The Daily Herald is reporting, “Legislative changes have led to an explosion in craft breweries in the past six years, bringing the number in Illinois up to about 200. While eight years ago most breweries were in the city, now Chicago boasts 50 breweries while the surrounding suburbs have twice as many. That change led the Illinois Craft Brewers Guild to expand on its annual Chicago Craft Beer Week celebration, launching its first Illinois Craft Beer Week starting Friday, May 18.
“We wanted to make sure that we were representing and reflective of our membership,” said Illinois Craft Brewers Guild executive director Danielle D’Alessandro. “It’s going to be a fun week. We’re having opportunities for everybody to participate in the industry and the movement around craft beer.”…”