Frequently Asked Questions

What is Beer Under Glass?
Beer Under Glass is the annual fundraiser and festival to kick off Illinois Craft Beer Week. Hosted Friday, May 15 at Garfield Park Conservatory (300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago IL 60624), BUG invites guests to enjoy samples from more than 100 craft breweries after hours in one of the world’s largest and most stunning plant conservatories. Proceeds support the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance and Illinois Craft Brewers Guild.


How much are tickets?
Tickets begin at $65 for general admission, which includes entry at 6:30 PM and samples from more than 100 craft breweries and food for purchase (cash + credit) from some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks and vendors. VIP tickets are $90 and allow guests early entry at 5:30 PM. Additional ticketing information will be available closer to the event.


Why did the ticket price go up for Beer Under Glass?
Beer Under Glass is a cornerstone fundraiser for both the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild and Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. As such, we always strive to create a one-of-a-kind experience and ensure value for our attendees, such as limiting VIP tickets and introducing new experiences for our VIP ticketholders. This year’s price increase enables our nonprofit organizations to host an unforgettable event, raise funds that are critical to supporting our missions, and offset the rising costs associated with producing the festival. We are grateful for your continued support of Beer Under Glass!


Where can I find the lineup of breweries participating in BUG?
The full lineup of participating breweries can be found at www.illinoisbeer.org/beer-under-glass.


Are tickets to BUG transferrable?
Yes, all ticketholders with a valid ID will be admitted to BUG. The name on the ticket does not need to match the name on the ID. All ticketholders must be 21 years of age or older.


Are BUG tickets refundable?
All ticket sales are final, and the event is rain or shine. If you are unable to make the event, we encourage you to share your ticket with someone who is 21 years of age or older.

The health and safety of our staff, volunteers and attendees are our top priority. We will continue to monitor the coronavirus situation as it unfolds and, if any changes or updates to the event become necessary, we will share that with you in real time.


Is there a hashtag for Beer Under Glass?
Yes, we encourage you to share your photos on social media using #BUG and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ILcraftbeerweek/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ilcraftbeerweek/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ILCraftBeerWeek


Will there be food at BUG?
Yes, food is available for purchase (cash + credit) from some of Chicago’s favorite food trucks and vendors stationed throughout the Conservatory.


That information will be available closer to Beer Under Glass.
That information will be available closer to Beer Under Glass.

Is Beer Under Glass a fundraiser?
Yes, Beer Under Glass is a festival with a purpose. Proceeds support Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance’s mission to change lives through the power of nature and connect people to plants, and the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild's mission to support the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois through education, legislation, and promotion.