Summer on Tap

Stroll in a beautiful landscape while you enjoy local beers, ciders, seltzers, ready-to-drink cocktails, and meads.

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Toast to the trees at The Morton Arboretum’s Summer on Tap festival, a new summertime event formerly known as the Craft Beer Festival. Along with beers, sip ciders, seltzers, meads, craft cocktails, and nonalcoholic drinks from popular local Illinois breweries. Stroll along the Arboretum’s Meadow Lake and walk through nearby wooded trails while stopping at tasting booths along the way. Each ticket includes 20 3-ounce samples, with many varieties to choose from.


Ticketing information

Ticket purchasers must be 21 and older and present a valid ID at check-in. All Summer on Tap tickets are included with admission to the Arboretum on Saturday, June 22, 2024.

Summer on Tap tickets are available for designated times at 30-minute intervals between noon and 1:30 p.m. Last call is at 2:45 p.m. and the last pour is at 3:00 p.m. Arboretum grounds will be open until sunset for those who would like to remain and enjoy the walking trails, the current sculptural exhibition, and more.

VIP tickets include one-hour early access to the event.

There is no Designated Driver ticket for this event. Nondrinking and underage guests are able to join ticket holders along the tasting route by reserving a timed-entry pass before arriving at the Arboretum. Reserve your passes before they are sold out.


Nonalcoholic Brews

Nondrinking guests 21 years of age and older will have the opportunity to sample a selection of complimentary nonalcoholic brews (while supplies last). Additional nonalcoholic beverages such as sodas, tea, and water will be available for purchase at the Ginkgo Restaurant and Café.

Breweries and Featured Beers

Breweries and featured beers for the 2024 Summer on Tap event will be available closer to the event date.

Food Options

Food trucks will be onsite located on Tram Road near Meadow Lake.

The Ginkgo Restaurant is open from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for indoor or outdoor dining. Seating is limited. The Ginkgo Café is open until 6:00 p.m. for grab-and-go items.

Arbor Court outdoor concessions will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. serving soft pretzels, burgers, hot dogs, ice cream, and additional beverages.


Summer on Tap takes place on a mile-long, paved walking path near the Visitor Center and Parking Lot 1. This path is accessible for wheelchairs and walkers, but includes a few inclines. The tasting tables will be stationed on the grass within ten feet of the path. View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

View the Accessibility Guide for more detailed information.

Frequently Asked Questions

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  • No, alcohol is not permitted in the Children’s Garden.

  • Each ticket purchase includes 20 3-ounce samples. In some cases, higher ABV beverages such as meads may be less than 3 ounces. No additional samples will be available for purchase.

  • Yes, Arboretum admission is included with your Summer on Tap ticket. Guests may remain until the Arboretum closes at sunset.

  • If the event is not already sold out, ticket sales will be available onsite until 1:30 p.m.


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