What do you do with old automobile warehouses and buildings that are no longer in use? Obviously, you turn them into breweries. To celebrate the resurgence of the historic Motor Row District make sure to party at the Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival.
A city and national landmark, the Motor Row District in Chicago’s Near South Side just west of McCormick Place used to serve as your one-stop shop for all your car needs whether it was for purchasing or repairing. Many of the buildings were designed by famed architects like Holabird & Roche and Albert Khan. With the decline of the automobile industry came the disappearance of the Motor Row District. However, it’s been gaining some life especially ever since Motor Row Brewing opened it’s doors and now the addition of Baderbräu and the Motor Row Entertainment District. Consider the Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival as a grand opening to the revived district.
At the festival not only will you be able to sample beers from the two breweries but other Chicago and Midwestern beers like Atlas, Vice District, Rude Hippo, Surly Brewing, and much more. Wine Lovers will be able to get a taste of the Chloe Wine Collection, Flip Flop Cans, Insurrection Wine, Slow Press, and more. Of course, like any street festival there will be plenty of food and live entertainment with a special performance from DMC of Run DMC.
Motor Row Craft Beer & Wine Festival will take place Sept. 5 – 6 from 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Wabash Ave between 16th and 18th Street. Tickets are $35, which includes 15 samples of beer or wine, a souvenir tasting glass, and access to live music, seating and more. For more information visit chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=330.