8/22-23: Craft Brews in the 'Burbs

Fifty microbrews, a pub crawl for a cause and the Lake View Music Fest

By Wendy Wollenberg
|  Saturday, Aug 22, 2009  |  Updated 9:15 AM CDT
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8/22-23: Craft Brews in the 'Burbs

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KALTENBERG, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 12: A mug of freshly draught beer stands on a table of the Kaltenberg Castle beer garden on September 12, 2007 in Kaltenberg, Germany. The German Association of Brewers recently announced that German beer producers will have to raise the prices of their beer due to higher costs of bottles, energy and ingredients. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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GET YER BEER HERE: Taste the best brews Illinois has to offer at the second annual Oak Park Microbrew and Food Review. Brought to you by the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild, you'll get to sample 50 beers from 20 microbreweries, such as Goose Island, Two Brothers and Metropolitan, all while checking out local restaurants and bands. Sat. 3-8 p.m., $35 Marion Street between South and Lake; Oak Park; 708-660-9909

THINKING WHILE DRINKING: Take part in the Human Rights Campaign Pub Crawl, because you might as well drink for a good cause. The journey will take you to five Lakeview watering holes, including Halsted's, Roscoe's, Cocktail, Minibar and Spin, with drink specials at every stop. Sat. 1-7 p.m., $10 The expedition begins at Halsted's, 3441 N. Halsted St., at Cornelia; Lakeview; 773-348-9696

ROCK STAR FANTASIES: What this weekend's Lake View Music Fest promises: 'round-the-clock rock and food and drinks from local restaurants. On the roster are popular local bands like I Fight Dragons, Catfight and the Smithereens (remember them?). Sat. and Sun. 12-10 p.m. $5-$7 Sheffield Avenue and Addison Street; Lakeview; 773-868-3010

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