We are writing today to provide an update on the remaining events we had in the works for 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented situation for all of us. Due to the (necessary) restrictions in place to prevent further spread of the virus large gatherings have been banned which makes it impossible to host our typical slate of in-person events.

We’d been holding out hope that things might take a dramatic turn for the better but recently received official word from the Cook County Forest Preserve that all remaining 2020 permits for more than 50 persons have been canceled, which unfortunately means that the 2020 Umpteenth Annual picnic will not happen.

In addition to the Picnic, we’ve also been forced to cancel Hazy Days of Summer (July), Spooky Brew Homebrew Competition (October), and the annual Fall Tasting (November). We are beyond disappointed that we won’t be able to gather with everyone over the coming months, but  there isn’t much we can do until the situation improves enough for Illinois to enter Phase 5 or restrictions around the phases are relaxed.

We understand that many of you look to these events, particularly the annual picnic, as the primary reason for your membership. We also understand that times are tough financially right now. With all of this in mind, anyone who would like a refund for a membership renewing between March 2020 – March 2021 can request it by forwarding the PayPal receipt (must include the transaction ID) for their renewal to Requests sent to other addresses might not get processed.

NOTE: this will NOT cancel your membership – it simply provides the option for a one-time refund of membership fees as recompense for fewer events happening this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are exploring possibilities for virtual events and will keep everyone updated should those plans come together, but either way we hope to be back with more amazing events sometime in 2021.

Thank you for your support.

Stay safe,
Chicago Beer Society