A Guide to Celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago

A Guide to Celebrating Oktoberfest in Chicago


Bethany Rae, September 26, 2019


Anyone who’s seen Ferris Bueller’s Day Off knows Chicagoans  aren’t too shy to rock a good lederhosen; But if you happened to miss the Von Steuben German Day parade (featured in the iconic 1986 film), we’re here to tell you how to make up for it. Welcome to your guide to all things Oktober. Bitte schön.

St Al’s Oktoberfest

St Alphonsus Catholic Church

1429 West Wellington Ave


Friday, September 27th 5pm- 10pm

Saturday, September 28th 11am- 10pm

Sunday, September 29th 11am- 7pm

Expect beer, brats, and Bavarian music. Plus Kinderfest is in full swing Saturday and Sunday (noon- 4pm). Free with admission, Kinderfest features family-friendly games and crafts.

Tickets cost $10 Friday and Saturday, $5 Sunday.

Enjoy 40+ brews at the church’s Craft Beer nights (6- 9pm Sat, 4- 7pm Sun). Tickets can be purchased here and include 20 samples, a souvenir glass, pretzel necklace, and admission to the festival grounds.

St. AL

Beer Fest on the Beach: Oktoberfest Edition

Shore Club

1603 North Lakeshore Drive


Friday, September 27th 6pm- 9pm

For a unique setting in which to sip your favorite autumnal ales, head over to the Shore Club for their lake-side take on an Oktoberfest party. Tickets run $25- $30 and can be purchased here. Price includes three hours of beer tastings, giveaways, and more. Guests will also receive freebies such as free rides from Via, $10 in free food from DoorDash, even free on-demand dog walks. Enter their photo contest by hash-tagging your posted pics with #rivernorthfests

The Beach

Revolution Oktoberfest

Revolution Brewing

2323 North Milwaukee


Friday, September 27th 3pm- 10pm

Saturday, September 28th noon- 10pm

This brutish Bavarian block party kicks off with the ceremonial tapping of the first Oktoberfest Lager keg at 3pm on the 27th. After that, enjoy Metal Friday as metal bands pummel the stage all night long. Punk rock takes over on Saturday with another plethora of live music. Admission is simply a “suggested donation” of $5; However, there will be lots to purchase and proceeds will go to Friends of Goethe School for the third consecutive year.

Revolution Brewery


Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest

Hofbräuhaus Chicago

5500 Park Place


Ongoing; Now until October 31st

Dust off that tirolerhut and celebrate like a German by clinking steins of seasonal Oktoberfestbier in their classic beer hall. Highlights include authentic live music and bands, singers, and dancers…as well as weekly food specials such as schnitzels and sausages. Click here to view their featured line-up and make a table reservation.



Artifacts Events

4325 North Ravenswood


Thursday, October 10th 6- 9pm (VIPs enter 5:30)

Wedtoberfest combines an informative wedding expo with a fun-filled beer festival. Guests use their commemorative glass to sample beverage flights and pours from featured breweries. Visit the hand-selected vendors and enjoy food and beverage tastings as you stroll. VIPs can expect early, express (no lines) entry as well as added beer tastings and an extra full pour (plus an upgraded swag bag). Be sure to stop by the Northern Fork booth and try mini stroopwaffles, apple pie bites, bourbon saison cocktails, and nibbles from one of our unique grazing tables. BONUS: If you book your wedding with NF after visiting our booth, you will receive a free rental of our Pretzel Display.

Ticket pricing is as follows: Single Ticket $20, Pair $35, VIP Single Ticket $30, VIP Pair $50

Purchase here.


**Don’t miss Northern Fork at the upcoming Beer and Bacon Classic (10.12.19) at Soldier Field! We’ll be serving pork belly bites and bacon peanut butter popcorn. And check out photos from our recent party where guests couldn’t get enough of our pretzel wall and mini brats with kraut; Give us a call and let Northern Fork bring Oktoberfest to you. Prost!

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