Several men in lederhosen clink plastic cups of beer seated at a picnic table while while onlookers chat among themselves
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Where to celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago

Raise a stein at these Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the city.

Emma KruppJeffy Mai

The annual Oktoberfest celebrations mark the arrival of fall, but even if you can't make it to Munich, plenty of Chicago institutions are throwing bustling, German-themed parties to ring in a new season. From special tappings at Chicago breweries to carnival rides outside neighborhood churches, we've gathered some of the best parties and events during Oktoberfest in Chicago, taking place at amazing restaurants, food halls and even zoos. Break out those dirndls and lederhosen and prepare to say "Prost"!

What is Oktoberfest? 

Oktoberfest is a multi-week beer festival and fair held in Munich, Germany. Originally conceived to celebrate the marriage of Bavarian King Ludwig I and Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen in 1810, the festival has since evolved into a public event and one of the most important cultural symbols in Bavaria, drawing millions of attendees from across the world each year. 

When is Oktoberfest in Chicago?

Although Munich's Oktoberfest takes place this year from September 16–October 3, Chicago's celebrations generally take place anywhere from mid-September to mid-October. In 2023, you'll find parties every weekend from September 15–October 14. 

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