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The best parties and events during Oktoberfest in Chicago

Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago at events and parties stocked with beer and delicious German cuisine

Revolution Oktoberfest
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As the fall foliage in Chicago begins to come into view, you might be feeling the urge to drink amber beer, devour a plate of sausages and dance to polka music. Don't worry, it's totally natural—the season for Oktoberfest in Chicago celebrations has officially arrived. Some of Chicago's best breweries create German-inspired suds and throw street festivals, parties and other festive events. You can even sip a beer while cruising across Lake Michigan on an Oktoberfest-themed Chicago boat tour. Want an excuse to wear lederhosen or show off your stein-holding prowess? Join the festivities and sample some amazing Bavarian cuisine at events where you can experience Oktoberfest in Chicago.

Chicago Oktoberfest events

Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest
Photograph: Johnny Knight

Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest

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If you can't make it to Germany for Oktoberfest this year, head to Rosemont and celebrate the beer-soaked holiday at Hofbräuhaus Chicago. The beer hall's celebration runs from September 13 through October 31 and features live music, huge steins of Oktoberfestbier and a menu of Bavarian schnitzels, sausages and more (Oktoberfest specials are offered beginning at 4pm Monday through Friday and beginning at 11am on Saturdays and Sundays). Stop by on Friday and Saturday nights to take part in the “Masskrugstemmen” stein-holding contest, which challenges participants to hold a filled one-liter stein parallel to the floor using only one arm.