May is a splendid month to visit the American city, Chicago. The arrival of the month is welcomed with extravagant festivals and lively events that draw a large number of visitors. Anyone visiting Chicago in May gets the chance to revel in these festivities besides enjoying the usual sightseeing and other touristy charms. Some of the events stand out amongst others and are definitely worth including in one’s itinerary. We have selected just three of the most popular ones to help you choose.

American Beer Classic

Beer fans rejoice! At American Beer Classic, you get the chance to savour some of the finest American beers and sample brews from across more than 30 participating breweries, which include local standbys and national favourites. Not only will you get to taste from across 200 varieties of beer, you can also mingle with like-minded beer enthusiasts here. Those who would like to learn more about their favourite beverage can attend educational sessions conducted during the festivals. Beer aficionados can learn directly from brewers to understand the art of creating a world-class beer. American Beer Classic is also famed for great food.

When: 9th May, 2015

Maifest Chicago

The traditional German celebration of arrival of the spring, Maifest is all about delicious food, live music and dancing. Like the famous Octoberfest, this event has also grown in popularity and is famous throughout the world. The German community of Chicago welcomes people from all around the world to this fest at Lincoln Square. Maifest Chicago kicks off with ‘Old Town School of Folk Music’ and ‘The Captain Blood Expedition’. A number of programmes are hosted, each with its uniquely distinctive style. Maifest Chicago serves beer, sauerkraut, brats, and other traditional German fare.

When: 28th-31st May, 2015

Bike the Drive

Bike the Drive is one of the most famous cycling events in the USA. Each year, a large number of people visit Lake Shore Drive to enjoy the iconic views of Chicago’s skyline, while pedalling away. You can choose to cycle just a few blocks, or you can stretch it to 30 miles. In 2015, the event will feature three rest stops along the route. Grab a cycle and start your day by watching a gorgeous sunrise over Lake Michigan, and as you go along, the day will grow more and more interesting. A cycling tour is a perfect way to explore the best of Chicago’s attractions and if you are tourist, this is your best chance to watch it with the locals.

When: 24th May, 2015

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