Guide to Oktoberfest in Illinois

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How would you like it if you could celebrate Oktoberfest without having to leave Illinois? That’s right, no need to travel, just locally of course! Since Oktoberfest is the most popular Festival in the world, it only made sense that other locations picked up on the fun and began to celebrate it themselves.

The ultimate Oktoberfest celebration is filled with varieties of delicious beer, a heap of tasty international foods, the necessary Folk music and clothing to symbolize the culture. If you’re interested in celebrating the Fall Season by attending an Oktoberfest event, take a look below at what we have to offer that may be in your area!

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Recommended Oktoberfest Events in Illinois

naperville-oktoberfest-logoNaperville Oktoberfest – Oct 5-6, 2018
Live Musical Entertainment, German Beer & Cuisine, Children’s Activities
Time: Friday 5-10 pm; Saturday noon-10 pm; Sunday noon-5 pm
Located at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540. Visit website for more information.


Oktoberfest Events Near Illinois

Rocktober Beerfest – Sept 21-23, 2018
Local Beer, Award Winning Local Brats, Samuel Adams Hops Slide, Corn Hole, Costume Contests, Stein Hoisting
Friday: 5pm-11pm; Saturday 12pm-11pm; Sunday: 12pm-10pm
Located at 1609 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657. Call 773-665-4682 or visit website for more information.

Palatine Oktoberfest – Sept 14-16, 2018
Live Entertainment, Bands, Music, Family Bike Ride, Scarecrow Contest, Kid’s Raffle Basket, Face Painting, Balloon-Art, Kids Games, German Food, Beer, German & Domestic Wine
Located across the tracks from the Palatine Train Station, Northwest Line 150 W. Slade St, Palatine, IL. Call 847-925-8048 or visit website for more information.

Galena Oktoberfest – Sep 22, 2018 from Noon to 10 pm
Ceremonial Tapping of the Keg, Non-Stop Live Music, Wiener Dog Races, Polka Lessons & Dancing, Bean Bag Tournament, Beer Stein Endurance Contest, Bounce House and Pumpkin Decorating For The Kids, German-Style Food, Beer, Wine.
Located at Depot Park, Galena, Illinois (Highway 20 and Park Avenue). Call 815-331-0180 or visit website for more information.

Chicago German-American Fest – Sept 7-9, 2018
German Food, Traditional Drinks, Beer & Wine, Dance, Traditional Singing & Dancing, Amusement Section For Family Fun, Parade
Time: Friday – 5 pm – 11 pm, Saturday – Noon to 11 pm, Sunday – Noon to 10 pm
Located Chicago, IL. Visit website for more information.

St. Mary’s Oktoberfest – Oct 5-7, 2018
German Themed Food plus All-American Standards, Beer & Wine Garten, Live Music Bands
Located at 519 East 4th Street, Alton, IL 62002. Call 618-465-4284 or visit website for more information.

Vernon Hills Oktoberfest – Sept 22, 2018
Free Kids Crafts, Free Pumpkins to Paint, Face Painting, Petting Zoo, Free Hay Ride, Inflatables, Beer, Good Food.
Located at 290 Evergreen Drive, Vernon Hills, IL 60061. Call 847-367-3700 or visit website for more information.

Havana Oktoberfest – Sept 7-9, 2018
Polka Pace Race, Bags Tournament, Parade, Carnival, Live Music
Located at Havana, Illinois 62644. Visit Facebook Page for more information.

Oktoberfest Chicago – Sept 28-30, 2018
Handmade Bratwursts, Cold Beer, Music from authentic German Bands
Friday: 5pm –11pm, Saturday: 11pm – 7pm, Sunday: 11am – 7pm
Located at 1429 W Wellington Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60657. Visit website for more information.

Berghoff Oktoberfest
Great Beer, Delicious Food, Live Music
Located at 17 W Adams St Chicago, IL 60603. Call 312-427-3170 or visit website for more information.

St. Benedict’s OktoberFest
Friday: 3pm – 10pm; Saturday: 1pm – 10pm; Sunday: 1pm – 8pm
Located at St. Benedict’s Courtyard, 2215 W Irving Park Road, Chicago, Illinois 60618. Visit website for more information.

Tinley Park Rocktoberfest
Beer, Food, Raffles, Bean Gags, Live Entertainment
Located at 176th and Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park, IL 60477. Call 708-532-5700 or visit website for more information.


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