I guess a lot of people may be expecting to be taken up by "The Rapture" today. If you want some advice, please consider: The cheesy posters I've seen at Zondervan show the "saved" drifting through the sky with no clothes on. That looks like a long, cold ride. You may be glad you had a good beer in your hand at the right moment. Or a large coffee.
And, again, a lot of these events may be restricted to those of us left behinders holding Chicago Craft Beer Week passports. The passports are listed as available for $10 at participating venues. But some places just might hand one out for free, if you know how to work good beer karma.
Celebrate Hyde Park Beer Garden
Kimbark Beverage Shoppe, 1214 East 53rd Street Chicago (773) 493-3355
Celebrate Hyde Park Mayfest is a celebration of all things Hyde Park, taking place on 53rd St., Dorchester to Nichols Park. Food, Music, and BEER!!! Kimbark Beverage Shoppe and Samuel Adams are sponsoring an Beer Garden as a part of the Festival. Come sample beers from over 15 different brewers! The cost is $10 for 10 samples. Or you can buy Sam Adams on tap for $5. Live Music by The American English Beatles and other local bands. Costs $10, Reservation Not Required, For information, Email email@example.com or call (773) 324-6926.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Craft Day Afternoon
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago (773) 348-6088
A benefit tasting for Hamilton and Morton schools. The best beers from the world's best craft brewers will be served without limit to discriminating craft beer drinkers who want to do their own small part to make the world a better place. Craft Day Afternoon will also feature unlimited food, a souvenir glass and a prize drawing featuring the opportunity to win a 55" LCDTV with free installation as well as two tickets to the Great Taste of the Midwest. Randy Mosher will also sign his books, Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer. Tasting takes place indoors and out, weather permitting. WHY: Needs as basic as libraries, safe outdoor play areas and music, arts and sports programs are not all offered at all CPS schools. The teachers and parents at Hamilton and Morton Elementary Schools - supported by Map Room Chicago and Fizz Chicago - are committed to raising the funds necessary to providing the best opportunities available to their students.
TICKET INFO: Event tickets: $50 (strictly limited to 300) Prize Drawing tickets: $20 To purchase and for more information: fizzchicago.com or maproom.com. Winner need not be present.
Including beers from: Allagash; Arcadia; Ayinger Celebrator; Bavik; Bell's; Boulevard; Brooklyn; Capital; Doubleheart (Yet another BRAND NEW brewer in Chicago I knew nothing about!); Duvel Moortgat; FiftyFifty; Firestone Walker Double Jack; Flossmoor Station; Founders; Goose Island; Great Divide; Great Lakes; Gulden Draak Vintage; Half Acre; Haymarket; Köstritzer; Magic Hat; Maredsous; Metropolitan; Mickey Finn's; New Belgium; New Holland; North Coast; Oakshire; Ommegang; Petrus Dubbel Bruin; Pipeworks; Rock Bottom Chicago; Shmaltz; Shorts; Southern Tier; Summit; The Pike; Three Floyds; Two Brothers; Unibroue; Van Steenberge; Weihenstephan; Wells & Young's; Wychwood, plus Chicago's own Koval Distilling; as well as 8-10 Fizz house beers and a few select brews from some of Chicago's favorite home brewers.
1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Elgin Public House Beer Fest
Elgin Public House - Pub 217, 219 E. Chicago St. Elgin IL (847) 468-8810
Elgin Public House is bringing a taste of Chicagos Craft Beer week to the western suburbs! For only $20 a head, $25 at the door, you get entrance and sampling tickets to our first annual Beer Fest! Brewers include: Bell's, Left Hand, Goose Island, Lagunitas, Two Brothers, Metropolitian, St. Peter's, Wychwood, Crispin Ciders, and many more to come! Plus an after hours event in our Pub 217, with the opportunity to chill with the brewers and get a couple samples! Make your reservations today!