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The Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review

The Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review

OAK PARK, IL

This weekend sees the return of the Oak Park Micro Brew and Food Review, held every summer for the last eight year in the nearby Chicago suburb. This year's iteration features an astounding 92 brewers, many of them local, pouring some really great beers. As the official summer fundraising event for the Illinois Craft Brewer's Guild, you can expect the caliber of beer to be up from your typical weekend booze-fest that's all too common around the city nowadays.

Chicago Craft Crawl #6: Irving Park Road

Chicago Craft Crawl #6: Irving Park Road

IRVING PARK RD., CHICAGO

Trip number six in our craft-focused exploration of Chicago led us up to Irving Park Road. There are plenty of options that come to mind when thinking of the quintessential Chicago street. Unless you live nearby, we're betting Irving Park Road isn't the first to come to mind. However, consider just where it can get you. Starting in the east at Lakeshore Drive, the busy road daggers through the likes of Lakeview, Northcenter, Albany Park, Old Irving, and Portage Park, to name a few. It also passes three L lines, making it an easy stopping point. During our afternoon of bar hopping, we quickly discovered how easy it is to find a quality beer along Irving Park in one of its fine bordering neighborhoods. From our first stop in Buena Park to our final stop near the Kennedy, we discovered a wealth of craft beer at incredibly diverse locations.

Chicago Craft Crawl #3: Blue Line - O'Hare Branch

Chicago Craft Crawl #3: Blue Line - O'Hare Branch

The Hop Review is back with our third Chicago Craft Crawl! As you'll remember from our first and second crawls, we use only the trains and buses of the CTA to reach some of the city's best beer spots, all while exploring the neighbourhoods that make Chicago great. Check out the first two editions for our rules but it's all pretty simple. Don't take any cabs, drink some great beer, and have some fun checking out the city.

So load up that Ventra card and prepare yourself for an afternoon of great beer and sightseeing with The Hop Review's Chicago Craft Crawl. Next up in our series: CTA Blue Line - O'Hare Branch.