The annual Oktoberfest celebrations in Munich are back on for 2022 after a multi-year hiatus, and plenty of Chicago institutions are following suit with 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 celebrations during Oktoberfest in Chicago, taking place at zoos, food halls and even aboard a Chicago boat tour. 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 17–October 3, Chicago's celebrations generally take place anywhere from mid-September to mid-October. In 2022, you'll find parties every weekend from September 10–October 9.