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By: Camron Miller

This past weekend the kick off to season two of Friday Night Flights took place right outside Chicago’s beloved Wrigley Field, home of the 2016 World Series Champions the Chicago Cubs. On what was a beautiful summer day people were all lined up outside right on N. Clark Street with the excitement of tasting one of the many breweries and food vendors in attendance on their mind. Music from a live DJ turned what might have looked like an adult party into family fun as a lot of families were in attendance enjoying the warm summer air and the taste of a cold brew and some BBQ. Chicago Friday Night Flights is produced by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild in partnership with Choose Chicago. Friday Night Flight is also home to 65+ neighborhood breweries.

For those who are 21 and up in attendance, you can pre-purchase a tasting pass online for $15 or you can buy one when you get to the event for $20. This year’s participating breweries to kick off the event were;

PARTICIPATING BREWERIES

  • Alarmist Brewing
  • Aleman Brewing
  • Argus Brewery
  • Band of Bohemia
  • Begyle Brewing
  • Dovetail Brewery
  • Empirical Brewery
  • ERIS Brewery & Cider House
  • Finch Beer Co.
  • Goose Island
  • Great Central Brewing Co.
  • Greenstar Brewing
  • Half Acre Beer Co.
  • Haymarket Brewery
  • Illuminated Brew Works
  • Lake Effect Brewing
  • Lo Rez Brewing
  • Maplewood Brewery & Distillery
  • Moody Tongue
  • Motor Row Brewing
  • Off Color Brewing
  • Old Irving Brewing Co.
  • On Tour Brewing
  • Pipeworks
  • Ravinia Brewing
  • Revolution Brewing
  • Spiteful Brewing
  • Whiner Beer Co.

For those of you who weren’t able to make the kickoff, there’s no reason to fret as the schedule for Friday Night Lights has been put up on the Choose Chicago website.

FRI June 29th-Milwaukee Avenue Corridor, 2521 N. Kedzie Boulevard, 6-9pm

FRI July 20th-31st Street Beach, Pier 31 @31st Street Beach, 6-9pm

FRI August 3-Ravenswood Corridor, 4700 N Ravenswood, 6-9pm

FRI August 17-West Loop & Loop, 1102 W Kinzie Street, 6-9pm

FRI September 14-Chicago Riverwalk, Water Plaza & Jetty coves (Clark St-Franklin St)

If the taste of a cold brew does not spring your taste buds into a delight, check out these two food places that had tents set up at the event. Smoke Daddy was first opened in the summer of 1994, being one of the first restaurants to offer barbeque and free live music seven days a week in Wicker Park. New York Times, National Geographic, and the Chicago Social have all rated “The Daddy” as “having Chicago’s best barbeque”. All of their meats are smoked in house each day and they pride themselves on offering the best ribs and pulled meats in town. If you would like to check out the menu options you can go to www.thesmokedaddy.com.

The other one was Big Star, a restaurant that serves tacos, whiskey and music of honky tonk. Big Star has two locations one in Wicker Park and one right in Wrigleyville. Big Star is a bourbon and beer-focused, taco-slinging restaurant. Housed in a defunct 1940’s gas station, the taqueria’s soundtrack of classic country and rock and roll is handpicked by the bar staff. For more info go to www.bigstarchicago.com.


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