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Guide: Where to Celebrate Oktoberfest this Year

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Oktoberfest season is here, meaning much of Chicago is now awash in pilsner, Weiss, and schnitzel. Before donning your lederhosen and hoisting a stein, check out some spots in the area that are offering specials and events that celebrate the season.



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1. Edelweiss German American Cuisine

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7650 W Irving Park Rd
Norridge, IL 60706
(708) 452-6040
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Head out to Norridge to dine on the expansive Oktoberfest menu. Running until November 2, it features pork goulash, a schnitzel sampler, and a three pound pork shank in bock beer sauce.

2. Frontier

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1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(773) 772-4322
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Leave it to Frontier chef Brian Jupiter to celebrate Oktoberfest by making exotic Bavarian sausages. On October 19, taste Jupiter's venison knockwurst, boar jagerwurst and homemade brats. There's also live music and beer specials.

3. Hofbräuhaus Chicago

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5500 Park Pl
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 671-2739
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Recently-opened Hofbrauhaus, the German micro-brewery, beer hall and restaurant, is a good place to go all out for Oktoberfest. Celebrating daily through Halloween, prepare for stein hoisting competitions, German dancers, live music, an "Oktoberfestbier" brewed on-site, a myriad of food specials, and a 20-person bugle and drum corp.

4. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

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216 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 951-2125
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Head to the trendy River North sports bar and eatery from October 1-4 and 14-18 to try their schnitzel burger (breaded pork, dijon mustard, pickled red onion and fried egg). Wash it down with $6 specials or $8 flights of Central Waters Brewers Reserve Oktoberfest, Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest, and Southern Tier Pumpkin.

5. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

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4740 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 561-9181
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For a creative Oktoberfest event, consider "Bridetoberfest." Chicago Green Wedding Alliance and Barley's Angels, a female craft beer enthusiast organization, are combining a craft beer tasting (Goose Island, Revolution, Tighthead Brewing, Two Brothers Brewing, Metropolitan) with wedding planning on October 3. Tickets cost $15.

6. Mirabell Restaurant

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3454 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 463-1962
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Mirabell's Oktoberfest is happening every weekend through October 26 at the classic German spot on the Northwest Side. Expect a menu filled with Bavarian food staple specials, plenty of beer, and raucous live music.

7. Standard Market

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333 E Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
(630) 366-7030
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Standard Market in Westmont is celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. They're serving up Revolution brews in commemorative beer steins for $12 (refills $8) along with pretzel platters, brats, and live music. Look for beer samples and other Bavarian food specials all weekend.

8. Chicago Brauhaus

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4732 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 784-4444
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Where better to celebrate Oktoberfest than the quintessential Lincoln Square German spot? Beginning Wednesday and running through October 27, get happy five days a week on beer, sausage, and lively music.

9. High Noon Saloon

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1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 227-9339
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The Wicker Park Old West and Mexican spot is offering Das Boot, an 80-ounce boot-shaped beer stein, for just $20 domestic or $26 import or craft through October 6.

10. Hannah's Bretzel

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400 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 621-1111
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Hannah's Bretzel, the eco-friendly fast casual local chain, is offering an "Oktuberfest" sandwich at all locations until October 27. It consists of beer-braised German bratwurst from Gene's Sausage Shop, sauerkraut, whole grain honey mustard, and caramelized onions on pretzel baguette for $8.89.

11. Old Town Social

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455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 266-2277
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Get decked out in your best Oktoberfest outfits and head to Old Town Social on Friday. Not only will there be beer boots and Jared Van Camp's take on German dishes, but also expect live music, a DJ, and costume prizes.

12. Brasserie by LM

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800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 431-1788
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Brasserie by LM is stepping outside of French cuisine and into Bavarian in honor of Oktoberfest. Enjoy a traditional weisswurst served with apple honey mustard and Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier for $19 through October 6.

13. World of Beer

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1601 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
(847) 328-3688
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With a beer selection in the triple digits, there's few better places to celebrate Oktoberfest than World of Beer. Stop by Thursday through Saturday between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. for stein hoisting and pretzel eating contests, live music, food, and of course beer.

1. Edelweiss German American Cuisine

7650 W Irving Park Rd, Norridge, IL 60706
Head out to Norridge to dine on the expansive Oktoberfest menu. Running until November 2, it features pork goulash, a schnitzel sampler, and a three pound pork shank in bock beer sauce.
7650 W Irving Park Rd
Norridge, IL 60706

2. Frontier

1072 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60642
Leave it to Frontier chef Brian Jupiter to celebrate Oktoberfest by making exotic Bavarian sausages. On October 19, taste Jupiter's venison knockwurst, boar jagerwurst and homemade brats. There's also live music and beer specials.
1072 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

3. Hofbräuhaus Chicago

5500 Park Pl, Rosemont, IL 60018
Recently-opened Hofbrauhaus, the German micro-brewery, beer hall and restaurant, is a good place to go all out for Oktoberfest. Celebrating daily through Halloween, prepare for stein hoisting competitions, German dancers, live music, an "Oktoberfestbier" brewed on-site, a myriad of food specials, and a 20-person bugle and drum corp.
5500 Park Pl
Rosemont, IL 60018

4. Municipal Bar + Dining Co.

216 W Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60654
Head to the trendy River North sports bar and eatery from October 1-4 and 14-18 to try their schnitzel burger (breaded pork, dijon mustard, pickled red onion and fried egg). Wash it down with $6 specials or $8 flights of Central Waters Brewers Reserve Oktoberfest, Boulevard Bob's '47 Oktoberfest, and Southern Tier Pumpkin.
216 W Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60654

5. DANK Haus German American Cultural Center

4740 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
For a creative Oktoberfest event, consider "Bridetoberfest." Chicago Green Wedding Alliance and Barley's Angels, a female craft beer enthusiast organization, are combining a craft beer tasting (Goose Island, Revolution, Tighthead Brewing, Two Brothers Brewing, Metropolitan) with wedding planning on October 3. Tickets cost $15.
4740 N Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

6. Mirabell Restaurant

3454 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618
Mirabell's Oktoberfest is happening every weekend through October 26 at the classic German spot on the Northwest Side. Expect a menu filled with Bavarian food staple specials, plenty of beer, and raucous live music.
3454 W Addison St
Chicago, IL 60618

7. Standard Market

333 E Ogden Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Standard Market in Westmont is celebrating Oktoberfest on Saturday afternoon from 1-4 p.m. They're serving up Revolution brews in commemorative beer steins for $12 (refills $8) along with pretzel platters, brats, and live music. Look for beer samples and other Bavarian food specials all weekend.
333 E Ogden Ave
Westmont, IL 60559

8. Chicago Brauhaus

4732 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Where better to celebrate Oktoberfest than the quintessential Lincoln Square German spot? Beginning Wednesday and running through October 27, get happy five days a week on beer, sausage, and lively music.
4732 N Lincoln Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

9. High Noon Saloon

1560 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
The Wicker Park Old West and Mexican spot is offering Das Boot, an 80-ounce boot-shaped beer stein, for just $20 domestic or $26 import or craft through October 6.
1560 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

10. Hannah's Bretzel

400 N La Salle Dr, Chicago, IL 60654
Hannah's Bretzel, the eco-friendly fast casual local chain, is offering an "Oktuberfest" sandwich at all locations until October 27. It consists of beer-braised German bratwurst from Gene's Sausage Shop, sauerkraut, whole grain honey mustard, and caramelized onions on pretzel baguette for $8.89.
400 N La Salle Dr
Chicago, IL 60654

11. Old Town Social

455 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Get decked out in your best Oktoberfest outfits and head to Old Town Social on Friday. Not only will there be beer boots and Jared Van Camp's take on German dishes, but also expect live music, a DJ, and costume prizes.
455 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60610

12. Brasserie by LM

800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605, Chicago, IL 60605
Brasserie by LM is stepping outside of French cuisine and into Bavarian in honor of Oktoberfest. Enjoy a traditional weisswurst served with apple honey mustard and Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier for $19 through October 6.
800 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
Chicago, IL 60605

13. World of Beer

1601 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60201
With a beer selection in the triple digits, there's few better places to celebrate Oktoberfest than World of Beer. Stop by Thursday through Saturday between 5 p.m. and 1 a.m. for stein hoisting and pretzel eating contests, live music, food, and of course beer.
1601 Sherman Ave
Evanston, IL 60201

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