Our great city is a melting pot of new and adopted traditions, grand ideas, and the hustle of bustle of eventful celebrations. One of those splendid festivities is Oktoberfest, and here’s the 411 on how Chicago is ringing in the celebration.
Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Germany, at the wedding of Bavarian Crown Prince Louis of Bavaria and Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The royal couple invited the citizens of Bavaria to rejoice in their matrimony in front of the city gates during a five-day-long fest of hearty food, beer, horseracing dancing, and laughter. It’s evolved internationally to a sixteen day celebration, usually begins the last week of September and follows into the first week of October. It’s grown to include anything from agricultural shows, carousels, tree climbing competitions, wheelbarrow and sack races, mush-eating contests, goose chases, and amusements rides.
Now for the good stuff. Here at home, close to most of our properties, Lakeview hosts Oktoberfest from Friday, Sept 28 to Sunday, Sept 30. Join the fun at St. Alphonsus Church; admission is just $5. You’ll find loads of bratwurst, beer, and music – and more! This annual Oktoberfest takes place at Lincoln and Southport Avenues and benefits the St. Alphonsus church, which is one of the oldest in Chicago.
And even better – our very own Logan Square is taking part in Oktoberfest! Revolution Brewing – which is really close to Renaissance West – has opened a brand new state of the art brewery at 3340 N. Kedzie. They jumpstarted the celebration last Saturday, and we hear it was a blast. You can probably still catch the echoes of good times.
To see what all the fuss is about you can head to the brewery’s website to check out other events, new beer releases, and information about their new brewery. Or, stop by as you take a stroll in lovely Logan Square.
Glücklich weisn everyone!