The seasonal changing of the leaves brings with it a number of traditions, such as drinking dark ales, watching football, and trick-or-treating for sausages. Honor some of the season's celebrations with today's deal: for $20, you get a three-day pass (a $15 value), three premium beers (a $15 value), one bratwurst (a $5 value), and one souvenir beer mug (a $7.50 value) at Oktoberfest Chicago. This Lakeview celebration of Germanic goodness spans the weekend of Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26.
Oktoberfest is a time to amble about outdoors and dabble in fine meats and tall mugs of fermented fortune. In between authentic German bites and brews, all are welcome to oom-pah off calories by dancing and prancing to live music, which will be held on two stages. Performers include cover-rockers 16 Candles and Mike and Joe, plus a full billing of traditional German bands. The festival is held under a big-top tent, giving it an air of carnival conviviality not unlike the inside of Pat Boone's sock drawer. Plus, there are plenty of kid-friendly ("Kinderfest") activities, such as milk-carving contests.
All kids enter Oktoberfest for free. You must be 21 or older, with a valid photo ID, to receive beer vouchers.
Although there are few online reviews for Oktoberfest, the event is a 10Best Editor's Pick.
- Chicago's melting pot is home to thousands of pure Germans which means the city hosts an authentic Oktoberfest. Whether or not you've got the German liver to support enormous steins of foaming beer, the fest is full of great live music from polka to rock and, of course, mouth-watering brats. The biergarten is where it's at for the adults, but kids can have their fun too at the "kinderfest." – 10Best
For the first time ever, Chicago Pride Weekend will kick off with the Pride 5K and party, but this isn't a traditional race. While most 5Ks feature t-shirt clad runners jogging around bright and early, this race kicks off as the sun sets over Lake Shore Drive. The dress code is also different; participants here don their sexiest, skimpiest outfits for a run that's less about winning and more about showing off the goods. Everyone's encouraged to register and attend the after-party with a +1. Whether they're coming with a date or scoping out the scene with a wingman, participants will fill the route and party at Diversey Harbor with twice as much fun as usual.
Guests receive two drink tickets for the harbor party, where DJ Adam LeBlanc from Sixteen Candles will pump up the crowd before an after-after-party at D.S. Tequila. Participants will look great in limited-edition T-shirts designed by local artist Borris Powell (included with registration), and can feel great about the cause—the LGBT Senior Center is a joint project of Center on Halsted and Heartland Housing, and is slated to open in Boystown later this year.