FAQ

What are the event details? 

Chicago Ale Fest - Winter Edition

January 11, 2020
Early Entry 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
General Admission 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Navy Pier Aon Grand Ballroom
600 E Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611


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 no 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.

Will there be a coat check?

Due to limited venue space, there will not be a coat check on-site.

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.

Is this a rain or shine event?

The Chicago Ale Fest is a rain or shine event. However, in the case of unsafe conditions - lightning, tornado, earthquake, tsunamis, hurricanes, zombie apocalypse, etc., the fest will close the grounds until conditions are safe to re-open.

*Please check our Facebook page for updates.