Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago

Photograph by Pierre Gui

Chicago comes alive with the spirit of Oktoberfest, and we’ve scoured the city to bring you the hottest spots to revel in this German tradition. From authentic food to festive atmospheres, these Chicago venues are your ticket to a fabulous Oktoberfest experience. So, grab your lederhosen, dust off your dirndl, and get ready for these vibrant celebrations. Prost!

The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

Get ready to don your lederhosen as The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant hosts an exciting multi-day Oktoberfest Celebration! From September 21st to the 23rd, this beloved South Loop establishment is bringing Germany to the Windy City. The festivities will be complete with German dishes, lively folk music, and the hospitality that defines The Chicago Firehouse!

Hannah’s Bretzel

Hannah's Bretzel Cultural

Hannah’s Bretzel is the ideal spot to taste Oktoberfest in Chicago. This iconic sandwich shop, deeply rooted in German heritage, is taking Oktoberfest to the next level this year. They’ve introduced a special Oktüberfest Menu featuring three unique items available until October 31st! Their star offering is the Oktüberfest Sandwich. It consists of pan-roasted Niman Ranch antibiotic and hormone-free pork bratwurst, probiotic Bavarian sauerkraut, honey mustard, and caramelized onions. For those planning an at-home celebration, Hannah’s offers their world-famous bretzels for bulk ordering on their website!

Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk

Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk has a unique Oktoberfest event for both two-legged and four-legged guests. In collaboration with Pup’s Pet Club, they are hosting Barktoberfest along the Riverwalk on September 23rd and 30th from 10 am to 2 pm! Barktoberfest features a market showcasing local pet businesses with products and interactive experiences for dogs and their owners. While your furry friend enjoys the day of shopping and meeting other pups, you can spoil them with the pup menu at Chicago Burger Company!

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile

Aloft Chicago Mag Mile is teaming up with Shiner Beer for a Oktoberfest party on September 15th from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. This is the perfect chance to wrap up your workweek and kickstart your Oktoberfest festivities! The party at Aloft will feature live music by the Die Musikmeisters Band, which you can groove to as you snag a seat at W XYZ Bar. Expect an abundance of Shiner beer, delectable food specials, and even a stein-carrying contest!

The Northman

Food at The Northman

Mark your calendars for the weekends of September 22nd, 29th, and October 6th, as The Northman Beer & Cider invites you to an epic three-weekend Oktoberfest celebration! Along the riverwalk, enjoy free live music, savor delectable sausages, cider, pretzels, and an array of beers! Regardless rain or shine, things will be happening under the shelter of their Pergola stage. This weekend, let the music of Falling Martins, Sara Jean Stevens, MS Cohen, Elephonic, Marina, and Bob & The 12 Steps set the tone for your festivities. For performance times and all the details, simply click here!

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