A Complete Guide to Oktoberfest in Chicago

It’s that time of year again! Oktoberfest is almost here, so grab a stein and a bratwurst and get ready to celebrate German-style. From the Revolution Oktoberfest on September 27 to the Oktoberfest Cruise on September 26 offered by Shoreline Sightseeing, there are plenty of ways to experience everyone’s favorite beer festival in the city. Here is a guide to the most popular 2019 Oktoberfest Chicago events.

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

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September 6 – 8 @ Lincoln Square

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Enjoy good food, good beer, and good music at Lincoln Square’s Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest Chicago celebration will include traditional singing and dancing groups that will bring an authentic German spirit to Chicago. Don’t forget about the parade at 2 pm on Saturday! Admission is free, so what are you waiting for!?

Rocketoberfest

Photo Credit: Adler Planetarium

September 19 @ Adler Planetarium

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Adler After Dark presents a special themed event on September 19: it’s their Oktoberfest Chicago celebration combined with the wonder of the universe. Exclusively for adults over 21, you’ll have open access to the Adler Planetarium from 6 – 10 pm, enjoy specialty brews from Empirical Brewery and Marz Brewing, learn about DANK Haus’s new beer exhibit, and listen to live music by a local German Oompah band, Die Musikmeisters. Tickets are $20 or $10 if you’re a member, but more at the door, so get them now!

Funktoberfest

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September 21 – October 6 @ Funkenhausen

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Chicago’s first-ever German- and Southern-inspired restaurant presents Partyboi, a beer collaboration with 18th Street Brewery, during the entire German Oktoberfest season. Grab 8-16 of your best friends and make a reservation for a themed pre-fixe dinner at Funkenhausen, complemented by Partyboi. On the last day of Oktoberfest, October 6, the restaurant will offer a 3-course dinner for $35, plus the regular dinner menu, and close out the night with kegs of Partyboi.

Shoreline Sightseeing Oktoberfest Chicago Cruise

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September 26 @ Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier

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Shoreline Sightseeing brings back their Oktoberfest Chicago Cruise on September 26 this year. Spend two hours on the Chicago River and enjoy a traditional German dinner served by the staff of Paulina Market. Throw in classic Oktoberfest brews, live music and dancing from the Paloma Band, and a souvenir stein and you’ve got an unforgettable evening on the water. Tickets are $59 and only available to passengers age 21 and over.

Revolution Oktoberfest

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September 27 – 28 @ Revolution Brewpub

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Revolution Brewing Company will be hosting a celebration outside their Milwaukee Avenue brewpub called Revolution Oktoberfest. This festival features live music and of course, lots of beer, including Revolution Brewing Company’s Oktoberfest, a classic German-style lager. Revolution Oktoberfest’s suggested entry donation is $5 and proceeds go to the neighborhood school programs of Friends of Goethe School.

Oktoberfest Chicago

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September 27 – 29 @ St. Alphonsus Church

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The Oktoberfest Chicago festival at St. Alphonsus Church has everything that comes to mind when you hear “Oktoberfest.” Coming back for its 19th season, Oktoberfest Chicago is one of the city’s most popular annual fall events. The promise of beer, brats, and giant pretzels lures thousands to this weekend-long festival. Beer tastings and live music from authentic German bands keep visitors entertained for three days straight. Feel free to bring the whole family to this Oktoberfest location for face painting and polka lessons at Kinderfest, the kid-centric Oktoberfest held on Saturday and Sunday.

Oktoberfest Chicago admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday.

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Oktoberfestiversary

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October 12 – 13 @ 1800 W Cuyler Ave

Celebrating the four-year anniversary of Dovetail Brewery and Bergyle Brewing, Oktoberfestiversary takes place in between both locations and boasts killer food, vendor, and music lineups. The event is free but suggests a $5 donation to benefit the Friendship Center, and is even family-friendly with activities like skeeball, coloring, an art wall, and balloon creations.

Food Truck Lineup:

  • Saturday – Bricks on Wheels
  • Saturday & Sunday – DonerMen
  • Saturday & Sunday – Bopbartruck
  • Saturday & Sunday – Three Legged Tacos
  • Saturday & Sunday – Paulina Meat Market
  • Saturday & Sunday – Mac Dynamite
  • Saturday & Sunday – Fido to go Dog & Cat Treat Food Truck
  • Sunday – Our House Pizza

Vendor Lineup:

  • Luckyprints
  • Ritual Coffeehouse
  • Amy’s Candy Bar
  • CHIRP Radio 107.1FM

Saturday Music Lineup:

1pm – The Last Drop
2pm – The Purcells
3pm – Robert Rolfe Feddersen
4pm – Model Stranger
5pm – Salt Sweat Sugar
6:15pm – Gazebo Effect
7:45pm – Uncle Jesse and The Rippers

Sunday Music Lineup:

1pm – ProstModern Brass
2pm – The Box Band
3pm – Bremer and the No Goods
4pm – Pony Bang Bang
5pm – Catfish and the Dogstars
6:15pm – JETDRIVER
7:45pm – The Ivy Ford Band

Beacon Tavern

Beacon Tavern
Photo Credit: Beacon Tavern Facebook

September 24 – October 27 @ 405 N Wabash Ave

Enjoy specials throughout the month of October at Beacon Tavern, specially curated to be Oktoberfest-inspired. Don’t miss the official Oktoberfest Wine Dinner at Beacon Tavern on Tuesday, October 15th, beginning at 6:30 p.m., which will include a six-course menu with wine pairings.

Food Specials:

  • Country Terrine with paté of pork, spicy mustard, fresh pickles, Riesling gelée, rye bread
  • Charred Cabbage Salad with spiced apple, Emmentaler cheese, bacon lardons, brown butter vinaigrette
  • Braised Chicken with mustard spaetzle, creamed chanterelles
  • Liebesknochen with Crunchy Éclair, cream cheese custard, caramelized apples, Dijon caramel sauce, white chocolate chantilly

Drink Specials:

Wine by the Glass

  • Weingut Becker-Landgraf Pinot Noir, $12
  • Hild Eibling Sekt, $14
  • Klosterhof Schwedhelm “Wontanfels” Riesling, $12
  • J. Baumer Riesling, $12
  • Peter Nicolay Riesling Auslese 2010, $10

Wine by the Bottle

  • Dreissigacker Brut, $65
  • Josten & Klein Gartenlay Riesling 2013, $55
  • Spindler Ungeheuer Trocken, $99
  • Lemberger, $65
  • Weinreich Pinot Blanc “Orange” 2014, $55

Beer by the Glass

  • Paulaner Marzen
  • Metropolitan Afterburner 987

Cocktail

  • Kirschkaffe with coffee, cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, $13

The Gage

Photo Credit: The Gage Facebook

September 24 – October 27 @ 24 S Michigan

Indulge in Oktoberfest-inspired food and drink pairings at the Gage all October!

Food Specials:

  • Country Terrine with paté of pork, spicy mustard, fresh pickles, Riesling gelée, rye bread
  • Apple and Smoked Chicken Salad with endive, smoked chicken thigh, [local farm] apples, sunflower seed, herb cream
  • Maultaschen with veal-stuffed ravioli, caramelized onions, brown butter, fresh dill, sour cream
  • Braised Pork Shank with house-made bratwurst, potato galette, sauerkraut
  • Apfelkuchen with stout cake, apple butter and compressed apples, egg foam, spice ice cream

Drink specials:

Wine by the Glass

  • Heger Pinot Noir, $14
  • Hild Elbling Sekt, $14
  • Dreissigacker Brut, $15
  • Spindler Trocken, $15
  • J. Baumer Riesling, $12
  • Peter Nicolay Riesling Auslese 2010, $10

Wine by the Bottle

  • Weinreich Pinot Blanc “Orange” 2014, $55
  • Josten & Klein Gartenlay Riesling 2013, $55
  • Richard Bocking Grosse Lage Ungsberg, $65
  • Spindler Ungeheuer Trocken, $99

Beer by the Glass

  • Paulaner Marzen
  • Revolution Oktoberfest

Cocktail

  • Kirschkaffe with coffee, cherry liqueur, vanilla bean, whipped cream, chocolate shavings, $13

Oktoberfest in the Suburbs

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Photo Credit: Two Brothers

Don’t worry suburbanites – there are plenty of Oktoberfest Chicago events for you too. Two Brothers Oktoberfest in Aurora features beer tastings, live music, yummy schnitzel, and competitions for Two Brothers gift cards on September 22. Oak Park’s Oaktoberfest has a root beer garden for the kids and an adult beer garden stocked with local brews for the grown-ups on September 20 – 21. Or you can support the Naperville Heritage Society while enjoying beer and polka music at the historic Naper Settlement on October 4 – 5.

 

No two Oktoberfest locations are exactly alike! Each has its own perks, but most importantly, the wide variety gives every Chicagoan the chance to enjoy these favorite fall festivities. Whether you’re bringing the kids or the dog, partying in the streets or enjoying a sit-down dinner, there’s an Oktoberfest in or near Chicago for you.

 

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