Looks like the week is filled mostly with trivia 9including two Schitt’s Creek trivia contests), painting classes, and other sidelight events. I guess it’s as good a time as any to mention the kind of events I like to put in my calendar listing:
Beer tappings and samplings go at the top of the list. I may even go back to this article and add more beer tappings as I find out about them. In this case, since we’re close to another Revolution Deep Wood release.
Beer dinners at brewpubs, or at restaurants known for having local beers, then other events at these places, including trivia and karaoke, since I like to think that’s my kind of event. I drop in food trucks, of course, as they help give people something to eat at tap rooms with no kitchens.
I have shied away from live music or comedy shows, just because I have my limits as to how many events I can collect.
If your place has an event that hasn’t been covered, please tell me about it at the e-mail link above.
Monday, January 24
3:00 – 7:00 pm • Country Grill Chicken Truck
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 Map
Country Grill Chicagoland is a food truck company offering rotisserie chicken and ribs fresh from the spit, homemade salads and pretzels.
3:00 pm • National Beer Can Appreciation Day
Evil Horse Brewing Co., 1338 Main St., Crete, IL (708) 304-2907 Map
Come join us in celebrating the beer can in all its glory! Pick out your own mixed 6-pack of any of our available canned beers for just $12!
5:00 – 10:00 pm • Pints & Pies at Max & Leo’s
Max & Leo’s at Kings Dining & Entertainment, 1500 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago (312) 973-4920 Map
Name a better duo…we’ll wait!
Max & Leo’s at KINGS Lincoln Park has teamed up with local breweries every month to bring you Pints & Pies! Visit Max & Leo’s Monday through Wednesday to indulge in one artisan pizza and 2 craft beers for only $25!
Revolution Brewing Featuring:
Anti Hero • A Little Crazy • DDH Stratasphero while it lasts
Deep Woods Rotation starting with Blackberry Fin while it lasts
6:00 – 8:00 pm • Winter Cabin at Obscurity Brewery in Elburn
Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead, 113 W. North St., Elburn, IL (630) 320-2255 Map
Come enjoy an evening with friends and family and Paint this Bob Ross inspired Winter Scene
This event includes your choice of a beverage $40/person, step by step instruction and all supplies necessary to create this Masterpiece
To register please contact me
Abby Adams via email: Paintpartybyabby@gmail.com
Payment links will be available via email
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Schitt$ Creek Trivia Night
Fatpour Tap Works, 2005 W. Division St., Chicago (773) 698-8940 Map
Ew, David! Don’t miss out on your favorite small town trivia!
For reservations, email: email@example.com
7:00 – 10:00 pm • Weekly Trivia @ Pilot Project
Pilot Project Brewing, 2140 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago (773) 270-5995 Map
Join us in the Pilot Project Heated Tent for free pub trivia every Monday!
Beer Special: Every player will receive one free 4oz taster of beer, booch or cider.
Reservations Available on Tock.
Tuesday, January 25
6:00 – 8:00 pm • Trivia Night at Timothy O’Toole’s in Gurnee
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub Gurnee, 5572 Grand Ave., Gurnee, IL 847-249-0800 Map
Test your wit at Timothy O’Toole’s Trivia Night for a chance to win Maplewood swag.
Grab a Son of Juice IPA on draft at Timothy O’Toole’s in Gurnee on Tuesday and gear up to win some prizes, including a Brewery Tour!
6:00 – 9:00 pm • Robert Burns Day!
DMen Tap, 2849 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago 773-961-8757 Map
Join us for a celebration of Scottish Culture on one of the most important Scottish Holidays Robert Burns Day!
Expect Scottish Foods, Music and the Traditional Addressing of the Haggis!
6:00 pm • Pierce Tavern x Maplewood Beer Dinner
Pierce Tavern, 5135 Main St., Downers Grove, IL (630) 869-5333 Map
Maplewood is back in Downers Grove, starting the year off right by pairing some of our finest brews with the gourmet plates from Pierce Tavern.
Tickets are highly limited for this delicious event, contact Pierce Tavern to book!
Greeting Beer • Pulaski Pils 5.1% ABV – Chicago Pilsner
Amuse Bouche • Charlatan – 6.1% ABV – American Pale Ale • Smoked Salmon Rillette, Sesame Seed Rustic Bread
Appetizer • Silver Morning – 6.8% ABV – Winter Lager • Crispy Confit Duck Leg, English Peas & Wild Mushroom Risotto, Duck Sauce
Entree • Brownie Points – 5.7% ABV – Brown Ale w/ Vanilla • Slow Roasted Porchetta, Vermont Cheddar Au Gratin Potatoes, Glazed Carrots with Cashew Gremolata
Dessert • Morbidly Obese Pug Cookies & Cream – 10% ABV – Imperial Stout • Vanilla Whoopie Pies, Lemon Cream with Lemon Curd
6:30 pm • Tuesday Trivia: Harry Potter
One Allegiance Brewing, 10215 S. Harlem Ave., Chicago Ridge, IL (708) 529-7067 Map
Join us on Tuesdays for a night of trivia dedicated to various popular TV shows, movies, and themes! First Tuesday of every month is general knowledge trivia.
Each game is free to play!
First place winner will receive a $30 OAB Gift Card and other prizes include a beer to go. There is no entry fee to play trivia.
Trivia starts at 7pm but come in to register at 6:30pm so you and your team can grab a couple drinks before the games start!
See you soon for some fun, games and prizes!
6:30 – 8:30 pm • Schitt’s Creek Trivia Night
Chuck’s Café Darien, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 Map
Join us for a special themed trivia night all about Schitt’s Creek!
Reservations highly suggested on theme nights so be sure to call ahead at 331-431-4000!
Great drink specials including:
$2 Domestics | $2 PBR Drafts | $8 Flights |
$3 Imports | $4 Well Spirit One & One’s
7:00 – 10:00 pm • Sew Hop’d Trivia Night
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 Map
Come join us for Sew Hop’d very first trivia night at 7:00pm. We are so excited to have the start of trivia night for some get out of the house fun, laughs, food, and great beer. There will be prizes for 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place winners. Use the link to register you and your group!
7:00 pm • Brewery Bingo
The Open Bottle Lockport, 16437 159th St., Lockport, IL (815) 293-6350 Map
Brewery Bingo is back! Over the next 5 months, we’re partnering with a new brewery every Thursday at 7pm for our monthly Brewery Bingo! No more sneaking into bingo halls for you!
Every week, we’ll have a draft beer on special and prizes from a variety of local breweries.
Here’s who’s up for the next 5 months:
January – Werk Force Brewing Co.
February – Half Acre Beer Co.
March – Old Irving Brewing Co.
April – Goose Island Beer Co.
May – Mikerphone Brewing
It’s Bingo with breweries you love & fantastic prizes for you to win!
HOW TO PLAY:
Imagine a Bingo card. Now replace the B-I-N-G-O with five breweries and the numbers replaced with their most popular beers. We’ll spin our bingo balls ’round and ’round until a random ball decides to set itself free. We call out a beer, you look at your bingo card, and then place a bottle cap on your card if you’re lucky. Get 5 in a row and win a prize! In between rounds, there will be penny pours, good music and even better times. Must be 21+ to play.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Brushes & Brew – Drink to World Peace
The Stage Left Cafe, 125 W Van Buren St., Woodstock, IL (815) 337-1395 Map
This Brushes and Brew event will include a beer stein that you get to paint with an adorable exclusive groundhog design to use when you Drink to World Peace on Woodstock Groundhog Day!
We will provide paint, brushes and all the supplies you will need for this step by step detailed lesson.
During the event you will get to enjoy a beer and pretzel snack station which will include a flight of beer samples from our local Kishaukee Brewing Co. and Holzlager Brewing Co.!
Get the chance to taste beer to help you decide what beer to purchase from Stage Left Cafe.
Not fond of beer? No worries the Stage Left Cafe has root beer and other fun drinks for you to purchase and your mug will make a great vessel for either a cold beer or a frothy float.
This is a great event to bring your best friend or spouse to cause you’re gonna want a friend to clink mugs with when you Drink to World Peace with your new hand painted mugs!
$40 through eTix.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Trivia Night at Alter Brewing Downers Grove
Alter Brewing Co., 2300 Wisconsin Ave. #213, Downers Grove, IL 630-541-9558 Map
Come out for our General Knowledge trivia night and join your host as they quiz your teams through two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and music rounds!
While we’re testing your wit, Alter Brewing Company will be keeping you fueled up with craft brews all night, PLUS the top teams will win bragging rights and prizes, so bring your friends, family, and even your enemies (if they’re good at trivia) to increase your chances of winning. Feel free to order in delivery from one of the awesome local restaurants (we highly recommend Dan’s Pizza!) to enjoy during the event, as well.
Due to limited capacity, reservations will be taken for indoor tables the time being – simply email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table for your team.
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:
1) Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
2) The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
3) Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.
Wednesday, January 26
2:00 – 7:00 pm • Pints for Pints Blood Drive
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd., Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 Map
Saving lives takes courage. We’re proud to present a fun and easy way to take the first step.
Join us on Wednesday here at Plank Road Tap Room. For each pint of blood donated, receive a coupon for one beer (restrictions apply), redeemable that day or at a future date if you are unable to imbibe after your donation. You will also receive a voucher for a Versiti pint glass as a special thank you.
Schedule your donation time
4:00 – 9:00 pm • “Biers with Benefits” for St. Anastasia
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL 847-420-7313 Map
Wednesdays your biers have purpose! 10% of sales go to local charity.
St Ann’s works with our community year round, and cares for our friends and neighbors. Come on out have some great bier meet the leaders and the sales will help them with their mission. It’s win win all around!
4:00 pm • Metal Monkey Brewing 6th Anniversary Weekend
Metal Monkey Brewing, 515 Anderson Dr. Suite 900, Romeoville, IL 630-862-9595 Map
Time to celebrate!!!
Metal Monkey Brewing is turning 6 and we are throwing a big ole party with special beer releases, live music, food trucks, special anniversary t-shirt and more!
Wednesday: Private Preview Party 4-9pm
Back Stage Pass members will have access to purchase ALL the beer releases for the weekend as well as try them all on draft before the general public. *Taproom is open this day ONLY for members*
You can sign up for a membership here.
Thursday: Beer Release & Discount Party
After 2 long years your favorite chocolate peanut butter imperial stout returns! Welcome back Fonkey Mucker, this delicious stout is bursting with flavors of chocolate, coffee, peanuts and roasty goodness. Think a liquid peanut butter cup and you have The Mucker!
Also releasing today is Tony’s Car, a long time staple of our taps- this beautiful beer has also been on a hiatus for a long time. This double IPA is full of Citra, Galaxy & Simcoe hops and double dry hopped to give you that big old school flavor.
It’s also Back Stage Pass Member discount day which means all full pours are $5
Friday: Live Music, Beer Release & Food Truck
The Whiskey Matrix take the stage at 7pm for a night of metal you won’t want to miss. The Whiskey Matrix is a high energy Chicago area tribute band rocking an array of rock and metal covers from Motley Crue to Iron Maiden and everything in between!
We will also be releasing our fan favorite Balloon Head Mixed 4 Packs. These flavored sour beers are a homage to one of our favorite tangy, chewy, taffy-like treats. Drink more, drink delicious! This year’s flavors will include Classic Cherry, Blue Raspberry and 2 new flavors: Grape & Mystery. This year’s mystery flavor IS different than last time.
Ayala’s Empanadas will be here serving up their delicious food at 5pm.
Saturday: Live Music, Beer Release & Food Truck
Tonight we welcome 3 amazing local Chicago bands to The Monkey House beginning at 7pm:
Black Road is a female-fronted doom 4 piece, drenched in heavy psychedelic vibes.
Blunt is a sludge/doom/stoner metal from Dekalb, Illinois Prepare to be crushed by the weight of Blunt! Hailing from Illinois, we band play a heavy, caustic blend of doom, sludge and stoner metal.
The Waterfall King are a stoner/doom metal band hailing from Chicago.
Today’s beer releases are heavy hitters:
Dankey Kang is our Triple IPA that loaded with an obscene amount of Chinook, Cluster, Galaxy & Cascade hops.
Also releasing today is Bourbon Barrel Aged Silverback. This behemoth of a barleywine has been aging for over 14 months and offers and an amazing beer with caramel notes and a hint of bourbon that will leave you coming back for more.
Ayala’s Empanadas will be here serving up their delicious food at 3pm.
Sunday: Live Music & Free Pizza
We welcome back Paul Willaert to The Monkey House on Sunday afternoon at 1pm. Chicago’s Paul Willaert has been writing, arranging, performing, and teaching professionally since the age of 16. He’s performed and toured across the U.S. in an extremely wide variety of bands – from metal to country, new wave to jazz, bluegrass to calypso to progressive rock; anything that’s ever sparked his interest.
We will also be ordering pizza as a thank you to all our wonderful customers beginning at 1pm.
5:30 – 6:30 pm • Yoga & Beer Happy Hour
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Ln., Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Join Mindset Yoga every Wednesday at 5:30 in the Rustic Room for Yoga & Beer Happy Hour. Instructed by Mindset Yoga and fresh beer provided by Buffalo Creek Brewing.
Enjoy socially distant spacing while getting in a great workout. This is a ticketed event. Buy your tickets here.
Please bring your Yoga Mat and arrive 15 minutes early.
5:30 pm • Art History Brewing Dinner
Niche Restaurant, 14 S. 3rd St., Geneva, IL 630-262-1000 Map
$75 per person
Skate Wing Schnitzel – choucroute garni, hydrated mustard seed, pickled radish, caraway cream.
Paired w/ Gravitace Czech Pale Lager
Weisswurst – pierogi, caramelized onion, Nduja jus, Creme Fraiche.
Paired w/ Art Therapy Imperial IPA
CDK Farms Ribeye – Pomme puree’, Foie Gras soubise, pastrami style baby carrots.
Paired w/ Varitace Dark Czech Lager
Stuffed German Pretzels – Mocha cream cheese bavarian, milk stout frozen yogurt, spiked chocolate sauce, strawberries, toasted pecans & cocoa nibs.
Paired w/ Ink Line Imperial Milk Stout
Limited seating! Call today.
6:30 – 9:00 pm • Paint and Sip with Studio60
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
Valentine’s Day is right around the corner!
Grab all your friends and come paint this wooden project as Gayle from Studio60 walks you through the instruction.
Price of ticket ($30) includes supplies, instruction and one 10oz OBC beer.
Purchase Tickets here.
6:30 – 8:30 pm • Valentine Gnome Canvas Paint Night
Steam Hollow Brewing Co., 450 S. Spruce St. Unit C, Manteno, IL Map
Join Kathi Eastman Designs for a fun evening of painting at Steam Hollow!! We are painting a Valentine Gnome canvas! Cost is $25 and includes all the paint supplies as well as one drink ticket. Please RSVP via text 815-735-1335 or email email@example.com to save your spot!
6:30 – 9:00 pm • Pints and Paints Sew Hop’d Huntley
Sew Hop’d Brewery & Taproom, One Union Special Plaza, Ste. 113, Huntley, IL (815) 701-8819 Map
Hosted by Make You Brush.
2022 is all about loving you
Choose from one of these seasonal favorites:
Loads of Love – on wood board 2’x 51/2”
Love you like Gnomebody Else on canvas, Sleeping Fox on canvas, or Wintry Love on canvas
$40 includes 1 beverage and all supplies necessary to paint your canvas or wood board
To register email Paintpartybyabby@gmail.com
Other forms of payment accepted, including Venmo
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Stump Trivia Quiz
Ten Ninety Brewing Co., 1025 Waukegan Rd., Glenview, IL 224-432-5472 Map
IN-PERSON trivia is back at Ten Ninety Brewing Company! Wednesday nights have never been better! Join us for two free, fun, rounds of trivia beginning at 7pm & 8pm.
We will be using our new digital scoring system. Each team will designate one person to submit answers on your team’s behalf. No need to write anything down by hand, no need to stand up, and no need to turn in a paper answer slip!
Remember – venue capacity may be limited, so please call ahead to RSVP!
More info: here.
8:00 pm • Trivia Night
Dunning Pour House, 7718 W. Addison St., Chicago (773) 309-8135 Map
Anther Trivia Night, hosted by Kevin G. General Pub knowledge. Bring you team!
Message and/or call us to reserve a table today!
Thursday, January 27
11:00 am • Revolution V.S.O.R. and Gravedigger Billy Preview Event!
The Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville, 3636 N. Clark St., Chicago (773) 227-2583 Map
(Correction: I previously had this listed at the Smoke Daddy in Wicker Park. This is the location) Join us at Smoke Daddy Wrigleyville for a Revolution Deep Woods Preview Party! Come by and try V.S.O.R. and Gravedigger Billy! Revolution will provide glasses for guests as well as supplies last! Come out to enjoy some great BBQ, Trivia from Whaddayaknow? at 7pm and some of Revolution Brewing’s best beers!
11:30 am • Revolution Brewing Deep Wood Preview Party
The Village Tap, 2055 West Roscoe St., Chicago 312-330-0712 Map
Join us as we tap the latest of Revolution Brewing’s Deep Wood Series. We will be taping Gravedigger Billy and VSOR. In addition we will be tapping a few vintage kegs from our cellar.
3:00 – 9:00 pm • Nashville Hot Chicken Thursday!
Wildrose Brewing Co., 1104 E. Main St., Griffith, IN (219) 595-5054 Map
It’s Thursday…..you know what that means.
Due to popular demand we’re serving up Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwiches every Thursday. Topped with Chef Mike’s homemade slaw and pickles and paired with a side of fries for just $10!
We are now also offering up a less spicy version for those who can’t handle all the heat. Both the spicy and less spicy will be available only while supplies last. These have been extremely popular the last few weeks so you don”t wanna miss out!
6:00 – 8:00 pm • Rhythm n’ Brews Music Bingo
On Tour Brewing Co., 1725 W. Hubbard St., Chicago 312-796-3119 Map
MUSIC BINGO NIGHT, ANYONE?
Test your music knowledge at our first ever “Rhythm n’ Brews” music bingo night Thursdays through February from 6 – 8 PM! From behind-the-scenes tour tickets to 4-packs of our delicious beers, there are a ton of prizes to be won. Grab a bingo-loving buddy, a beer and escape the cold weather for a guaranteed fun night.
HOW TO PLAY:
No sign-up necessary. If you’re itching to play, let a bartender know when you arrive and they’ll give you a bingo sheet. Rhythm n’ Brews Music Bingo is on a come-and-go basis but the longer you stay, the better the chance you have of winning!
6:00 pm • Monk’s Beer Dinner
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708-777-1842 Map
Join Monk’s for a new twist on our Beer Dinners. This time we will be going on location to Buckledown Brewing. Enjoy a tasting menu of 6 courses each paired with a Buckledown brew in in intimate brewery setting . Our Culinary Team is hard at work finalizing the menu and selecting which of the outstanding beers we will choose.
Reservations $45 through Brown Paper Tickets.
6:30 – 8:30 pm • BINGO Night with Castle & Key
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL 815-782-5559 Map
Come on out for the first BINGO Night of the year!
Castle & Key Distillery is coming out with prizes for the winners and they’ll have a tasting too
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Brewery Bingo
Two Pints Lounge, 641 E. Boughton Rd. #110, Bolingbrook, IL (630) 739-3000 Map
Join Don at Two Pints Lounge for Maplewood Sponsored B-I-N-G-O!
Play Bingo with us while sippin’ on Maplewood beers and win PRIZES!
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Marvel Cinematic Universe trivia
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Join Chicago Trivia Guys for a night of trivia covering all MCU movies through Spider-Man: No Way Home. You can play solo or round up a team of superheroes!
The game will start at 7pm and last about two hours. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams!
Tickets must be purchased in advance. Your purchase includes tickets for your team — each player will receive a $10 coupon valid for Riverlands beer and merchandise during the game, with $2.50 of the purchase going toward gratuities for Riverlands staff.
Get ready for a fun night of craft beer and trivia!
7:00 – 10:00 pm • Twisted Hippo Three-Peat Pinball Tournaments
Twisted Hippo, 2925 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago (708) 844-7768 Map
Test your skills and win prizes at the Twisted Hippo Taproom & Eatery January three-peat pinball tournaments!
Three separate tournaments happen January 17, 24, & 31. Check-in starts at 6 and play begins at 7. Come to one or all three. Tournaments will be IFPA certified for world ranking points.
$10 entry fee. $5 goes to the prize pool. $4 for arcade admission and $1 for IFPA fees. All nine games set on free play. Please bring cash.
We’ll have Twisted Hippo gifts cards and other special prizes for tournament winners and randomly selected players.
Balanced Matchplay format. Players will be placed in groups of four each round of play.
7:00 pm • Begyle’s January Trivia
Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler Ave., Chicago (773) 661-6963 Map
Sign-up and view the rules here. All guests must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and matching photo ID.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Bingo & Bao Buns
Mikerphone Brewing, 121 Garlisch Dr., Elk Grove Village, IL 847-264-8904 Map
Nice Buns is serving dinner from 4p-sellout
Bingo is free to play! 9 rounds of prizes
Family-friendly. No reservations required
7:00 pm • Revolution Deep Woods Preview Party
Soundgrowler Brewing Co., 8201 183rd St., Ste P, Tinley Park, IL (708) 263-0083 Map
We are tapping Revolution Brewing Deep Wood Series a day in advance of them being released. VSOR and GraveDigger Billy.
7:00 – 9:00 pm • Seinfeld trivia
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8060 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-480-2268 Map
Join us for a night of trivia dedicated to “a show about nothing.” Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer never disappointed!
You can play solo or round up a team of fans and compete to win!
Top teams win prizes.
7:00 pm • Bingo and Band Beer Thursdays!
Whiner Beer Co., 1400 W. 46th St., Chicago 312-810-2271 Map
Every Thursday in January we’re hosting bingo night and $5 Band Beers
We’ll start Bingo at 7pm and offer our dry hopped session ale all evening.
7:30 – 9:00 pm • Thursty Thursday Elephino Trivia
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Join M.C. Hill & Elephino Trivia every Thursday night at Side Lot Brewery for Team Trivia. Free to play & fabulous prizes to win.