German-American Oktoberfest Sept. 6-8
This massive celebration of all things Deutschland heritage is held in the quaint Lincoln Square neighborhood at the corner of Western and Leland Avenues and serves as the official kickoff for Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago. The street party consists of two giant tents and plenty of German grub, music and dancing. Germanday.com/Oktoberfest
The Berghoff celebrates Sept. 8-Oct. 8
The Berghoff, and its incredible 121-year history in town, is forgoing its normal outdoor festival in favor of an extended celebration inside the iconic restaurant in the Loop. It all kicks off with a tapping-of-the-keg event on Sept. 8, and the fun continues all the way through Oct. 8, with live Oktoberfest music every Thursday-Saturday in that timeframe.
Expect plenty of reubens, sauerbratens and schnitzels throughout the event, which dates back to 1984, and now gets to show off the beautifully restored bar and new in-house brewery, Adams Street Brewery. Enjoy a few pints of their Oktoberfest bier, which happens to be brewed by a third-generation employee. 17 W. Adams. TheBerghoff.com
Revolution Brewery, one of Chicago’s most popular craft beer producers, turns Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square into a block’s worth of Bavaria for two days with another incarnation of its annual Oktoberfest street festival.
Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest Sept. 13-Oct. 31
There’s no celebration like Munich, but this six-week party might come as close as you can find in the Chicago area. Hofbrauhaus in suburban Rosemont features live music, gigantic steins of Oktoberfestbier and a menu of Bavarian schnitzels, sausages and more. Insider’s tip: Oktoberfest specials are offered beginning at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. 5500 Park Place in Rosemont. HofbrauhausChicago.com
Revolution Oktoberfest Sept. 27-28
Revolution Brewery, one of Chicago’s most popular craft beer producers, turns Milwaukee Avenue in Logan Square into a block’s worth of Bavaria for two days with
another incarnation of its annual Oktoberfest street festival that features a barrel-aged beer tent, plenty of live music, great food and more. Located outside the Revolution Brewpub at 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. RevBrew.com
Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus Church Sept 28-30
Arguably the most popular Oktoberfest celebration (and fall event) for locals, this Lakeview festival is coming back for its 18th season with an impressive array of beer, brats and giant pretzels — as well as live music from authentic German bands and plenty to keep the kids entertained, like face painting and polka lessons. Insider’s tip: Don’t miss the craft beer tastings inside the parish’s German beer hall on Friday and Saturday. Located at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport. OktoberfestChicago.org