Autumn is upon us and with it comes the one holiday when Americans near and far proudly celebrate their 1/16 of German ancestry- Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest Chicago is returning to St. Alphonus for its 17th year Friday, Sep 29 – Sunday, Oct 1 with plenty of brats, German beer and entertainment.
As one of Chicago’s most popular fall celebrations, Oktoberfest hosts plenty of German festivities that span over three days and take place both inside and outside St. Alphonsus Church located in Chicago’s West Lakeview neighborhood.
Friday: Gates open on Friday at 5pm and the fun begins at 6pm with a Craft Beer tasting session- guests can choose from over 40 samples of craft options and receive a souvenir tasting glass and pretzel necklace. Entertainment will also be happening on, not one, but TWO stages. Friday features the Boy Band Review, 16 Candles, The Gingers and 97 Nine.
Saturday: The festival continues on, with gates opening early at 11am and closing at 10pm. Saturday includes entertainment from Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle, To the 9’s, Stache, One Night Band, Too White Crew, Helicopters, Trippin BIllies, Polkaholics and Libido Funk Circus. Another opportunity to enjoy the Craft Beer tasting session will take place on Saturday night from 6-9pm and during the day (11-4pm) children can celebrate with “Kinderfest”- full of kid-centered activities and family-friendly entertainment.
Sunday: The final day of Oktoberfest will open at 11am and close at 7pm with performances from InRoads, American English, School of Rock and Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle. In addition to the entertainment, Kinderfest activities will also be available from 11am to 4pm.
Food and craft vendors will be at Oktoberfest each day, offering a variety of German-themed foods including pretzels and brats.
Admission costs $10/ticket on Friday, $5/ticket before 5pm on Saturday, $10/ticket after 5pm on Saturday and $5/ticket on Sunday. Free admission is offered all weekend to men and women with a Military I.D. (+1 guest). The Craft Beer tasting sessions held on Friday and Saturday cost $40/ticket and include 20 beer samples, a souvenir tasting glass and pretzel necklace. Tasting tickets are valid for one session, not both days, with a limit of 650 attendees/night. For more ticket information, visit this page.
Searching for a place to stay during Oktoberfest? Then consider reserving a weekend in the beautiful Majestic Hotel. With its classic charm and incredibly close location to St. Alphonsus Church, the Majestic provides a quiet escape from the exciting festival whenever you need it.
Where: 1429 W Wellington Ave. Chicago, IL
When: Sep 29 – Oct 1
Admission: Fri $10 | Sat $5 before 5pm, $10 after 5pm | Sun $5
WHERE TO STAY
This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499