We’re in love with Chicago’s food scene, but add beer (or our winter favorite, cider) to the mix and you’ve got a winning combination. Here’s to a delicious night on the town at one of these five boozy events.
Barleywine Blowout Beer Dinner
Into vintage brews? Howells & Hood will be pairing up with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. to deliver a taste of cult-favorite ale Bigfoot Barleywine (think bold, intense taste with bittersweet malt and lots of hops). Sample selections ranging from 2011 to 2015 while feasting on Executive Chef Brett Neubauer’s curated menu. Go for the Australian truffle and sweet potato galette, or tuck into a plate of venison sausage. An added bonus? There’s a carving station complete with wild boar, lamb, and porcelet. Jan. 29 at 6 p.m. 435 N. Michigan Ave., 312-262-5310
Magic Beer Dinner
Tokio Pub and local brewery Scorched Earth Brewing Co. will deliver a whimsical beer dinner that’s sure to live up to its name. While a live magician performs, guests will be treated to a four-course meal of Japanese-American cuisine. The first course pairs small bites of tuna, steak tartar, and oysters with the Berliner Weisse, a light, refreshing ale. Later, sip on an Imperial IPA while savoring the lobster ramen. Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. 1900 E. Higgins Road, Schaumburg, 847-278-5181
Green Flash Brewing Co. Beer Dinner
Craft beer fanatics will love Hub 51’s three-course, family-style meal paired with five beers from San Diego-based Green Flash Brewing Co. Slated for the menu are Chef Michael Bellovich’s crispy fish tacos matched with Green Flash’s West Coast IPA, and a roasted heritage pork shoulder paired with Hop Head Red Double IPA. Other drink choices include a Belgian-American hybrid beer Le Freak, Double Stout black ale, and East Village Pilsner. Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. 51 W. Hubbard, 312-828-0051
Mardi Gras Beer Dinner
Don your beads and prepare to get wild as Cajun-style restaurant Heaven on Seven throws its Mardi Gras beer dinner with Louisiana-based craft brewery Abita Brewing Co. The whopping seven-course meal features Southern favorites like Cajun shrimp stew, red bean soup served with crawfish cornbread, and grillades with grits. Beer choices run the gamut from spiced ale to the Grapefruit Harvest IPA. Finish everything off with a triple-chocolate stout poundcake accompanied by the Naughty Quaker, an oatmeal stout with caramel, chocolate, and roasted malts—we’re swooning. Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. 224 S. Main St., Naperville, 312-263-6443
Warm your bones with samples of more than 150 artisanal ciders from around the world at the Cider Summit in the Navy Pier Grand Ballroom. While you imbibe and snack on food pairings, cider-makers will be present to talk shop. It's all for a great cause, too; proceeds will benefit Chicago-based anti-poverty organization Heartland Alliance and the Great Lakes Cider & Perry Association. Feb. 7 at 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 4p.m.-8p.m. Purchase tickets here. 600 E. Grand Ave.