Dust off the cobwebs on your favorite lederhosen and dirndl and get the stomach and liver ready for Oktoberfest in Chicago.
Sept. 16—Oct. 23
5500 Park Pl., Rosemont, Ill.
For 38 days Hofbrauhaus in Rosemont has guests covered for Oktoberfest. There will be live entertainment every night including a 40-piece German Bugle band, daily Oktoberfest food specials, and the popular Oktoberfesbier brewed on site. Make sure to go on Friday and Saturday nights to participate in the Masskrugstemmen contest where competitors will hold a liter stein filled with beer with one arm parallel to the floor and the person who holds it the longest wins.
Through Oct. 31
17 W. Adams St.
If you’re looking for something closer to the city go to The Berghoff where they’ve moved their traditional celebration indoors. Enjoy all the schnitzel, bratwurst, pork shank, and beer you can until Oct. 31. There will be live music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from The Johnny Wagner Band, Bratwurst Brothers, and more.
3340 N. Kedzie Ave.
Local craft beer giant Revolution Brewing is also joining in the celebration with their own party and beer. They will be putting up a tent in the back lot of their brewery on Kedzie Avenue. Admission gets guests a half liter stein filled with beer and they can purchase food, more beer, and merchandise using tickets. Additional tickets are $5 or 5 for $20 and are recommended to purchase in advance. Guests can enjoy a selection of Fist City, Anti-Hero, Mosaic Hero, Rev Pils, Usethe Schwarz, Ghost Ride, Oktoberfest, and other specialty beers.
1429 W. Wellington Ave.
Enjoy handmade bratwursts, two stages for live music, cold beer, and craft beer tasting sessions at this highly rated Oktoberfest celebration. Guests must buy separate tickets for the craft beer tasting sessions for $40 where they’ll be able to sample over 40 craft beers. St. Alphonsus has a strong German background in the city. Tired of walking to St. Michael’s in Old Town, the Germans in Lakeview asked the Redemptorist Fathers to build a church for them in Lakeview and in 1882 St. Alphonsus was established.