2019 Chicago Ale Fest - An Art and Ale Festival

For the summer of 2019 the Chicago Ale Fest is teaming up with the Gold Coast Art Fair at Butler Field in Grant Park. Join us on Chicago's front lawn for one of the most anticipated summer craft beer and art events of the year. 


The Chicago Ale Fest returns on Saturday, June 1st to Butler Field in Grant Park. The fest will feature more than 200 craft beers, live music and some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks. Our unique “festival within a festival” concept brings four mini-festival experiences inside the gates of Grant Park, including Cider Alley, Lager Lane and a mini-food truck fest. It’s going to be a blast!!

Pro-tip: Tickets are selling fast, so don’t delay…


Gold Coast Art Fair
We’re also teaming up with the Gold Coast Art Fair which is taking place at the same place and same time. Chicago Ale Fest ticket holders will have access to the art fair. Come for the beer, stay for the live art demos, speed painting, and artisan pieces.


Yoga In The Park
As if that wasn’t enough, we’re also hosting a special pre-event fitness and yoga session on Saturday morning for those who like waking up early for an early-morning workout, before diving into the plethora of craft beer and food options. And for the first time, the Chicago Ale Fest will host a pretzel necklace contest! Create your own pretzel necklace using your favorite, craziest, and other original ingredients


A Giant Party In Chicago’s Most Beautiful Venue
There’s something special about Grant Park - something so uniquely “Chicago.” You’ve got the glimmering lake on one side, the sprawling skyline on the other, and a giant field of grass so fresh you’ll forget all about the nine months of Winter. What could make this venue better? How about a fresh, crisp, cold beer in hand? How about 199 other options to choose from?


200+ Craft Beers
Expect a lot of craft beer. A LOT of beer. We’ve pulled together over 200 of the best beers this country has to offer, which means you’ll have no shortage of options.

Cider Alley
Cider Alley is a special place at our festival for those with a taste for something outside of the beer lane. It’s a tasty side trip from the malts, yeasts and hops into the world of ciders. We’ll be featuring craft ciders from Chicago and beyond, all perfect summer sipping.

Lager Lane
The growing trend of craft lagers is one that we at Chicago Ale Fest and Lou Dog Events are really excited about. These aren’t your watered down, fizzy yellow “domestic beers.” They’re full-flavored and complex, sometimes with a touch of hops, but always easy-drinking.

Cocktail Lounge
Not feeling like drinking beer all day? No problem, we’ve got you covered! We will have some of your favorite spirits mixed in with tasty mixers to make a perfect cocktail.


Mini Food Truck Fest
There are few things we love more than food trucks. That’s why we’re packing Chicago Ale Fest with a mini food truck fest, and bringing 10 of our favorite trucks in the gates. Besides the 200+ craft beer options, you’ll have tons of tasty food options to pair.


Tickets are on sale now! Don’t delay, we promise you don’t want to miss out on the best summer beer event around.

Josh Seago