Craft Beer Festival


  • Craft beer festival at The Morton Arboretum
  • Two visitors enjoying a sample of beer
  • Many visitors walking on the grass
  • Visitors sitting on lawn chairs or blankets in the shade of a large tree

Schedule and Location

Saturday, June 23, 2018
General Admission 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (last pour is 4:45 p.m.)
VIP Admission early access at noon.

NEW! Arrival and Parking Location

All Parking (and ride share drop-offs) for Craft Beer Festival is located at 1001 Warrenville Rd in Lisle. Plan ahead to park and take our free shuttle for door to door entry to the festival! Learn More >


Toast to the trees with our fifth-annual Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, June 23, 2018. Sip on local favorites and explore new beers from more than 45 breweries while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of The Morton Arboretum. Bring a chair or lie down on a blanket to soak in the summer sun while listening to live music from Euphoria. Guest restaurants and Arboretum concessions will be available on-site for purchase. This event is rain or shine; please come prepared.


Participating Breweries and Beer List:

For a full list of breweries and the beers that will be onsite:  LEARN MORE >


Ticket Details:

VIP Tickets:

$60.00 member; $70.00 nonmember
Beat the crowd, avoid long lines, sample special and limited release beers, and more! Perks of being a VIP:

  • Early entry to the festival at noon
  • New! Separate seating area in the White Pine Pavilion with VIP only restrooms
  • New! Welcome drink! Enjoy a special tasting, generously donated by Alter Brewing Company in Downers Grove, before you enter the festival area.
  • New! First samples of the limited Beer Floats
  • First samples of cask beers (finished in a firkin). These beers are in very limited quantities and are only guaranteed to VIP ticket holders from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • And everything included in General Admission


General Admission:

$40.00 member; $50.00 nonmember
General admission ticket holders are admitted to the event at 1:00 p.m. and receive:

  • New! 20-3oz  tastings
  • A souvenir tasting glass
  • Live music by Euphoria


Designated Driver Tickets:

$15.00 per person
The Morton Arboretum encourages safe driving with designated driver tickets.

Designated Drivers ticket holders receive:

  • Complimentary water and soda
  • Admission at 1:00 p.m. If accompanying a VIP ticket holder, the Designated Driver ticket holder will be admitted at noon.


Speciality Brews:

Beer Floats:

New this year! Cool down with a scoop of ice cream topped with a sample of beer!  

Cask Beers:

What is a Cask? - Unfiltered beer that is transferred into casks, carbonated, sealed and then undergoes a slight final fermentation in the cask. The result is a beer that has a much gentler level of carbonation, a rounder mouthfeel, and since it is unfiltered, usually shows a slightly more complex flavor and aromatic profile. It is often slightly cloudy, and is best served at cellar temperature (around 55°F). It’s considered “live” beer since it is unfiltered and has live yeast in the cask (which is how we get the final fermentation and carbonation).

Cask beers will be provided by:

  • Hopvine Brewing Co.
  • Pollyanna Brewing Co.
  • Sound Growler Brewing Co.


Food Options:

Ginkgo Grill and Pretzel Necklaces
Hamburgers, hotdogs, and other favorites

Gnarly Knots
Bavarian pretzels stuffed with delicious yum-yums

Toasty Taco
Street tacos, burritos, quesidillos, tamales, and more!

Toasty Cheese
Gourmet grilled cheese, friends, and delicious desserts.

Best Truckin’ BBQ
Beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken

Crave Bar 
Handcrafted ice cream bar on a salted caramel pretzel

Tidbits Fun and Food
Apple Cider Donuts


After you sip, stop over to the Famous Liquors tent and pre-order your favorite beers. When you're ready, pick up your selections at Famous Liquors in Lombard or Forest Park. 10% of all sales will be donated back to The Morton Arboretum!


Parking and Other Things To Know Before Your Visit:

Be prepared and make the most out of this festival. Learn More >

Fees and Admission

VIP Entry: $60.00 member, $70.00 nonmember
There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

General Admission Entry: $40.00 member, $50.00 nonmember
There is a $5 charge added to ticket purchases made on the day of the event.

Designated Driver: $15.00 member, $15.00 nonmember

*This is a 21 and over event. No one under 21 will be allowed into the festival.

Registration Information

BY PHONE: 630-725-2066, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours