Oktoberfest Dining and Drinking Guide
No better way to beckon fall like a bevy of autumnal beers and hearty German sausages. In the welcoming throes of Oktoberfest, here's where to embrace your inner German:
Hofbrauhaus: One of the quintessential destinations for Oktoberfest festivities in Chicagoland is Hofbrauhaus, a veritable slice of Eastern Europe right in the heart of the Midwest. The second annual celebration at this German Mecca takes place now through October 13, featuring the restaurant's freshly brewed Oktoberfestbier, which is made on site using the same centuries-old method perfected in Munich. Daily food specials are on deck Monday through Friday, along with numerous entertainment offerings.
Timothy O'Toole's Pub: For two days, Timothy O'Toole's swaps out its Irish swag in favor of German garb. The famed Irish bar celebrates Oktoberfest Setpember 26 and 27 from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day, featuring steins of Sam Adams Octoberfest and Leinenkugel's Oktoberfest brews. Food specials include chicken schnitzel, bratwurst sandwiches, and soft pretzels. German music will also take place.
- Matt Kirouac