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'Beer Bingo' Rewards Craft Brew Fans in Lincoln Square, North Center

 Earn bingo points for enjoying Chicago's craft beer scene.
Earn bingo points for enjoying Chicago's craft beer scene.
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Sarah Morton Comics

LINCOLN SQUARE — This is not your grandmother's bingo.

Local blogger Meryl Williams and comics artist Sarah Morton have taken the game loved by senior citizens and turned it into a challenge for craft beer aficionados, centered on Lincoln Square/Ravenswood/North Center's thriving craft beer scene.

Join The Grafton's beer club — earn a point. Drink a Half Acre brew on the rooftop deck at Fountainhead — point. Take a brewery tour at Metropolitan — point.

Admit it, that's a lot more fun than putting a bingo chip on a square called B-7.

The idea for the game was sparked by Williams' coverage of Lincoln Square/North Center's status as a craft beer mecca. Morton, who contributes regular comics to Williams site, 60625news, reimagined the article as a map and a friend suggested they take the concept one step further with bingo.

Williams approached local businesses to gauge their interest.

"All of them were enthusiastic," she said.

Pick up playing cards (limit one per person) at The Bad Apple, The Grafton, DANK Haus, Fountainhead, Brew Camp or Bottles and Cans. Participants have until Sept. 21 to score a bingo — complete five squares vertically, horizontally or diagonally. The first 30 to submit their entries will win a customized pint glass.

For true devotees, Williams and Morton added an extra degree of difficulty: Complete all 25 squares on the card — called a blackout or coverall — and snag additional prizes.

Williams admits the game is based on the honor system, so let's play fair folks. Have each completed square validated by the participating venue.

Submit winning bingo cards by emailing a photo of your completed card to 60625news@gmail.com. Prizes available while supplies last.