Berghoff Oktoberfest Chicago
Location (previous years)
(indoors) The Berghoff @ 17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL
(outdoors) Federal Plaza @ 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL
The Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest is Chicago’s longest-running Oktoberfest celebration. The restaurant’s founder, Herman Joseph Berghoff, was a German immigrant in the late 1800s who brought this authentic cultural celebration to the central loop of downtown Chicago.
The Berghoff has been open since 1898, when Herman started selling beer from his own brewery. When prohibition hit, the restaurant became famous for its hearty and authentic German food, which you will find plentiful at the Oktoberfest celebration (tip: don’t skip on the giant Bavarian pretzels)!
The three-day event kicks off with a “tapping of the keg,” and before long everyone is raising their steins with a hearty “prost!” Wear your lederhosen and dance to the traditional German music and contemporary tunes performed live. The event features special lunch and dinner menus, bourbon tasting, and all the bratwursts and pork stew you could want.