This year marks the third-annual Crawl Around Downtown, the bar crawl created to benefit research and promote awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an organization that tracks and funds research to treat the life-limiting genetic disorder affecting 70,000 people worldwide.
"It's a fundraiser disguised as a pub crawl," said Andrea Courtney. "My husband and I started it because our son is 3 years old and has CF."
Courtney said they will run the pub crawl as long as it will last--or until their son turns 21 years old, allowing him to sip his first brews.
Courtney said the crawl will stay family friendly.
"There's a core group that goes. It's a nice way to showcase some of the downtown establishments, during a nice vibe during the day," she said. "It's not a drunkfest. My grandma goes."
Crawlers receive drink tickets for eight downtown restaurants, a T-shirt and a day's worth of fun with fellow attendees. The restaurants include Bardenay, Piper Pub, Old Chicago, Falcon Tavern, Flatbread Community Oven, Ha'Penny and the new Tap House. Six of them are offering food specials that contribute to CF research.
"Not only are they donating the beer and the soda but most of them are doing food specials where they kickback part of the proceeds to the cause," said Courtney.
Chapter representatives from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will accompany the cast of crawlers as they make their way through downtown.