12 Ways to Celebrate Oktoberfest in Chicago

Raise a stein of bier at these local spots.

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St. Alphonsus Church celebrates its 12th year of Oktoberfest Chicago celebrations on Sept. 28-30. Expect two stages of music, food and kids activities at this historic church that dates back to the late 1800s. $5 suggested donation.
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Get your German on in Naperville Oct. 5-6 at the Naper Settlement at its Oktoberfest 2012 celebration.. Live entertainment ranges from classic German Oompa music to classic rock, along with German beer and cuisine.
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Goose Island Wrigleyville brewpub hosts its annual Oktoberfest celebration by unveiling its Goose Island Brewpubs' Oktoberfest beer on September 27th. Munch on German food, win Goose Island prize packages and dance to polka music from the "Chardon Polka Band". $25 all-inclusive food and beer package from 7-9pm.
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The East Lakeview Neighbors Association hosts its 14th annual Oktoberfest celebration on September 30 at Murphy's Bleachers from 3-7 p.m. $25 admission gets you grub from the pig roast, drinks and prizes.
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You can celebrate Oktoberfest year-round at Wrigleyville's or Bucktown's Uberstein, so things promise to be even more intense over the next month at a beer hall that pays homage to German beer, culture, live music and food that ranges from schnitzels, sausages to pretzels.
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Frontier restaurant celebrates Oktoberfest on October 13, with food specials all day long such as Venison Knockwurst, Boar Jagerwurst and Homemade Bratwurst on the grill. Oktoberfest beer will also be available and an Oompah band beginning at 3 p.m.
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The Pony hosts Robbie and Riemer's Annual Oktoberfestapalooza on Sept. 30th, a celebration that includes a complimentary tasting, a yodeling contest, polka dance-off, lederhosen and polka musical chairs. $8 32-ounce Steins filled with your choice of beer will keep things festive.
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Timothy O'Toole's Pub goes German at its Streeterville location on Sept. 28-29 with five German biers (25-ounce jumbo steins) and three food specials, all served by beer wenches and staff dressed in Oktoberfest attire. The celebratory atmosphere and oom pah pah music will play on until 4 a.m.
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It only makes sense that a restaurant called Prost! would be doing Oktoberfest up in a big way. Anyone wearing lederhosen to the Lincoln Park eatery during the month of October will receive a free wurst sausage. Executive chef Ian Flowers is also hosting The Oktoberfest Dinner Series -- an authentic German Beer five-course tasting and pairing event every Tuesday night in October at 7pm.
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Joe's Bar on Weed Street promises to be a raucous time with the 4th Annual Oktoberfest in Chicago hosted by Zane Lamprey and presented by Jagermeister on Sept. 29th. $1,000 in prizes will be given away in contests that range from stein-holding competitions to yodeling. $72 scores you all you can drink from 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
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CitySwarm Chicago hosts an Oktoberfest Pub Crawl Oct. 4th. It all kicks off at Berghoff and then a trolley will take you to Chicago Brauhaus, and Prost! The $39-$49 ticket price includes a German meal and three beers along the way.
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Bull & Bear and Public House is offering a special selection of Oktoberfest beers throughout the month of October. Public House hosts a special Oktoberfest celebration on October 4. Tickets are $40 at the door, which includes several food and drink deals (including a beer tasting and 50 percent off the new fall menu), $20 in gift certificates to Public House and Bull & Bear.
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