Oktoberfest in Chicago
Updated August 30, 2017
While many think Oktoberfest is in October, the traditional Bavarian festival runs for two weeks beginning in September. The Munich festival begins with a parade and tapping of the first keg on a Saturday in mid-September, with closing ceremonies on a Monday two weeks later, usually the first Monday in October. Check out these Oktoberfest events and deals in Chicago.
German American Fest runs September 9 - 11, beginning with a parade and ending with German Mass on Sunday. During the festival all ages can enjoy traditional music and dance performances, games and refreshments, with beer and wine available for those of age.
Win your chance to visit Oktoberfest in Munich at The Radler September 9th:
While you're flexing those beer slinging guns in your next stein holding competition, show some flare with an Oktoberfest tattoo!
You can have pretzels, brats and brews at Kaiser Tiger any time of the year. However, Oktoberfest is a special occasion.
On September 10th, listen to live polka music in the 200 seat beer garden and choose from 11 Oktoberfest beers on tap. The party starts at 3pm.
Head to Hyde Park’s Brews, Brats, and Brass on Friday or Saturday, September 16-17.
Big Shoulders Brass Band is headlining on Friday and Low Down Brass Band on Saturday.
The Dawson will be celebrating in River West on September 17th:
Save the date! Oktoberfest is on its way and we've got #allthethings for you. Live music by the @thepolkaholics , plenty of brew from @revbrewchicago , PLUS a buffet ($25pp) all on Saturday, Sept 17, 2p-5p. NO COVER! You got that date saved yet? #chicago #eeeeeats #drinks #beer #music #party #revbrewchicago #picoftheday
Bohemian House is serving soft pretzels and special German beer flights from September 17th through October 3rd to celebrate Oktoberfest. BoHo is also the host of Chicago's Schnitzelfest, a 3 day schnitzel extravaganza from September 19 - 21:
Chicago chefs Patrick Cloud, Rob Sider and Mark Steuer will each sling their schnitzel paired with a German brew for one night and one night only.
On Sunday the 18th, Band of Bohemia will be throwing a Caravan Festival in time for opening day:
Band of Bohemia's first-ever Caravan Art Festival will be taking over our private parking lot on Sunday, September 18th, from 11:00 AM-7:00 PM for a day of beer, food, music and general folderol -- a perfect way to mark the end of summer, and somewhat coincidentally, the beginning of Oktoberfest. Can't go wrong with that! What you can expect: Beers & festival food from the Band! More beer! Featuring a @halfacrebeer collaboration, the Sunday in Saigon thai-basil lemongrass saison! Coffee and wild antics from our friends at @darkmattercoffee! Music! A gypsy-jazz lineup includes Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan and the Gipsy Stringz Quartet from 2:00-6:00PM! Frivolity! A growler ring toss! A magician! The list goes on! All are welcome! $5 gets you in, with food, drink and entertainment tickets available for purchase upon entry. Come party with us!
Begyle Brewing has partnered with Indie Wed to throw Wedtoberfest, a unique combination of wedding planning and Oktoberfest, taking place September 22nd.
Revolution will be throwing an Oktoberfest party in the back lot of their Kedzie Brewery September 23-24. Tickets are available here.
Chicago Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus Church is the longest-running and most well-known celebration in Chicago. This family friendly festival runs September 23 - 25 and is packed with brats, brews, live music and entertainment.
Laschet's Inn will have 7 Oktoberfest biers on tap through the end of October, and live music on September 27, 28, and 29. Wash down some schwein on October 8th at their pig roast.
Chicago Brauhaus will have non-stop entertainment Wednesday through Sunday nights starting September 28th through October 30th. Listen to the Brauhaus Oktoberfest Band, enter the nightly yodeling contest at 7pm, and sip on seasonal Spaten brews. If you haven't witnessed an Alphorn performance here's your chance!
St. Benedict's is a family-friendly fest and runs September 30th through October 2nd.
If you prefer to do all things on a boat, there's an Oktoberfest cruise for you too on October 7th, departing from Navy Pier.
In the suburbs, check out Itasca Oktoberfest, Palatine Oktoberfest, Villa Park Oktoberfest, Havana Oktoberfest, Rauetoberfest in Crystal Lake, Belleville Oktoberfest, Manteno Oktoberfest, Plano Oktoberfest, Vernon Hills Oktoberfest, Naperville Oktoberfest, Galena Oktoberfest, Mount Prospect Oktoberfest, St. Mary’s Oktoberfest in Alton, Batavia Oktoberfest, and Maeystown Oktoberfest.
Special Deals for Oktoberfest
If you find yourself near Soldier Field or McCormick Place, Kroll’s South Loop is running an Oktoberfest special for $15 Leinenkugel Oktoberfest steins. Atom Smasher, an Oktoberfest release from Two Brothers Brewing, is September's beer of the month and $5 on draught until the kegs are tapped.
Check Kroll's Facebook page for updated game day, weekly, and Oktoberfest specials.
The Berghoff Restaurant got the party started early and will be offering specials with a side of fun for a month:
If you’re flying in or out of O’Hare, get a dose of Oktoberfest at Berghoff Cafe's terminal 1 location:
Live music @ Berghoff Cafe (C26) until 1p.m. Stop by and enjoy an authentic #Oktoberfest experience!— O'Hare Intl. Airport (@fly2ohare) September 8, 2016
Laschet's Inn has also tapped the special brews:
German Bar List
And finally, if you just want to bask in the essence of Bavaria, here is a list of Chicago German bars.
Kaiser Tiger - West Loop
Prost - Lincoln Park
The Radler - Logan Square
The Berghoff - Downtown and O'Hare Airport
Resi's Bierstube - Irving Park
Laschet's Inn - Irving Park
Hofbrau Haus - Rosemont
Gene's Sausage Shop & Delicatessen - Lincoln Square
Huettenbar - Lincoln Square
Himmel's Chicago - Lincoln Square
Chicago Brauhaus - Lincoln Square