FAQ

What are the event details? 

Chicago Ale Fest - Summer

June 1st, 2019
Early Admission
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
General Admission
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Butler Field – Grant Park
235 S Columbus Dr
Chicago, IL 60603

Chicago Ale Fest - Winter

February 2nd, 2019
Early Admission
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
General Admission
4:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Lacuna Artist Lofts
2150 S Canalport Ave
Chicago, IL 60608


Will Tickets Be Available At The Door?
Probably. Well, maybe. It all depends on how many tickets are purchased ahead of time (and we anticipate selling out). So buy your tickets now.

I can longer attend the fest, can I get a refund?
All ticket sales are final, and we don’t offer exchanges or refunds. Why don’t you find someone who would dig a giant craft beer fest and give your tickets to them out of the kindness of your heart?

Can I bring my kids?
Sorry, this party is for adults only. We’ll card at the door and will only admit those who are 21 and over, and can prove it with a valid form of government issued identification.

Where can I purchase a designated driver ticket?  
You can purchase a designated driver ticket at the day of ticket sales tent at the event. (Designated drivers MUST be 21+ to come into the fest)

Can I bring my dog?
Unless your dog is THIS DOG, don’t bring it. Pets are not allowed at Chicago Ale Fest.

Can I bring outside food and drinks?
No. We think the food and drink we have inside the fest is pretty damn good. We’ll provide water for drinking and rinsing your glasses and we have a ton of tasty food options. We’ll make an exception for pretzel necklaces. We like those.

Can I bring my own chair?
Sure, I guess.

Will food be available?
Yes. Some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks will be in attendance.

Will there be Chicago Ale Fest merchandise?
Yes, and you should totally get some, it’s awesome.

Why are there drink tickets?
Because there are laws, and we like to keep in compliance with them. It’s complicated, and you can read all about it HERE, but basically, just trust us — this is how it needs to be. Chicago Ale Fest ticket holders will receive 20 drink tickets when they arrive. Each drink ticket can be exchanged for a 3 oz sample and additional tickets will be available for $0.50.

Can I bring a backpack or a big purse?
We would prefer that you don't but if you must, backpacks and big purses will be subject to search.