Ring in the Fall with Oktoberfest Chicago

A few things typically come to mind when someone says the word Oktoberfest: beer, Germany, lederhosen, and beer. Did we say beer? Beer.

Oktoberfest Chicago embraces all three of these (lederhosen sold separately).


Date & Time

Oktoberfest takes place from Friday – Sunday, Sept 25-27.


Hours: Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm



Southport & Lincoln Ave in West Lakeview



Oktoberfest will feature live entertainment across two stages all fest long. Plus, there are a bunch of events for kids (we break these down below).

Southport Main Stage
5:30pm – Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle
8:30pm – Wedding Banned
11:00am – Euro Express
12:45pm – South of 80
2:15pm – Jimmy’s Bavarians
5:50pm – The Polkaholics
7:55pm – 16 Candles 
Parking Lot Stage
5:30pm – Stache
8:30pm – Die Musikmeisters
4:30pm – Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle
8:00pm – Trippin Billies



Beer (Yes, again)

And now, for the main event, Craft Beer Night. From 6 pm to 9 pm Friday & Saturday, all attendees will receive 20 tastings of 40+ different beers included in their general admission. You’ll also receive a free pretzel necklace, which is almost just as exciting.



Let’s say the pretzel necklace doesn’t cut it. You’ll also find brats & plenty of other authentic German cuisine to keep the hunger pangs at bay.


Family Fun

KinderFest will be in session on both Saturday & Sunday. With quite a few activities for children (including polka) there will be more than enough to keep them entertained while you chow down on that pretzel necklace of yours.

Additional Info

  • Proceeds benefit St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church.
  • You can purchase tickets online until 3:00 pm on Friday, Sept 25th.
  • Tickets will also be available at the door if available.
  • The event is indoors and will be held rain or shine.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older to participate in the beer tasting.
  • You can find additional info at ChicagoEvents.com.

Photo Credit: Thrillist

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