Craft Beer Week 2012 (May 17-27) invites beer lovers to explore some of Chicago's many neighborhoods via great beer venues. Establishments in 9 city neighborhoods have events going on during the promotion. The festivities coincide with the Congressionally sanctioned American Craft Beer Week?which is organized by the Brewers Association/CraftBeer.com and has casual beer drinkers and enthusiasts across the country raising their glasses to celebrate the craft brewers. Davin Bartosch, brewer for Rock Bottom Brewery and a member of the Illinois Brewers Association has some examples of great food pairing with select craft beers.
See participating venues: http://chibeerweek.com/
Hard Times IPA paired with Smoked Buffalo Chicken Legs from Haymarket Pub and Brewery
Smoked Helles paired with Bratwurst with Grilled Onions and Sauerkraut from Rock Bottom Brewery
Oubillette Pale Ale paired with Roasted Amish Chicken from Solemn Oath Brewery
Eugene Porter paired with Burger from Revolution Brewing
Rhubarb Saison paired with smoked ribs from Goose Island