A Room with a Brew
With a storied legacy of influencing beer drinking culture nationally, Chicago has rightfully accepted the role as one of the world’s great beer cities. With almost 200 breweries located in the Chicagoland area and some of the best tavern culture in the world, the Windy City is the perfect location for experienced and novice beer drinkers alike.
Home to a large immigrant population, Chicago first arrived on the beer scene in 1855 with the Chicago Lager Riot. More than 200 men including 4 ministers were arrested due to liquor law violations targeting immigrant populations. Once tensions settled, many of the new laws written as on outcome of the Lager Riot changed the face of modern liquor legislation and are still on the books in Chicago and Illinois today.
Now more than 160 years later and boasting 10 medals from the Great American Beer Festival, Chicago is a fantastic place to start your journey to beer expert or to just enjoy a beercation. Columbus Tap and the Fairmont Chicago has several ways to experience the Second City’s beer culture.
Chicago Beer Classic
Whether you are pouring an old favorite or want to try something new, we have the ultimate beer lovers’ getaway for you. Escape to the Windy City for the Chicago Beer Classic on May 5, 2018 at Soldier Field. Be inspired as you meet with master brewers, learn about local breweries and even feel like part of the team as you take a stadium tour. Pick your poison with General Admission Tickets and accommodations in our newly refreshed guestrooms or upgrade to our VIP Experience including additional time and samples as well as access to the CBC VIP Lounge and the privileges of Fairmont Gold.
Rooms with a Brew 'bout Town Package
For those who like to multi-task, make the most of your trip to Chicago with the ‘bout Town Package. Guided by the experts at Chicago Beer Experience, you will learn some of the Windy City's more colorful history while tasting beers from around the Midwest and nibbling on Chicago's world famous deep dish pizza. From a speakeasy to a blues club, sip your way through the Loop.
Festivals & Events
If there is one thing that Chicago certainly does better than any other city it is festivals. Stemming back to 1892 World’s Fair, Chicago has always upstaged the competition when it comes to uniting its residents for a street party. What better way to enjoy the summer in Chicago than combining three of our favorite things: festivals, eating and drinking. From the Chicago Beer Classic to the legendary Taste of Chicago, keep up with the Windy City’s best tasting events.
Or, if your prefer, sample the best Windy City beers without leaving ever leaving your bar stool, at Columbus Tap.