Street festivals allow a neighborhood to foster a sense of community without having to draft yet another state constitution. Rub shoulders with the city with today's GrouponLive deal: for $20, you get a three-day VIP package to Oktoberfest Chicago (a $44.50 total value), which includes the following:
- A three-day pass (a $15 value)
- 22 food and drink tickets (a $22 value)
- A souvenir beer mug (a $7.50 value)
The festival will take place at Southport and Lincoln Avenues on Friday, September 23 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and on Saturday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, September 25 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oktoberfest Chicago immerses festivalgoers within the bustling cacophony of traditional Bavarian music, libations, and food at the St. Alphonsus food tents. Vendors exchange traditional German food, homemade bratwurst, and premium beer for tickets or convincing palm readings, and live dancers entertain throughout the evenings. Two stages host live bands throughout the weekend, including the resonant tubas of The Polkaholics and the contemporary grooves of RadioLive. KinderFest entertains families on Sunday afternoon, and past KinderFests have featured face painting and dance lessons. A souvenir beer mug and temporary fingerprint tattoos ensure attendees don't leave the festival empty handed, unlike last winter's Existentialist Fest.
Chicago Craft Beer Festival
Thanks to the innumerable breweries strewn throughout its iconic neighborhoods, Chicago has grown into a craft beer hot spot. During the Chicago Craft Beer Festival, the metropolis’s brews shine alongside regional and national beers beloved for their unorthodox flavor notes, subtle malt flavors, and Brooklyn accents. As participants traverse a stretch of Sheffield Avenue—accompanied by live music—they can sample more than 100 distinct beers, comparing ales, pilsners, and Belgian-style suds.