Chicago Beer Classic: Soldier Field Style

Chicago’s largest beer fest, formerly known as the American Beer Classic, is back at it with a new name:

The Chicago Beer Classic

With the Chicago Beer Classic, you can get all the perks of a beer festival that’s packed with beer samples, food, and activities, but with a Soldier Field twist.


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General Admission gets you the following:

  • A Chicago Beer Classic signature tasting cup
  • New, local, and limited-release beers
  • Direct field tunnel access
  • Games and activities

On top of that, you can get the full Soldier Field-style Chicago Beer Classic experience through VIP tickets. VIP access includes all General Admission features, plus the following:

  • Tours of Soldier Field
  • Exclusive VIP space on the field
  • VIP lounge at Soldier Field’s “The Midway”
  • VIP seating
  • Exclusive access line for check-in
  • 60 total two-ounce samples (vs. 48 total two-ounce samples with General Admission)
  • Exclusive sampling options

And with VIP, you can enjoy all of that for an extra 30 minutes.



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Games and activities include making the ever-so-popular pretzel necklace and interactive beer knowledge throughout the fest.

Food can be purchased through select Soldier Field vendors.


Show your Chicago pride by trying out the Chicago Beer Classic’s local, Chicagoland, and Illinois brews. Check out the list of breweries:

  • Half Acre
  • Aquanaut
  • ATB: Around The Bend
  • Aleman
  • Berhoff
  • Atlas
  • Arcade
  • Local Option
  • Ferro Farms
  • Flossmoor Station
  • Smylie Brothers
  • Alarmist
  • Mars
  • Vice District
  • Bucket List
  • Empirical
  • Maplewood
  • Finch’s Beer Co.
  • Lake Effect
  • Ale Syndicate
  • Pollyanna
  • Hofbrauhaus
  • Moody Tongue
  • Blackbelt Brewery
  • 51st Ward
  • Little Egypt Beer
  • Noon Whistle Brewing
  • Banging Gavel
  • Cahoots
  • Brickstone
  • Alter
  • Pony
  • Small Town Brewery
  • Exit Strategy
  • BuckleDown
  • Ten Ninety
  • RAM
  • Granite City
  • Forbidden Root
  • Sweet Water
  • Tocayo
  • Prairie Kraft

And of course, our Chicago favorites:

  • Revolution
  • Lagunitas
  • Goose Island

Not a full-fledged beer fan? Try the cider and wine options:

  • Right Bee Cider
  • Virtue Cider
  • Bantam Cider
  • McKenzie’s Cider
  • Wild Blossom Wine

Chicago Beer Classic Details

Date: May 7, 2016
Time: Session 1: VIP – 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. General Admission – 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Session 2: VIP – 3:30-7 p.m. General Admission – 4-7 p.m.
Pricing: VIP – $85 General Admission $65 Designated Driver $25 (Limited time pricing)
Address: Soldier Field: 1410 Museum Campus Dr, Chicago, IL 60605


If you attended the festival last year, let us know what you enjoyed the most below!

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