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Hop to It!
Hiba Abdillahi | Photo: Matt Four | September 20, 2013
Thanks to the influx of countless microbreweries and local eateries spotlighting craft suds, beer has never been hotter—or should we say cooler? And there’s no better time to enjoy everyone’s favorite libation (and maybe a bratwurst or two) than at Chicago’s many Oktoberfest celebrations. From traditional German-themed festivals to nightlong pub crawls, here are five events we’re looking forward to.
1. Head to the famous St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church for the 13th annual Oktoberfest Chicago Sept. 27-29. Enjoy traditional German fare, a bevy of brews, live music on two stages and activities for the whole family. New is year is a Craft Beer Night on Sept. 27 featuring tastings from 20 top breweries for $30. Best of all? Proceeds from the three-day event benefit St. Alphonsus, a West Lakeview landmark since the late 1800s. Hours vary. St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave., oktoberfestchicago.org
2. Wrap of September at the 15th annual East Lakeview Neighbors Oktoberfest celebration Sept. 29. Indulge in a smorgasbord of roasted pig, brats and grilled chicken and vegetables while tipping back a few pints of ale or a glass or two of wine. Don’t miss the silent auction filled with sports memorabilia, tickets to premier concerts and sporting events, and gift certificates to local businesses. 3pm. Tickets $25-$30. Murphy’s Bleachers, 3655 N. Sheffield Ave., eastlakeview.org
3. It may not be in the vein of beer steins and sauerkraut, but we’ll still stand in line for the fifth annual River North OctoberFeast on Oct 1. Hosted by the River North Business Association, this tasting tour boasts some of the ’hood’s hottest restaurants, including Sunda, La Madia and Rockit Bar & Grill. Be sure to stick around for the rockin’ after-party at Castle! 5-10pm. Tickets $55-$75. Check-in at John Barleycorn (149 W. Kinzie St.); VIP check-in at Redhead Piano Bar (16 W. Ontario St.), octoberfeastchicago.com
4. Make a night of it at the Oktoberfest Pup Crawl on Oct. 3, which will take you and your friends to three Chicago landmarks. The evening kicks of at The Berghoff, where you’ll enjoy their signature Dortmunder-style beer, brats and potato pancakes. Continue the celebration (via a private BYOB trolley) at Chicago Brauhaus (4732 N. Lincoln Ave.) and Prost (2566 N. Lincoln Ave.). 6:30pm. Tickets $36 in advance; $46 at the door. Check-in at The Berghoff, 17 W. Adams St., 773.340.1358, cityswarmchicago.com
5. And if one month of festivities wasn’t enough, be sure to check out Beer Hoptacular, returning for its fourth year Nov. 8-9. This growing fest (more than 6,000 attended last year) features more than 50 craft brewers pouring upwards of 130 varieties of ales, along with beer pairing classes, cooking and brewing demos, and plenty of opportunities to connect with top experts. Tickets $45-$85. Lacuna Artist Loft, 2150 S. Canalport Ave., beerhoptacular.com