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
Chicago, IL

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.

(Credit: Timothy O'Toole's Pub's facebook)

(Credit: Timothy O’Toole’s Pub’s facebook)

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.

(Credit: SmallBar Division's facebook)

(Credit: SmallBar Division’s facebook)

Wicker Park – SmallBar Division

2049 West Division
Chicago, IL

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.

Featured drafts:

Spaten Oktoberfest
Hofbrau Oktoberfest
Two Brothers Atom Smasher
Three Floyds MunsterFest
Metropolitan Afterburner
Boulevard Bob’s 47 Oktoberfest
Revolution Oktoberfest
Solemn Oath
Greenbush Memento Mori

(Credit: Public House Chicago's facebook)

(Credit: Public House Chicago’s facebook)

River North – Public House

400 N. State St.
Chicago, IL

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.


Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.