Chicago's Week in Beer, July 26-29

Chicago's Week in Beer, July 26-29
Skeleton Key Brewery

Just got back from vacation Sunday, and compiling the events for this week. Will have a few news items in my next calendar listing.

The big “SKB Strong” fundraiser for Skeleton Key Brewery takes place Monday. And Skeleton Key has cleared away enough tornado debris to have some drive-up canned beer releases at its Woodridge location.

Monday, July 26

3:00 – 10:00 pm • SKB Strong Relief Benefit
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
As many of you are aware, Skeleton Key Brewery was hit by a tornado on June 20th. While no one was inside and everyone is safe, the storm destroyed both taprooms. This is leaving SKB without a home or taproom.
We here at Miskatonic knew we had to step up. We have partnered with local breweries, musicians, and vendors to do our part. 
Miskatonic will be hosting a Relief Benefits on July 26th. Proceeds will go directly too SKB.
JD Kostyk has called up The Nonessentials to help put on an amazing set and keep the energy going. There are a total of 10 bands on two stages.
Burn’n Bull will be serving food starting at 4 to fill your bellies. There will 12 beers on tap including several guest beers.
We will be taking donations for a raffle. Please email our Taproom Manager Paul if interested. His email is
A GoFund Me has been created for them as well. Link here.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Monday Night Trivia
Une Année Brewery, 6343 W Gross Point Rd., Niles, IL (847) 635-0655 Map
Monday Night Trivia with Pub Trivia Usa. Free to Play. Great prizes. Beer. BBQ. Trivia.

7:00 – 8:00 pm • Backyard Yoga with Stefanie
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Join us and Yoga Instructor Stefanie Tanacea for an hour of Side Lot Backyard Yoga followed by a refreshing Side Lot Draft Beer.
Class is $25 through Tock, and includes Two Drinks
The Brewery will remain open to participants 1 hour after class.
These classes are outside. In the event of inclement weather, the class will be rescheduled. [Classes Are Non-Refundable]

Tuesday, July 27

4:00 – 6:00 pm • Another Round of Shots
Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst, IL 630-834-2739 Map
This Tuesday from 4pm-6pm swing by the Brew Pub for onsite Vaccines. Receive the Pfizer or J&J vaccine on-site and choose between a free flight of beer or a soft drink/iced tea on us!

6:00 – 8:30 pm • FIT4MOM Body Boost & Brews
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
FIT4MOM Greater NW Chicago Suburbs is turning 5 this month, and we want to celebrate!!!! Come hang out with us and the team at Buffalo Creek Brewing for a fun night out!
6:00pm: Check in
6:15-6:45pm: FREE Total Body Workout(bring water and yoga mat. Please wear gym shoes)
6:45-8:30pm: Stay to meet and mingle with other moms in the area while enjoying delicious beers!
We cannot wait to meet, sweat and drink with you! 
Free registration at Eventbrite.

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Belgian Golden Strong Tasting at CHAOS
CHAOS Brew House, 2417 W. Hubbard St., Chicago (773) 273-9430 Map
Join us for a tasting workshop focusing on commercial examples of Belgian Golden Strong Ales at 2417 W. Hubbard St.
RSVP here.

7:00 pm • Side Lot Bingo!
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
We’re playing Bingo again!
Get ready to shake your balls every Tuesday night at Side Lot Brewery. Limited seating is available both inside and outside. Reservations are HIGHLY recommended.

8:00 pm • Piece 20th Anniversary Party with Rick Nielsen
Piece Pizzeria & Brewery, 1927 W. North Ave., Chicago 773-772-4422 Map
Rick called and said, “let’s celebrate appropriately.” 
Rick Nielsen and The Nielsen Trust will be playing our 20th Anniversary Party. No cover. Space is limited. So get in early, enjoy pizza and beer, and raise your pints to 20 years.

Wednesday, July 28

5:00 – 7:00 pm • SKB Hazy IPA Release
Skeleton Key Brewery, 8102 Lemont Rd., Unit 300, Woodridge, IL (630) 395-9033 Map
We’ve got a brand-new Hazy IPA, Citrus Mountain, headed into cans on July 28, and it will be available in 4-packs for purchase that evening at Skeleton Key, from 5-7pm. Please park and then walk up to purchase. We hope to set up out front, but if we’re not there, head around back!

5:30 – 8:30 pm • Malt Row on Damen
N. Damen Ave, between Leland & Argyle, Chicago  Map
The Ravenswood community comes together for the 3rd Annual ‘Malt Row on Damen’ craft beer stroll on Wednesday, July 28, from 5:30-8:30 pm. The Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce partners together with Malt Row breweries and distilleries to give Chicagoans a taste of what Malt Row has to offer at local shops and restaurants along Damen Avenue!
Fun fact: all the beer produced at Malt Row on Damen comes from within 1 mile of the event!
Located along Damen Avenue between Leland and Argyle, strollers will enjoy a diverse selection of beer tastings while visiting a variety of local small businesses. Participating breweries and distilleries include Begyle Brewing Co., Empirical Brewery, Gnome Brew, KOVAL Distillery, Smylie Brothers Brewing Co., and Urban Brew Labs.
Besides the breweries, additional Ravenswood businesses participating in the stroll include Amy’s Candy Bar, Bon Femmes, District, Mint Home, Noble Coyote, Ponnopozz, Ravensgoods, and more! Once strollers have finished exploring, they can visit the Ravenswood Farmers Market for an evening with live music, fresh food, and a plethora of special guest vendors. More information on participating vendors coming soon.
Tickets are $30 and include at least 8 five-ounce tasting pours, a Malt Row tasting glass, coozie/lanyard combo, and a swag bag with neighborhood goodies.
For more information regarding Malt Row on Damen including a full map of participants and to purchase tickets, visit:

7:00 pm • Friends Trivia
The Brass Tap, 14225 95th Ave. Ste. 400, Orland Park, IL 708-226-1827 Map
It’s the trivia you all have been waiting for! Friends Trivia is back! Call the bar to reserve your table today . Hosted by Finer Points Trivia

Thursday, July 29

2:00 pm • Fox Trot
Downtown St. Charles, IL  Map
This walking tour through historic St. Charles, “The Pride of the Fox”, includes stops at 3 breweries in 3 hours.
Tour includes beer samples, behind the scenes look at the brewing process and informative discussions on various beer styles. Along the way, learn some history of brewing in the local area. Tour stops include D and G Brewing Co., Pollyanna Brewing Co., and Alter Brewing Co.
Minimum number of guests for tour to run is 6 people. If the minimum is not met, we will contact you ahead of your reservation to reschedule.
What to Bring: Valid Identification, Comfortable Walking Shoes
Reservations $70 through

4:00 – 9:30 pm • Thursday Night Tacos!
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
You’ve been asking when Tacos are coming back to Side Lot.
Taco Thursdays kick off on June 3rd and will continue every Thursday night.
Make your reservations!

4:00 pm • Lucky Burger at Black Lung
Black Lung Brewing Co., 2217 N. IL Rt. 83, Round Lake Beach, IL (224) 643-7204 Map
Come get yo’ Lucckkkyyy Buuurrrger!

4:00 – 10:00 pm • Vinyl Night at Black Lung
Black Lung Brewing Co., 3232 Monroe, Waukegan, IL (847) 340-3320 Map
We have vinyl night every Thursday evening! Bring a record and we will even give you $1 off while your vinyl spins! Rain or shine! Shutdown if we have a band!

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Hoppy Hour at Ravinia Brewing (Chicago location)
Ravinia Brewing Chicago, 2601 W. Diversey Ave., Chicago 773-799-8050 Map
CHAOS Brew Club member Nik Allen went pro a few years ago, and we’re going to check out his latest beers at Ravinia’s Chicago brewpub.

5:30 – 7:30 pm • Music Bingo at Noon Whistle Brewing
Noon Whistle Brewing, 800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard, IL ​(630) 376-6895 Map
Join us the last Thursday of each month for two full hours of Music Bingo at Noon Whistle in Lombard!
Enjoy some delicious brews and great music with a chance to win prizes at the same time.
Please respect and follow all COVID-19 restrictions set in place by the venue so everyone has a great, and safe, time.

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Keep The Pint Night at Kuma’s Corner Schaumburg
Kuma’s Corner Schaumburg, 1570 E. Golf Rd., Schaumburg, IL 847-240-1200 Map
Swing through Kuma’s Corner in Schaumburg and grab yourself a pint of Maplewood’s finest and take the glass home!
Draft List:
Son of Juice – Hazy IPA
Willo Witbier – Belgian-Style Wheat
Juice Jorts – Hazy Pale Ale
Fizzle Drizzle – Imperial Fruited Sour
Painting Rainbows – DDH DIPA

6:00 pm • Trivia at Great Central
Great Central Brewing Co., 221 N. Wood St., Chicago (855) 464-4222 Map
Love to test your knowledge while sharing some laughs with friends, and 24 beers on tap?!
Maybe you just want to try something different than your typical Thursday night?
Our Trivia night is for you!

6:30 – 10:00 pm • “Train with Brain” Running Club
Blue Island Beer Co., 13357 Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL (708) 954-8085 Map
Our good friend Brian Fee is training for the Chicago Marathon, and you can join him every Thursday til October! He’s raising money for Mercy Home for Boys and Girls and you can donate at this link.
Each week you can plan on running at the most 4 miles and your first beer is on Blue Island Beer Co.!

6:30 – 8:30 pm • Chicago Brew Cruise
Chicago Fireboat Tours  Map
Chicago Fireboat Tours and Phase Three Brewing Co. are partnering up to offer one of the most unique experiences in Chicago, every Thursday evening all summer-long!!
Phase Three Brewing Company will be bringing just days-old fresh, new releases directly from their Chicagoland brewery every week to serve aboard Chicago Fireboat Tours’ 1933 retired Chicago Fireboat, the Fred A. Busse.
Boarding begins at 6:00p.m and the boat departs at 6:30pm for a 2-hour sunset cruise. The Brew Cruise will start on the lake, float through the locks and right into the heart of downtown Chicago via the Chicago River, enjoying world-class views, an amazing sunset, and great music; all paired with fresh, innovative craft beers and hard seltzers.
Tickets are $45 per person at, and include your 1st Phase Three brew once onboard. 

7:30 pm • Side Lot Trivia
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Are you the smartest one in the Taproom? The only way to find out is to join Side Lot Brewery on Thursday nights at 7:30pm for Taproom Trivia.
7 Rounds with varying categories. Free to Play, Prizes to Win!

7:30 – 9:00 pm • Trivia Night at Elmhurst Brewing Company
Elmhurst Brewing Co., 171 N. Addison Ave., Elmhurst, IL 630-834-2739 Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Join Sean with Baig of Tricks Entertainment for two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and everyone’s favorite – the music round!
While we’re testing your wit, EBC will keep you fueled up with a fantastic selection of craft brews and delicious food!
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:
1) Elmhurst Brewing Company will be taking reservations for this event and, if any spots are open, walk-up teams the night of the event as well. Call to reserve your spot directly with EBC at 630-834-2739
2) Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
3) The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
4) Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.

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