Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, abbreviated

I am sorry to say that a hospital stay has been extended for me, and I don’t have access to a proper computer to compile the many listings for the weekend. It’s nothing dire, but it does have to do with my ability to “recycle” a beer. I should be at full capacity in time to do my full event listing for the week ahead, posting Sunday evening.

Here is a quick rundown of the major events for this weekend:


Oktoberfest with Maplewood ⋅4:00 – 6:00pm

Orange & Brew Bottle Shop & Tap, 1027 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove, IL (630) 541-3880

Start flexing those stein-hoisting muscles and get ready to show off how long you can hold a mug full of delicious Maplewood Festbier! We’ll have prizes for the winner!In addition, you can try five other Maplewood beers on draft, get some Maplewood swag, and steins.We’ll also have Oktoberfest-inspired food available for purchase from Pinecone Cottage, including Beer-Simmered Brats with Bavarian Sauerkraut, German Potato Salad, German Apple Cake, and other delicious fare!

Beer Under Glass * 3-10 pm

Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N Central Park Ave., Chicago

The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, the nonprofit trade association representing nearly 300 craft breweries in Illinois, today announced its annual Beer Under Glass (BUG) festival and fundraiser will return to Garfield Park Conservatory. General admission tickets are $75. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit


We are turning 6 12:00 – 9:00pm

Only Child Brewing Co., 1350 Tri State Pkwy., Gurnee, IL 224-656-5241

Come stop in & say hi on Saturday 8/21 as we celebrate our 6th year in Gurnee & release a couple beers!!!
O.C.toberfest Festbier returns for all you who constantly ask us to brew that year round 
Jeepers Creepers Pumpkin Pie Milk Stout makes it debut in this spooktacular new label by the ever so talented Tank Tizzo

14th Annual Oak Park Micro Brew Review ⋅2:00 – 6:00pm

100 N. Marion St., Downtown Oak Park, IL

Join us in downtown Oak Park for brews, bites and tunes at the largest zero-waste craft beer fest in the Midwest! Enjoy a great beer festival and help raise vital funds for Seven Generations Ahead, an environmental non-profit working to promote healthy and sustainable communities. Featuring over 85 inventive brews from 40+ of the Midwest’s finest craft breweries, live music and small plates from local restaurants. This is one of Chicagoland’s top craft beer festivals of the summer. And with nothing from the event going to landfill, by coming to our event you’re doing a good thing for the planet too! The Oak Park Micro Brew Review is a fundraising event. Tickets are non-refundable. Early tickets are $50 through Eventbrite. Only general admission tickets will be available at the gate for $60. For best availability and prices, purchase tickets ahead.

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