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: We are respecting the guidelines set forth by the CDC, WHO, Governor Pritzker, and Mayor Lightfoot and will be making necessary adjustments to 2020 events. We will keep this website as updated as possible regarding event rescheduling. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out!
While we may not be able to come together in person at this time, nothing can stop us from supporting our local communities. Our mission is to be active, have fun, and give back — that can be accomplished in many ways! We are determine to still celebrate every finish line, remotely. Stay tuned for more updates, but in the short term, join our May Virtual Distance Challenge!
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) 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.
The number of miles we’ve collectively traveled since 2016, 3.1-ish at a time.
2020 Illinois Brewery Running Series
29th at 11AM- LeapBEER Indoor Challenge at Whiner Beer Co. (Back of the Yards)
7th at 6PM – Kick Off Party at Fleet Feet Lincoln Square-SOLD OUT
28th noon-8pm Virtual Kick Off Party
25th at 11AM – Empirical Brewery (Ravenswood)-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
3rd at 10AM – Twisted Hippo (Albany Park/Ravenswood)-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
9th at 11AM- Temperance Beer Co. (Evanston)-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
31st at 11AM- On Tour Brewing Co. (West Town)-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Virtual Beer Run – Goose Island Beer Company (Fulton Market)
13th at 11AM – One Lake Brewing (Oak Park)-POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19
Virtual Beer Run- Revolution Brewing (Logan Square)
Virtual Beer Run- Pilot Project Brewing (Logan Square)
Virtual Beer Run- Marz Community Brewing (Bridgeport)
Virtual Beer Run- Spiteful Brewing (Ravenswood)
9th at 9:30AM – Maplewood Brewery (Logan Square)
15th at 10AM- Cruz Blanca Cerveceria (West Loop)
16th at 10:30AM- Off Color Brewing (Old Town)
23rd at 11AM-Two Brothers Roundhouse (Aurora, IL)
29th at 10AM-Elmhurst Brewing (Elmhurst, IL)
3rd at 11AM- Alarmist Brewing (Sauganash)
4th at 11AM- Short Fuse Brewing Company (Schiller Woods, IL)
18th at 11AM-Flapjack Brewery (Berwyn, IL)
25th at 11AM-Jolly Pumpkin Pizzeria & Brewery (Hyde Park)
*BOOs & BREWS Halloween Event!
6th at 11AM – 0.5K Winter Beer Dash Between Spiteful Brewing and Empirical Brewery (Ravenswood)
Beer and running are the mechanisms for bringing people together!
We welcome runners, walkers, joggers of all levels. Anyone who wants to get out and enjoy the community is invited to join in the fun! We value the experience of gathering like-minded folks together, and we think every finish line is worthy of a celebration. We support our fellow local businesses and encourage others to do the same. Our commitment to our local community and curiosity in what’s possible is what inspires us to grow!
Giving back to our community and supporting great causes is part of who we are. 10% of our proceeds help support these non-profit organizations. To date, the Illinois Brewery Running Series has given back over $12,000 to local non-profits!
Where are we running?
Use the map below to find an event near you!
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!
2020 will be the FIFTH 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!
Jenny is a craft beer enthusiast and ensures drinking local is a key part of all travel! She likes to pair her crafted beverages with staying active – preferably outdoors and hiking mountains – but will settle for 5k’s in the concrete jungle of Chicago. She’s loved BRS since her first run at Declaration Brewing in Colorado in 2016 and is excited to share her passion and #beertography!
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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.