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Chicago Area Craft Beer Weekend, June 5-7

Chicago Area Craft Beer Weekend, June 5-7
With more establishments moving toward limited reopening in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 virus shut down, I'm taking the optimistic step of removing my articles detailing self-quarantine business hours from the "sticky" status on my blogroll. Part of this is due to the fact that decisions on re-opening are being made at the last minute. These events could change again at the last minute due to curfews or management concern from the current civic unrest in the area. I will try to keep up by updating status here. As places are reopening, I have been listing live music shows and food truck events, which was not my custom during the times when the calendar was much more crowded. But I want to give our beer joints a shout out for any event that might bring us out for some socially distant socializing...

Chicago Suburban Craft Beer Re-Opening Weekend, May 29-31

Chicago Suburban Craft Beer Re-Opening Weekend, May 29-31
Update: It's Thursday evening and I am still adding listings for re-opening establishments. Up to 30, and still that's not all of them. I have found a clarification: So far, only suburban locations will be able to enter Phase 3 this weekend. Places in Chicago are working on opening for next Friday. I have also had to truncate much of the information on safety restrictions that each place has listed, to spare your scrolling thumbs. I cannot guarantee each one will have the same set of rules, so check ahead. I have tried to differentiate who is taking only reservations, and who is "first come, first served."
Hey, there! It's late Wednesday night and I'd hoped by now that I'd a nice big list of all the Illinois-side-of-the-line brewers and bars doing the socially-distant reopening this weekend. But then I had 3 extra hours of work from home tonight. Gotta watch my priorities: writing about beer while drinking beer, or making extra money which can be used to buy more beer… Hmm… So I have a start on the establishments that have announced their weekend plans. I'll keep adding to this list, though I'm sure I'll miss some. Many places may not be opening because they have not got space for outdoor seating, or they're still working with their home towns and guidelines. So if you plans on going out to these places, please do check their websites for all the restrictions they might require, especially if they can only seat people who reserve in advance. And please follow the rules about wearing your mask. You might be able to take it of while eating or drinking. Don't be a dick and ruin it for the rest of the state...

Chicago Post-Memorial Beer Week, May 26-28

Chicago Post-Memorial Beer Week, May  26-28
I'm putting this out (minus the Monday for Memorial Day) and hoping to start compiling reopening plans for Chicago area bars and beer brewers starting Friday, May 29th. These will all be restricted to outdoor seating spaces, so not everyone will be able to open...
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Chicago's Memorial Day Beer Weekend, May 22-25

Chicago's Memorial Day Beer Weekend, May 22-25
Update: In the midst of these strange times and of places closing down, I've just added news of two new brewers opening this weekend! Art History Brewing in Geneva is open for carryout beer orders, and Urban Forest Craft Brewing opens Saturday in Rockford! Check the details below!
First, the good news (maybe): The state of Illinois and Gov. Pritzker announced Wednesday that bars and restaurants may open for limited outdoor seating starting Friday, May 29. I will try to keep up with posted plans, and get out an early events schedule as a learn about them (Chicago Tribune article). And, some not-so-good news (maybe): Rather than open along with other establishments in Indiana, Three Floyds brewpub in Munster had furloughed its employees, and not set a date for a possible return. The move has been speculated as based on financial issues, or the Floyds' slow progress on a new facility, founder Nick Floyd told Josh Noel, “I can’t put people in danger. No one should die over a beer. I would die for beer and probably will, but I’m not going to make people endanger themselves.” The fact that the brewpub only has space for 70 patrons may have contributed to the decision. Three Floyds commercial brewing and distilling operations will continue (Chicago Tribune). Also of note: This is the last weekend for Brixie's, the Brookfield beer bar opened in 1934. The bar was purchased by Imperial Oak of Willow Springs, which will be turning it into a second brewery and taproom. Chris DiBraccio had been managing Brixie's since 2002, taking over from his father-in-law Russel Brixie. DiBraccio is also one of the owners of Imperial Oak. More details below. I've left a space for Monday events for the Memorial Day holiday. Usually holidays are pretty light, beer-wise, but something may be announced at the last-minute...

Chicago Craft Beer Remote Week, May 18-21

Chicago Craft Beer Remote Week, May 18-21
Our experiment in isolation may start to show some cracks, as restaurants in Indian start opening this week. Will new rules for keep separated from fellow patrons prove useful, or will we be closed down again by weeks end...

Chicago Remote Craft Beer Weekend, May 15-17

Chicago Remote Craft Beer Weekend, May 15-17
It appears some beer establishments in Indiana may be opening up further this weekend. I'll try to have some updates on the list of open bars and brewers on my right rail, what they call that column over there——>...
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Chicago's Home and Curbside Beer Week, May 11-14

Chicago's Home and Curbside Beer Week, May 11-14
I'm taking note of one aspect of many of these virtual events: they require you to place orders and pick up the beer in question a day or two ahead of the event's date. So read on ahead for these virtual happy hours, and make a note of the deadlines. And it seems odd to point this out, but May 11 is still the start of American Craft Beer Week. In Chicago this had usually been passed over in favor of Chicago Craft Beer Week. but that's not happening this year...

Chicago Craft Beer Mother's Day Weekend, May 8-10

Chicago Craft Beer Mother's Day Weekend, May 8-10
I've found a few more carry-out events for this Mother's Day weekend.Many more events are announced on the "day of," so please check back. I also have a listing to mark the start of the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild's new "Passport at Home." Pick up beer from a participating brewer or store and get a "Passport at Home" frame to snap a photo of your purchase and upload to social media. There are also a few more venues venturing to schedule events for further down the calendar, maybe starting late June...

Carryout and Virtual Chicago Beer Week, May 4-7

Carryout and Virtual Chicago Beer Week, May 4-7
It seemed we were starting to see a few events pick up over the weekend. But instead things are slowing to a few carryout beer releases and virtual get-togethers. These are still coming up last-minute, so please do check back here. Hey, back in February, I did an article on Shiner's S'Mores beer, which they had sent to me in a wooden presentation box, with gourmet img_1434 Tejas chocolate, a bag of marshmallows and graham cracker, a matchbook, and of course, beer. In fact, they accidentally sent me two of those boxes. I tried to give them away in a drawing. One was brought out to a happy reader, but we couldn't get together on the other one before the lockdown. So he said forget about it. So we finally made S'More's with the kit. Well, the marshmallows had gotten hard by this time, and the chocolate was too tasty to just smoosh into a S'More (but was well appreciated in itself). But the beer went well with it. And that paper packing excelsior made good tinder...
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Carryout and Virtual Craft Beer Weekend, May 1-3

Carryout and Virtual Craft Beer Weekend, May 1-3
Amid our concerns about brewers and establishments closing over the COVID-19 "stay-at-home", we actually news of new brewers. Crushed by Giants posted to their Facebook that they have passed all of their inspections, and are approved to operate as a brewery. The facility, from the owners of DryHop and Corridor breweries, is coming to 600 N. Michigan Ave., site of the former Heaven on Seven restaurant. Nik & Ivy Brewing has announced that they building a taproom at 1026 S. State St. in Lockport. They've already posted photos of fermentation tanks arriving at the downtown location, and are looking toward a summer opening. Also this week, Orland Park's village board has approved a redevelopment plan for the site of the closed Toy "R" Us store at 151st St. and LaGrange Rd. The plan would see a Chiptle and Panera Bread in one new building, a Raising Cane's Chicken Figures with a drive-through, and a BJ's Brewhouse as an "anchor." This would be the first Illinois location for the California-based chain. It would fill a gap in Orland Park after the closing of Granite City and with Rock Bottom's status uncertain. Patch You may notice most of the listings for online events are dropping the map icon linking to the Google Map of the location. I've set my script to drop it if the location starts with the word "online." But if the event suggests you get the beer for carryout, I'll try to leave it in...
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