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Cheers: City Introduces 'Friday Night Flights' Beer Fests

By Patty Wetli | May 18, 2017 11:50am | Updated on May 19, 2017 11:34am
 The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago announced the
The Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago announced the "Friday Night Flights" series: Six fests, scheduled between June and August, each held in a different neighborhood brewing hub.
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RAVENSWOOD — Chicago's craft beer scene has grown so large, a single summer fest celebrating the city's homegrown breweries won't do.

On Thursday, the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Choose Chicago announced the "Friday Night Flights" series: Six fests, scheduled between June and August, each held in a different neighborhood brewing hub.

How it will work: Buy a sampling pass in advance for $15 (or $20 at the door), get 10 three-ounce pours in return. Food will be available for an additional cost ($5 per item). Group passes — $80 for six — can also be purchased.

All events take place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., rain or shine, and will include local entertainment.

The lineup:

• June 2; Pilsen, Bridgeport and Pullman; 2700 block of South Eleanor Street, outside The Duck Inn.

Participating breweries: Mad Mouse, Lagunitas , Marz, Argus, Whiner, Lo Rez and Alulu Brewpub.

• June 16; Milwaukee Avenue's "Hipster Highway"; Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and Avondale; 2700 block of North Milwaukee Avenue.

Participating breweries: Piece, Pipeworks, Revolution, Hopewell, Aleman and Lake Effect.

• July 7; Lincoln Park and Lakeview; location TBD.

Participating breweries: Dryhop, Burnt City, Greenstar, Corridor Brewery & Provisions, Andersonville Brewing, Goose Island-Clybourn.

• July 21; Loop, South Loop and Bronzeville; 2300 block of South Indiana Avenue; the Original Chicago Blues All Stars set to perform.

Participating breweries: Vice District, Motor Row, Baderbrau, Rock Bottom, Eataly's Birreria and Gino's East.

• Aug. 11; West Loop and West Town; 300 block of North Sangamon Street.

Participating breweries: Goose Island, Haymarket, Forbidden Root, Cruz Blanca Cerveceria, On Tour Brewing Company, All Rise, Illuminated Brew Works, Great Central Brewing and Finch Beer Company.

• Aug. 25; Ravenswood's new Malt Row; 4700 block of North Ravenswood Avenue.

Participating breweries: Begyle, Half Acre, Spiteful, Dovetail, Band of Bohemia, Old Irving Brewing, Maplewood and Alarmist.