Written By: Jessie White
While some may dread the Summer season slipping away, there is much to be said of the way Chicago knows how to celebrate the return of Autumn. With fall finally here, that means that Chicago gets to finally welcome back Oktoberfest. The worldwide festival celebrating Bavarian culture and all things alcohol is upon us and everyone knows that Chicago knows a thing or two about its drinking holidays. The city will have no shortages of Oktoberfest activities, with different celebrations taking place in every neighborhood of the city. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of some of the most unique and entertaining Oktoberfest activities this month so that you don’t have to get overwhelmed by all of the options. So get your steins and stomachs prepared for the German celebration that has swept our nation!
Shoreline Sightseeing Oktoberfest Beer, Brats, and Boats Celebration
When you think Oktoberfest you probably don’t imagine yourself on the water, but who has a problem with that?! Enhance your Oktoberfest experience by celebrating the festival on a boat! On Thursday, September 26th, Shoreline Sightseeing (a Chicago favorite) will be hosting an evening of German festivities and classic atmosphere on with a two-hour brew cruise featuring german beers, brats, and live music all aboard!
Buy tickets here.
Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest
Revolution Brewing, a Chicago staple among avid beer aficionados, will be hosting its very own street festival to celebrate all things Bavarian. The brewery’s classic Oktoberfest lager will be taking center stage with the barrel-aged beer tent alongside live music acts, food vendors, and much more. Revolution Brewing’s Oktoberfest will take place on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th with the ceremonial tapping of the keg taking place at 3 pm on Friday.
To check out the musical lineup and more visit revbrew.
St. Al’s Oktoberfest
On September 27th-29th in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago you will be strongly encouraged to bring out the lederhosen and celebrate the spirit of Autumn at St. Al’s Oktoberfest. Taking place around St. Alphonsus’ Church on Wellington Avenue, guests will be encouraged to enjoy beer tastings, brats, Bavarian pretzels, and live German tunes to their heart’s content at one of Chicago’s most popular Oktoberfest celebrations.
For exclusive beer tasting, a ticket purchase is required. For ticket prices please visit eventbrite.
Where to Stay?
The City Suites Hotel
In the heart of Northalsted (formerly Boystown), accessible by the Red Line.
The Willows Hotel
Located at the edge of Lakeview and Lincoln Park, accessible via Brown Line train
The Majestic Hotel
Located in the heart of Wrigleyville, accessible via Red Line train
The Ivy Hotel
Located near the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s Loop