Frequently Asked Questions

What is Co/Lab Fest?
Co/Lab Fest is a celebration of what makes Illinois beer so special: the partnership and comradery among our breweries. To close Illinois Craft Beer Week, we’re pairing up breweries and asking them to collaborate on a unique craft beer brewed exclusively for this event. Attendees will be the first (and oftentimes only) to sample these never-before-brewed collaborations while also enjoying some of the staple beers our breweries are known for. Live bluegrass music and local fare for purchase will round out the ICBW closing event in the Ravenswood Corridor.


When is Co/Lab Fest?
Friday, May 22 | 6-10 PM


Where can I find the Co/Lab Fest lineup?
More than 50 will be featured at this year’s closing festival. The full list of participating breweries and collaborations will be announced closer to the festival.


How do I sign up to volunteer for Co/Lab Fest?
Anyone interested in information about volunteering for Co/Lab Fest should email volunteer@illinoisbeer.com.

Is Co/Lab Fest a fundraiser?
Yes! Proceeds from Co/Lab Fest help Illinois Craft Brewers Guild’s fulfill its mission to support the development and expansion of the craft beer industry in Illinois through education, advocacy, and promotion. As a nonprofit trade association, our festivals are critical in ensuring we have the resources necessary to strengthening and support our state’s vibrant craft beer industry.


Is there a Co/Lab Fest hashtag for social media?
#CoLabFest


How much do tickets cost?
General Admission tickets to Co/Lab Fest are $50, which includes samples from more than 50 breweries and food for purchase (cash + credit) from some of Chicago’s favorite venues. A limited number of tickets have been reserved for ImBIBE members for $40 and are available on a first come, first serve basis.


Where can I buy tickets?
Ticketing information will be released closer to the date. Follow Illinois Craft Beer Week on social media for news and updates.


Are Co/Lab Fest tickets transferrable?
General admission Co/Lab Fest tickets may be transferred; the name on the ticket does not need to match the name of the ticketholder for entry. All ticketholders must be 21 years of age or older and present a valid photo ID.


Are Co/Lab Fest tickets refundable?
No, all ticket sales to Co/Lab Fest are final. 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.


Can I bring an infant or child?
Only infants who can be worn or otherwise carried in an infant carrier are allowed on premises during the event.


Is the venue accessible?
Yes. The festival takes place on multiple floors, and elevators will be open to help guests move throughout the venue.


How do I get to Co/Lab Fest?
Co/Lab is hosted at the Artifact Events (4325 N Ravenswood Ave, Chicago – North Entrance). Guests are strongly encouraged to utilize public transportation or ride-sharing services to and from, as parking is limited. Artifact Events is easily accessible by CTA Brown Line (Montrose) Metra Union Pacific North (Ravenswood).


Where are the restrooms located?
There are ample restrooms open and available throughout the venue. Signs will be posted to guide you to the nearest restrooms.


Is merchandise available at Co/Lab Fest?
Drink Illinois merchandise will be available for purchase on site.


Can I bring my pet to Co/Lab Fest?
Only service animals are permitted at the festival.


Can I smoke at Co/Lab Fest?
Smoking is NOT permitted inside Artifact Events. This includes the use of vape pens and other electronic cigarettes. Smoking is permitted outside the facility.