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Chicago 2019

NEW LOCATION FOR 2019! Join us at the Arlington International Race Course, 2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL on Saturday, March 9th at 2:00pm! Save the date!


2019 Swag

This year Chicago participants will receive a unique  tech shirt and medal in honor of the Arlington International Racecourse. An upgrade hoodie is available without the Arlington Racecourse unique design.

  • Souvenir Pint Glass

  • Chicago Tech Shirt

  • 2019 Actual Medal


Race Day Staging Area

The festivities will be held at Arlington International Racecourse this year, and we couldn’t be more excited!!!

Packet Pickup

Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm
Rack House Kitchen & Tavern
222 E. Algonquin Rd
Arlington Heights, IL

Friday, March 8, 2019 from 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Mr D’s Sports Bar
2200 West Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, IL

Packet pickup is also available race day but we recommend not waiting until race day due to potential for long lines.

Race Day Route

The course will be on one of Arlington International’s Certified 5K routes.


There is plenty of parking at Arlington International.

funRewards Particpants

If you are a Fun Races funRewards program participant, visit for the latest information regarding the points required for registering for this event. If you are not a Fun Races funRewards program participant, consider joining.  It’s free!  Earn 10 points for every dollar you spend on a qualified Fun-Races event.  Learn more at


Am I registered?  You can check by logging into, then clicking on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).

Is the event walker friendly?  Absolutely!  More than half the participants walk the course.

When and where is Packet Pickup?  Packet pickup schedule will be posted when we are closer to the event.

Can I change my bib name? Yes, until February 20.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Questions (Left Hand Side) then type in the bib name you’d like.

Can I change my shirt size?  Yes, until March 1.  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click on Giveaway, then select the new size/style you’d like.

When do I get my shirt?  You get your shirt and pint glass at Packet Pickup or when you Check-In race day.

Can we get our stuff race day?  Yes, we will open Check in at 11:00am on race day.

Can I pick up my friends’ stuff? Yes, you just need their ID.

I can’t make the race, what are my options?  You have two choices so you don’t just eat the money.
1. Come to Packet Pickup and get your stuff.  You won’t get the beer, but you can have a shirt, pint glass and medal.
2. Sell or give away your registration.  You need to  Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)  Click the Transfer to Another Runner tab (left-hand side), then enter the new runner’s name and email. There is no charge for  you to do this yourself online.  If you require Fun-Races help, email – we charge $10 to assist you.

Where should I park?  There is plenty of parking at Arlington International.

What do BrewFest only entries get?  They receive one beer.  No pint glass, no shirt, and no medal.  Consider volunteering to pour beer – it’s less expensive, and you’ll get a shirt!

Can I push a stroller?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Can my kids come, even if they don’t run?  No.  This event is 21+ only.  Insurance and the State require that no one under 21 be admitted.  There is a lot of beer here.

Do you offer gluten-free beer?  Sorry, no we don’t.

Can I switch from Spectator or DD to Beer Drinker (or vice versa)?  Yes. Log into, click on My Registered Races (lower left-hand side).
Click on Manage Registration (middle of page)
Click the Transfer Event tab on the left
Click the Start Transfer
Click the second box (Select an Event) and choose the one you want.

Do spectators get shirts and pint glasses? No, they do not.  Space is a limited, so we charge for spectators as that’s one less runner we can have.  Consider volunteering to pour beer- it’s free and you’ll get a shirt!


If you have another question, please email

Charities We Supported in 2018

Shamrock Beer Run is a fun event that celebrates St. Patrick's Day and all that is Irish. But we're not without our serious side. Shamrock Beer Run and its parent organization, Fun Races, Inc. believe in philantropy and giving a portion of our proceeds to valued organizations.

Below is a list of charity organizations we supported in 2018. We encourage you to visit their websites to learn more about each one. We would also like to encourage you to bring items to donate!

Animal House Shelter is a non-profit, no kill shelter that rescues, rehabilitates and adopts out all breeds of dogs and cats. Every animal rescued is spay/neutered, receives all vaccines and boosters, heartgard, frontline, dewormed and a microchip before it is adopted. Foster homes and volunteers are always needed. Serving Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Iowa.
Northern Illinois Food Bank solves hunger by providing nutritious meals to those in need in Boone, DuPage, DeKalb, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Will & Winnebago counties. Help them make a difference for hungry neighbors when you donate time, food or money.
The Ross K. MacNeill Foundation is dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer in the memory of 11-year-old Ross K. MacNeill. Ross was a devoted hockey player (#33) and Chicago Blackhawks fan that lived his life with joy, strength, courage and selflessness. He died of a malignant brain tumor, in 2013.
Salute, Inc. mission is to passionately pursue meeting the financial, physical and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families. They strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.
Shelter, Inc.'s mission is to help and protect children who are abused, neglected, dependent or in need of supervision. It is accomplished by providing 24-hour emergency and longer-term care, creating community awareness and education to prevent such abuse and neglect, and promoting healthy families to reduce child abuse and neglect.