offer food to complement beers from over twenty craft brewers.

13. Garfield Park Conservatory

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300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624
(773) 638-1766
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Celebrate the return of spring with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild at the Garfield Park Conservatory's Beer Under Glass. Enjoy the Conservatory at night as you sip inventive brews from some local craft breweries and snack on tasty small plates provided by some popular local restaurants.

1. Burger Bar Chicago

1578 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Kicking off Craft Beer Week the right way, Burger Bar Chicago will be hosting a Wild Onion Brewing Co. Whole Hog Beer Dinner. This seven-course pork and beer binge includes everything from bacon wrapped sausage "lollipops" paired with kainz brau, a bohemian pilsner, to an oatmeal stout bacon shake for dessert. The dinner, which costs $50 per person, will take place Thursday, May 16 at 7PM.

1578 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

2. Brownstone Tavern & Grill

3937 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

All week long, Brownstone will be celebrating with beer tastings, food flights, and pairings from Revolution and New Belgium Breweries. If you participate in any three events, your name is entered into a drawing for a VIP Tour of Revolution Brewery for up to 10 people.

3937 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

3. Owen & Engine

2700 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

On Sunday, May 19, Owen & Engine will be hosting a Brewing & Charcuterie night from 6-10PM. Tickets cost $80, but entitle the holder access to a generous spread of charcuterie with beef bresaola, cumberland sausage, and lamb bacon as well as 10 drink-tickets redeemable for 5 oz. pours of craft beer from brewers like 5 Rabbit and Local Option.

2700 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60647

4. Bar on Buena

910 W Buena Ave, Chicago, IL 60613

For Craft Beer Week, Bar on Buena is teaming up with Hinterland, Allagash, and Founders, but on Thursday, May 23, they will be hosting a special event with Sixpoint Brewery, who will be offering a special tapping of the Sixpoint Mad Scientist Series #13: Gruitbeer, an ancient, medieval-era style ale. Keeping with the Medieval theme, there will be a screen of Monty Python & the Holy Grail for viewing pleasure. For eating pleasure, patrons can order up a huge smoked turkey leg prepared by Sir Johnny Van of Ye Olde Johnny Van Smokehouse.

910 W Buena Ave
Chicago, IL 60613

5. Fountainhead

1970 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

Saturday, May 18 will mark Fountainhead's 4th annual Local Cask Day with casks from favorite local breweries lined up across the bar. Guests order a beer and it is poured directly from the cask. The following day Fountainhead is taking part in the Chicago version of Kentucky's Bourbon Trail. Participants will travel by trolley to five different bars (including Fountainhead) where each will be featuring at least one bourbon and a barrel aged beer.

1970 W Montrose Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

6. Mahoney's Pub & Grille

551 N Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Attend Lager Jam III on Saturday, May 25 at Mahoney's Pub & Grille for an afternoon of craft beer and sausage sampling. The event, to be hosted by Abe Froman, self-proclaimed "Sausage King of Chicago," will feature 3-ounce samples of up to 30 craft beers and bite-size staples such as Bratwurst, Kielbasa, and Blood sausages. Tickets will be $20 in advance and $25 the day of the event, if available.

551 N Ogden Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

7. Franklin Tap

325 S Franklin St, Chicago, IL 60606

Paul Wonak of Two Brothers Brewing Company will be at Franklin Tap on Thursday, May 16 from 5-7 p.m. to discuss what it is like to be at the forefront of Chicago's craft beer scene. The informal, educational event is free to attend as well as a sampling of various Two Brothers Brewing Co.'s beers. Pints of the featured brews, from Sidekick extra pale ale to Cane & Ebel red rye ale, will be $4.

325 S Franklin St
Chicago, IL 60606

8. Central Standard

169 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

In celebration of this momentous occasion, Central Standard will be offering select beer flights for $4. The flights include four (4 oz) tastings and feature local brews like Half Acre, Goose Island, Local Option, Revolution, and Two Brothers.

169 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

9. South Water Kitchen

225 N Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60601

From IPA to Hefeweizen, Deschutes to Lagunitas, if you want to get a taste of different styles and breweries head to South Water Kitchen. Order up a “Craft Beer Bucket” and mix and match five craft beers of your choice for $25.

225 N Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60601

10. Jerry's Sandwiches

1938 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

Whether you want to attend a Division St. IPA Crawl or a young Chicago brewers tap takeover, Jerry's will be hosting all sorts of events events at both Wicker Park and Andersonville locations. On Monday, May 20, they're teaming up with Solemn Oath Brewery for a Viking's Feast where they will be screening Viking films, blasting a soundtrack of Nordic Metal, and of course, drinking plenty of beer.

1938 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

11. SmallBar

2049 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

All week long SmallBar Division will be hosting tap events with craft beer from local breweries. Kick off the week at their Belgian beer dinner featuring Chicago breweries' takes on classic Belgian styles along with food specials like steamed mussels & pomme frittes. Then close out Craft Beer Week with their third annual Half Acre Beer Brunch. Enjoy a "food flight" of four Half Acre beers paired with four small plates for $30.

2049 W Division St
Chicago, IL 60622

12. Chicago French Market

131 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60606

Closing out the week in events, the West Loop Craft Beer Fest will be taking place at the Chicago French Market on Saturday, May 25. Lillie's Q and Saigon Sisters are just some of the participating vendors that will offer food to complement beers from over twenty craft brewers.

131 N Clinton St
Chicago, IL 60606

13. Garfield Park Conservatory

300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624

Celebrate the return of spring with the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild at the Garfield Park Conservatory's Beer Under Glass. Enjoy the Conservatory at night as you sip inventive brews from some local craft breweries and snack on tasty small plates provided by some popular local restaurants.

300 N Central Park Ave
Chicago, IL 60624

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