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Hofbrauhaus Chicago Celebrates Oktoberfest Sept. 14 - Oct. 28

09/14/2018 - 16:00
10/28/2018 - 23:00
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Since 1810, Bavarians have gathered to celebrate Oktoberfest, an annual festival that began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese and grew to become a worldwide celebration of German tradition. Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s 45-day Oktoberfest celebration includes a plethora of authentic entertainment from a variety of acts including a lively 40-piece German Bugle band, daily live music from authentic “oompah” bands direct from Germany and Austria, live performances by several authentic dance and singing troupes and celebrity keg tapping ceremonies every Friday night.

Festivities will culminate Sunday, October 28 with Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s Halloween Kinderfest. Families are invited to visit the restaurant between 1 and 4 p.m. to celebrate the spookiest time of the year with children’s costume contests, parades, live music, face painting, Halloween-themed arts and crafts stations and more.

In addition to enjoying the nightly entertainment, Oktoberfest guests can also feast upon Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s menu of delectable Bavarian specialties. With a delicious variety of schnitzels, sausages and other German dishes on the menu year-round, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will offer daily Oktoberfest food specials Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to close and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to close.

To pair with its menu of delicious Oktoberfest food specials, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will once again serve its seasonal Oktoberfestbier during the annual celebration. The special beer is brewed at Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s onsite microbrewery using the same method used for centuries at the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, Germany. The brewing of all beers served at Hofbräuhaus Chicago is led by a brew master who is trained in the 400-year-old recipes and techniques needed to produce Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s beer.

Friday and Saturday nights during Oktoberfest, patrons will have the opportunity to participate in the famous “Masskrugstemmen” stein-holding contest. “Masskrugstemmen,” which loosely translates to mean “the lifting of a liter mug of beer,” is a Bavarian sport that requires strength, stamina and pure determination. The “Masskrug” is a one-liter stein, and the goal is to hold the filled stein parallel to the floor using one arm only. The competitor who holds it out the longest is the winner.

Oktoberfest is the best time of year to plan a group outing at Hofbräuhaus Chicago. The venue provides an ideal backdrop for a birthday party, special occasion or corporate event. The Beer Hall or “Schwemme” seats more than 500 guests and the King Ludwig Room can accommodate up to 180 people for a unique celebration. Chicagoans interested in bringing the Oktoberfest celebration to their home or office can now take advantage of Hofbrauhaus Chicago’s catering offerings. More information is available at

At Hofbräuhaus Chicago, guests will feel as though they are stepping into legendary Hofbräuhaus in Munich. With a menu replete with traditional Bavarian specialties served by Dirndl-wearing waitresses, nightly live entertainment from Germany or Austria, the Bavarian-style building also houses an on-site micro-brewery led by a brewmaster trained in the 400-year-old recipes and techniques needed to produce Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s beer. The venue captures Munich’s legendary Gemütlichkeit (a friendly, relaxed, hospitable environment) where guests sit at long, communal tables as they enjoy delicious fare and live music.

Hofbräuhaus Chicago is located at 5500 Park Place in Rosemont’s Parkway Bank Park. Valet parking is available for a minimal charge, and parking is also available in the nearby parking garage (free with validation). An on-site gift store is filled with unique gift items, apparel and traditional beer steins. Reservations are available. For more information, call (847) 671-BREW (2739) or visit