Southport & Lincoln Avenue
Benefits: St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church
September 23: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
September 24: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
September 25: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
$5 -$7 donation
Oktoberfest in Lincoln Square Website
Nothing says October better than a brat and a beer on an Indian summer day. Spend an autumn afternoon exploring the historically German-American neighborhood of Lincoln Square and celebrate Oktoberfest with music, kids’ activities (Kinderfest), and, of course, homemade brats and kegs of beer.
What to Expect
Oktoberfest is the party of the year for this charming, traditionally German corner of Chicago, located at the intersection of Lawrence, Western and Lincoln Avenues. Explore pedestrian friendly Lincoln Ave., where you’ll find the bulk of the festival’s activities, including two music stages, booths highlighting local businesses and of course, the beer tent. Crowd pleasers The Polkaholics hit both stages Friday night at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the German folk band Die Musicmeisters, play at 11 a.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday, is sure to put you into the Oktoberfest spirit – don’t forget your dancing shoes!
Dine and Shop the Square
A visit to Lincoln Square wouldn’t be complete without stepping into some of its famed boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
4732 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
Chicago Brauhaus has been serving up good Bavarian cheer and beer for over 40 years: order the German special plate for a taste of German bratwurst, Sheboygan bratwurst, Kassler rippchen potato and sauerkraut. They cater to people of all ages – so it’s a good spot to bring the kids and get their famous Spaten Oktoberfest Beer. The Brauhaus also offers a special Oktoberfest show on Wednesdays through Sunday from September 28th through October 30th.
4716 N. Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
Pretty yourself up for th fest at Merz Apothecary – the 135-year-old Chicago institution for beauty and wellness products where you’ll find a wide selection of specialty items from Germany and beyond. A pharmacy steeped in history as it served a massive European clientele it’s now a mecca for folks to stock up on head-to-toe specialty items.