Chicago Oktoberfest: German-American Celebration Guide

Wear your lederhosen or dirndl and celebrate the Deutschland heritage! Experience everything you’d expect from an Oktoberfest – and then some more – at the Chicago German-American Oktoberfest.

This iconic Lincoln Square Street party returns, kicking off Chicago’s Oktoberfest season. First, attend German mass and catch the sought-after Von Steuben Parade. Then, feast on authentic treats and wash them down with craft beer. Make the most of your experience by embracing live performances and the joyous atmosphere of carnival games as well. 

Follow along with anticipation as we uncover all the fun activities at the Chicago German-American Oktoberfest, providing you with an insider’s view of this celebration.

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest Tickets

Admission to Oktoberfest Chicago is free.

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Feel the true vibe of the Windy City after having the best time at Oktoberfest Chicago with these other attractions and hotels:


Chicago Oktoberfest German-American  Activities

German Mass Service

Join the German Mass Service and give thanks for the abundant celebration of the best Oktoberfest in Chicago.

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Food, Beer, and Wine Feast

Relish every bite of bratwurst and pretzel, while sipping from steins and savoring wine. This vibrant celebration unfolds beneath grand tents, serving up an array of authentic German culinary delights.

Von Steuben Parade

Make a point to join the traditional parade that proudly winds its way up Lincoln Avenue and Western Avenue. This happens on September 09, 2023, at 2 PM.

Live Entertainment

Swing to the melodies of German bands as you savor delectable cuisines. The festivities continue with three Chicago-based traditional singing and dancing ensembles, performing after the parade.

Family Fun Games

Be sure to enjoy quality time with your youngsters while engaging in carnival games and discovering the excitement of the fair’s amusement section.

Chicago German American Oktoberfest Dates and Time

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest Beef Festival runs on September 8 to 10, 2023.

Friday – 8 AM Opening Ceremony
Festivities start at 5 PM to 11 PM

Saturday – Noon to 11 PM

Sunday – 11 AM German Mass Service
Festivities start at Noon to 11 PM

Chicago German-American Oktoberfest Venue

Located at Oktoberfest Chicago Lincoln Square, at the corner of Lincoln and Western Avenues.

Experience Chicago German-American Oktoberfest

Get a taste of Germany’s biggest Volksfest at the Chicago German-American Oktoberfest Beer Festival! For three days, everyone is invited to indulge in German beer, live music, and savory food.

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Start the day by joining the annual parade with a route that starts on Irving Park Road and ends at Western Avenue. Then, join the thousands as they taste strudels and steins.

To make the event as authentic as possible, there will be traditional singing and dancing groups at the event. Watch their performances, or even better, groove and belt out some songs with your fellow attendees.

Bringing the kids? Don’t worry as there’s entertainment and activities for everyone, making it one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations. Little ones can visit the amusement section and play carnival games where they can win prizes.

Head to Lincoln Square Oktoberfest Chicago and celebrate the German heritage! Meanwhile, you can make a vacation out of it and take the chance to attend more local events happening from September 17 onwards like St Alphonsus Oktoberfest with our Chicago Vacation Packages.


Start Date:

September 8, 2023

End Date:

September 10, 2023






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