The 6th Annual Chicago Craft Beer Week invites you to explore our city via great beer venues! The goal of Chicago Craft Beer Week is, as always, to entice patrons to explore the depth and breadth of local craft beer and honor those who enrich our community of beer lovers. Last year, more than 300 venues will participated, offering special $4 tastings of rare beers and other special events throughout the week. Festivities will begin with the “Beer Under Glass” event at Garfield Park Conservatory and end with the closing outdoor block party in the West Loop. Prior to the event, you can register to win prizes by sending photos to instagram with the #CCBW hashtag and winners will be picked on each day of Chicago Craft Beer Week. Visit the event website for a detailed description of events and venues.
Chicago’s celebration will again coincide with American Craft Beer Week (May 11-17, 2015). ACBW was started in 2006 and has grown each year. In 2013, ACBW events were held in all 50 states, paying homage to America’s more than 2,800 small, independent craft brewers. Chicago is proud to play a large role in this growing beer culture along with cities such as San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia.
“Beer Under Glass” is the official celebration and kick-off of the summer beer festival season held on May 14 at the Garfield Park Conservatory. With the restoration of the Conservatory’s glass roofs now complete, brewers will once again be located both inside the historic show houses and within the outdoor gardens of the Conservatory campus. Event attendees will be able to experience hand crafted beers while enjoying the beautiful display houses and the external grounds of the Conservatory. Guests will enjoy food samplings from 15 local restaurants and more than 75 breweries are expected to pour at this year’s BUG! This is a rain or shine event, so come prepared.
The Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago, Illinois is one of the largest and most stunning conservatories in the nation. Often referred to as “landscape art under glass,” the Garfield Park Conservatory occupies approximately 4.5 acres inside and out, and includes cold frames and propagation houses where thousands of plants are grown each year. Garfield Park Conservatory is located in Garfield Park — an 184-acre site located on Chicago’s redeveloping Westside designed as a pleasure ground by William LeBaron Jenney — serving as the centerpiece of the three great original Westside parks (Humboldt, Garfield, and Douglas). The Garfield Park Conservatory is one of Chicago’s best kept secrets and one of the nation’s botanical treasures. It ranks among Chicago’s most unique sites, attracting visitors from a variety of cultures, disciplines and interests. Both Garfield Park and its conservatory are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Over the years the Conservatory has been recognized as an internationally significant horticultural facility as well as a cultural asset to the surrounding community and the city of Chicago.
One of Chicago’s fastest growing neighborhoods, the West Loop has seen a slew of new sleek restaurant openings join the chic retail boutiques, galleries, design stores and antique sources that give the area its creative-edginess.