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First-Ever Chicago Michelada Festival Comes To Pilsen This Weekend

Sample 10 different styles of the beer-based cocktails while raising money for first-generation immigrant students.

The first-ever Chicago Michelada Fest comes to Pilsen Saturday and Sunday.
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PILSEN — Michelada lovers will have a chance to sip several variations of the spicy beer-based cocktail for a good cause this weekend in Pilsen.

The first-ever Chicago Michelada Festival will feature seven different styles of micheladas and tacos from 10 taquerias across the city. The fest takes place on Cermak Road, between Morgan and Allport, and runs from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Micheladas are traditionally made using beer, lime juice and an assortment of sauces, spices, and peppers.

The family-friendly event will include performances by local DJs, a live Mariachi, Tamborazo and a performance by Esso Afrojam Funkbeat.

Along with a bevy of food, drinks and music, the festival will spotlight Mexican cultural by featuring local vendors of art, jewelry and more.

Admission to the Chicago Michelada Fest is free, but donations are encouraged. Drinks will be available for purchase on site. 

A portion of the proceeds from the event organized by nonprofit Grass Root Events will benefit the Illinois Dream Fund, which provides financial assistance to first-generation immigrant students from Illinois.