Join Us to Run, Walk, Or Volunteer
Participate however you like; run, jog, or walk! Families are always welcome, and kids under 10 run for free. Running strollers are always welcome and dogs are always allowed on our courses (but check if the brewery allows dogs inside!). All of our 5K events are untimed fun runs. No matter what, there will be a beer waiting at the finish line!
All single events are $30 (unless noted) and include one beer, collector’s glassware or seasonal swag item, and an invitation to enjoy the day’s scheduled festivities: live music, food, sponsor goodies, giveaways and more!
Volunteer for beer! We’re always looking for enthusiastic, beer-loving volunteers to help us put on these awesome 5K fun runs. Want a free beer without having to run/walk? Click here to sign up as a volunteer!
Please note: Just like our 2020 season, we are respecting the guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, Governor Pritzker, and Mayor Lightfoot and will make necessary adjustments to 2021 events. We will keep this website as updated as possible regarding event scheduling. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Each event will have different adjustments based on the size and capacity of the brewery. In many cases, we are doing starting wave times to ensure ultimate safety!
Thank you for all your support of our small business, our local breweries, our fellow small business partners, our nonprofits, and for being part of this amazing beer run community! We will all get through this difficult time together, and we can’t wait to give you all a safe and government-approved high five at a BRS finish line soon!
What is the Illinois Brewery Running Series?
The Illinois Brewery Running Series (as featured on ABC 7 Chicago and The Daily Herald) is about inspiring people to Be Active, Have Fun, and Give Back. We host untimed family-friendly 5K fun runs that start and end at some of the best breweries in Illinois.
Participants walk or run 3.1 miles, then drink beer! Everyone is invited to enjoy the day’s entertainment: live music, great food, giveaways and activities with partners and sponsors. Everyone receives a craft brew and a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item. 10% of our proceeds help support our nonprofit partners, the Chicago Parks Foundation and Chicago Run, among others!
2021 Illinois Brewery Running Series
Saturday July 10: Burning Bush Brewery (Ravenswood)
Sunday July 11: Twisted Hippo (Ravenswood)
Saturday July 17: The Perch (Wicker Park)
Sunday July 18: Elmhurst Brewing Co. (Elmhurst)
Sunday July 25: Sketchbook Brewing Company (Skokie)
Saturday August 21: Cruz Blanca Brewery & Taqueria (West Loop)
Sunday August 22: ERIS Brewery & Cider House
Saturday September 11: Two Brothers Tap House (Warrenville)
Saturday September 18: Whiner Beer Co. (Back of the Yards)
Sunday September 19: One Lake Brewing (Oak Park)
Saturday September 25: Pollyanna Brewing Company (St Charles)
Sunday September 26: On Tour Brewing Company (West Town)
Saturday October 2: Alarmist Brewing (Sauganash)
Sunday October 3: Flapjack Brewery (Berwyn)
Saturday October 16: Empirical Brewery (Ravenswood)
Sunday October 17: Temperance Beer Co. (Evanston)
Sunday October 24: Spiteful Brewing (Ravenswood)
Boos & Brews Halloween Event!
Sunday December 5: 0.5K Winter Dash between Empirical Brewery & Spiteful Brewing
Where are we running?
0.5K Winter Beer Dash
Check Out the Fun
(in all types of weather)!
The Brewery Running Series started in Minneapolis in 2012 by Nate Herrington and Morgan Jappe. They wanted to combine their favorite things – being active, drinking beer, and supporting their community. Turns out, a few thousand other locals share those same interests! A few years and tens of thousands of beers and miles later, they decided to branch out.
The Illinois Brewery Running Series is locally owned and operated by Chicago residents Serena Pomerantz and Rob Hendler. They are the masterminds behind the Illinois schedule and at the helm of ensuring everyone has a great run/walk, delicious beer, and a fun experience!
2021 will be the SIXTH year Serena and Rob have been enjoying beer run fun in Illinois!
Serena is an avid runner and beer enthusiast in Chicago. Serena’s number one job at BRS is to make sure that everyone has FUN! When she’s not organizing events or running, she enjoys being active in the local theater scene in Chicago, reading (and discussing) Harry Potter, traveling around the world, and searching for the best slice of pizza in Chicago (she’s not having much luck as she is a native New Yorker!).
Rob loves beer and loves running, though he runs more to breweries than for exercise. He is the designated Course Master for the Illinois Brewery Running Series and is here to make sure you don’t get lost and get back to the brewery safely to enjoy your beer! When not fitting all the Brewery Running Series supplies into his car, Rob can be seen at slam poetry events or home brewing with BRS friends!
Our events couldn’t happen without you. We ask for 2.5-hours of your time in exchange for a beer, t-shirt, and swag item.