By Lauren Wulf
The worldwide celebration of beer, brats and our German and Bavarian ancestors comes home for a month long celebration across the city. Get out your steins and pretzels! Here are just a few of the many Oktoberfest events happening this month.
Lakeview – St. Alphonsus Church
Southport & Lincoln Avenue
Dates: September 27-29
St. Alphonsus Church in Lakeview is holding it’s 13 annual Oktoberfest. The indoor/outdoor festival will include two stages of music and the always-popular “Kinderfest” with activities for kids and families. In addition to the traditional beer list, pretzels and other food – check out the Craft Beer Night on Friday. For $30, you can try tastings of 20 craft beers from around the country. In addition you’ll receive a pretzel necklace and commemorative glass.
Entertainment includes: 7th Heaven, 16 Candles, Dot Dot Dot, Trippin Billies and many more.
Streeterville – Oktoberfest at Timothy O’Toole’s Pub
622 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, IL 60611
Dates: Friday, September 28 & 29
Timothy O’Toole’s Pub will celebrate with a two day Oktoberfest event is planned for Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29. The Streeterville pub will offer five German biers (25-ounce jumbo steins) and three food specials, all served by beer wenches and staff dressed in Oktoberfest attire. The celebratory atmosphere and music will continue until 4 a.m. Beers include Sam Adams Oktoberfest, Great Lakes Oktoberfest, Leinie’s Oktoberfest, Hofbrau Oktoberfest and New Belgium Hoptober. Food specials include soft pretzels, chicken schnitzel and bratwursts.
Wicker Park – High Noon Saloon
1560 North Milwaukee Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Dates: Now – October 6
In celebration of Oktoberfest, High Noon Saloon in Wicker Park is featuring “Das Boot” now through October 6. The 80-ounce beer boot stein (pictured) may be filled with domestic beer for $20 (Bud Light) and import/craft beer for $26. Craft Beers include: Southern Tier Hop Sun, Revolution Anti-Hero, Half Acre Daisy Cutter, Goose Island Green Line, Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Lagunitas Lucky 13, Stella.
Wicker Park – SmallBar Division
2049 West Division
Date: October 6h
SmallBar Division is kicking off the fall with their Oktoberfest celebration on Sunday, October 6th at 6:00p.m. Attendees can join SmallBar Division as they take part in this historic celebration. This special tapping offers a focus on classic Oktoberfest beers and breweries, as well as domestics harvest ales and fall favorites from local breweries.
Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Three Floyds MunsterFest
Boulevard Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest
Greenbush Memento Mori
River North – Public House
400 N. State St.
Date: October 17
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Public House kicks off their Oktoberfest, October 17th. Guests can sample 3 six-ounce pours of German beers including Warsteiner and Hofbrau. You will also receive a full liter of your favorite beer sampled in a souvenir German beer stein. Admission also includes live entertainment from German rock band The Bratwurst Brothers.