By Sara Lugardo
Pub crawls are a great way to experience more than when venue in one night. Rather than trying to do this all on your own, pub crawls supply the transportation and itinerary to allow for a smooth transition from each venue. However, not all pub crawls are the same and the ones that stand out from the pack are the ones with a theme. Take advantage of all that Chicago has to offer, whether it’s your first pub crawl experience or you’re looking for a unique themed pub crawl.
Chicago Pedway Happy Hour Bar Crawl
111 E. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
This is a happy hour-inspired pub crawl that combines daytime fun with a tour through the Chicago Pedway. The tour starts near the East Wacker Houlihan’s and leads to the 40-block system of underground tunnels, led by a tour guide with a wealth of knowledge. The guide will regale you with stories regarding Chicago’s history and there will be fun trivia prizes to add to the tour. The price is $37.99 per person and the May 2013 dates are the 3rd, 17th and 31st at 4 p.m.
Cinco De Mayo PubCrawl Chicago
River North Area
While the actual meeting place and venue list has yet to be announced, this Cinco De Mayo-themed pub crawl won’t disappoint. Registration price is only $1 per adult and includes admission fees for all the venues visited, as well as access to drink specials. You can purchase tickets online or via telephone and ticket vouchers will be emailed to you for printing out. On the day of the event, you will receive a cup, arm band and a map. The 10-ounce cup is for draft beer specials at each venue and makes for a great memento of the event. Make sure to bring your sombrero and festive attire to celebrate this holiday with a fun themed pub crawl on May 5, 2013 at 12 p.m.
Cover Your Bases 2013
Deuce’s & The Diamond Club
3505 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60657
The 5th Annual Baseball Sticker Collecting Pub Crawl is set in Wrigleyville in Chicago on April 27, 2013 at 1 p.m. It’s starting at Deuce’s & The Diamond Club and makes its way through 30 bars in the Wrigleyville area. The price per ticket is $20 and includes a T-shirt with a baseball diamond on it. The goal of the pub crawl is to collect stickers to fill the slots on your shirt. At the end of the tour, those who have collected enough stickers will walk the runway for a chance to win prizes. Perfect for the baseball lover, there will be inflatable bats, balls and baseball-related props to make it a pub crawl to remember.
Festa’s Annual Chicago 12 Bars Of Xmas Pub Crawl
4314 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
This is a Christmas-themed pub crawl. Attendees are encouraged to wear everything from simple Santa hats to full-on Christmas regalia. The $40 ticket price includes admission to all bars, a T-shirt, a gym bag and a badge. Photo opportunities at each venue include themed photo frames and colorfully dressed staff members. All information on the 18th Annual Festa’s 12 Bars of Xmas Pub Crawl hasn’t been posted yet, but it will be set on December 14, 2013 and guarantees a festive experience with a lot of drink specials.
Literary Pub Crawl
The Chicago Trolley & Double Decker Co.
In collaboration with Chicago Trolley, this Literary Pub Crawl is fully customizable. The 10 pubs on the list are part of the top 100 historic bars in Chicago. Since the venues are too far to walk to, the trolley takes you and your group. This is a great way to check out the historical side of Chicago while partaking in a trolley experience seeing the sights of the city. Beer is allowed on the trolley and purchasing the book “Historic Bars of Chicago” will give you more than 10 percent off of your trolley rental. Call to set up a customized pub crawl for your private party.