Oktoberfest is a German festival that has become so popular that it has inspired Bavarian themed celebrations around the world. The traditional festival is being celebrated in Chicago suburbs on the final weekend of Sept. Following are some Chicagoland Oktoberfest festivals on the weekend of Sept. 27-28-29, 2013.
Chicago: Oktoberfest at St. Alphonsus Church runs Fri.-Sun.. The three day fest features beer, brats and live music. The Fri.evening music lineup includes: The Bratwurst Brothers, Eddie Korosa and the Boys from Illinois, Rod Tuffcurls and Benchpress, 7th Heaven and Dot Dot Dot. The Sat. band lineup includes: Euro Express, Die Musikmeisters, The Polkaholics, Horseradish, The Polkaholics, Trippin' Billies, Stache and 16 Candles. The historic church is the corner of Lincoln, Wellington and Southport in South Lakeview. Admission $5. Sun. is family day so admission is free.
Chicago: Navy Pier Oktoberfest is celebrated by various locations on the pier from Sept. 21-Oct. 6. German food specials and seasonal beers are available at at participating restaurants and locations including Billy Goat Tavern, City Porch, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Shoreline Sightseeing “Beer, Brats and Boats” Cruise (Sept. 27), Riva Crab House and Landshark Beer Garden.
Loves Park: The German Society Oktoberfest in Loves Park, in the Rockford area, runs Fri.-Sat., Sept. 27-28. Oktoberfest features Bavarian food, a BierGarten, German polka music and yodeling. The menu includes, Bratwursts, Reubens, Frankfurters, Schnitzels, German Potato Salad, Sauerkraut and desserts. Special events include the Frankfurter Toss, Bier Barrel Racing, Barmaid Stein Race and Strong Arm Lifting Contest. The Wiener Dog races, the Running of the Wieners, add to the fun on Sat.(5 p.m.). Admission $7/day.
Plano: Plano Oktoberfest takes place Fri.-Sun., rain or shine under a huge circus tent located on Main Street in downtown Plano, Ill. Oktoberfest features musical entertainment from authentic German bands, a beer wagon with real German beers and wine, authentic traditional German food - Schnitzel, Roast Pork, Kassler Rippchen, Bratwurst, Potato Salad, Sauerkraut, Strudel and More!
Lake Villa: American Aid Society of German Descendants Oktoberfest in Lake Villa draws a crowd from around the Chicagoland area. The festival runs three Saturdays, Sept. 22, 28 and Oct. 5 (6:30-midnight). The lively fest features German dancing, food, beer, liquors. Admission $8.
Libertyville: MainStreet Libertyville's Oktoberfest is on Sat. MainStreet Libertyville celebrates Oktoberfest under the big top
Vernon Hills: The Village of Vernon Hills Oktoberfest is on Sat.. Activities include kids games, hayrides, music and more. Food and beer is available. The fest is sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District, in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago.
Chicago: Chicago Brauhaus is a popular German restaurant featuring special German food and music for the Oktoberfest season, Sept. 25-Oct. 27. Special Oktoberfest entertainment features The Brauhaus Oktoberfest Band with Max, Cody & Wolfgang. Chicago Brauhaus is at 4732 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago.
Rosemont: Chicago Hofbrauhaus is a replica of the famed beer hall in Munich. Located in Rosemont, near O'Hare Airport, Chicago Hofbrauhaus is a brewery, beer hall and restaurant. Oktoberfest food specials and music are offered Sept. 13-Oct. 31.
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