Chicago Ale Fest
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This Grant Park beer fest from the organizers behind Naperville Ale Fest brings together approximately 100 breweries from across the country, each pouring at least two beers during two sessions. The goal, founders say, is to offer some recognizable brews from Sierra Nevada, Stone and other big names, while also introducing people to smaller, local breweries including Flesk, SlapShot and Pipeworks. Tents and food trucks set up around Buckingham Fountain, and the event happens rain or shine. Admission includes 20 drink tickets redeemable for 3-ounce samples, with the option to purchase additional tickets for 50 cents.