Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 25-27

Chicago Craft Beer Weekend, September 25-27
1953 German Oktoberfest Postcard

I’ve got a butt-load (and a “butt” is a barrel size, so its usage here is all right) of events for this Oktoberfest weekend. And one cancellation:

The Dixie Highway Brewery Trail Oktoberfest scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled due to lack of ticket sales. It seems there have been many events that had been postponed from summer due to the COVID-19 surge, which are being scheduled too close together as fall draws nigh. I hope to offer advance notice of future events in the breweries of the south suburbs.

All Weekend Long

Oktoberfest 2021
Oswego Brewing Co., 61 S. Main St., Oswego, IL (331) 999-1991 Map
$5 1/2L Stein Fills • $10 1L Boot Fills with purchase of Stein or Boot. Pre-order your OBC 1L Boot here:
Featured Beers include:
Friday 9/24
Food: Wurst Kitchen 12-9PM
Music: Moon Rules Apply 7-10PM
Saturday 9/25
*Doors Open at 11AM*
Food: Wurst Kitchen 12-9PM
12-3PM Governor Bowery
4-7PM The Johnny Wagner Band
8-10PM Industrial Drive
Sunday 9/26
*Oktoberfest Family Friendly Day*
Food: Wurst Kitchen 11AM-5PM
Music: Michael Rawls 2-5PM
Bike Bald will be ending their 4th annual “The Wave” Jeep Charity Ride for childhood cancer at OBC.

5:00 – 10:00 pm • BGB Vogt Bier Garden Oktoberfest
Banging Gavel, 17400 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, IL  Map
It’s our Inaugural Oktoberfest at The Vogt Bier Garden!
To participate in our event, you must be 21+. We also won’t be allowing dogs during our Oktoberfest due to higher numbers expected to attend.
Featuring Banging Gavel Brews Civil Code Oktoberfest Style Bier along with 4 other BGB Brews and 4 Wines on Tap.
Each of the four days, 150 people will have the chance to purchase a Commemorative BGB Branded German Stein with their first beer! FYI, it’s plastic, (we don’t use glass in the Bier Garden).
Don’t miss it! Our event cohost, SIP will provide traditional German Food.
Menu: Pretzels, Oktoberfest Cheesy Corks, Apple Crostini, Brat Sliders, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Potato Pancakes, Oktoberfest Cheese Board, Apple Corks & More! 
Sept 23, 6PM — Joe Orozco
Sept 24, 7PM — EBJ Band
Sept 25, 7PM — Syahi and Brian Christian Adams
Sept 26, 5PM — Johnny Alletto

Kishwaukee Brewing Oktoberfest 2021
Kishwaukee Brewing Co., 1900 Dillard Ct., Woodstock, IL  Map
Friday & Saturday
Kishwaukee Brewing Oktoberfest
Featuring Local Beer, Food Trucks & Live Music
Event Beer Line Up Includes Oktoberfest, Fest Bier & Marzen plus Kishwaukee Favorites
Food Trucks on Friday; Fire & Smoke BBQ 3-8PM & Pizza Society 3-8PM
Food Trucks on Saturday; Stix & Noodles 12-6PM & Del Toro Street Tacos 4-8PM
Music on Friday; Billy Nixon 430p-630PM & Jim Green 7-9PM
Music on Saturday; Matt Buhrow 1-3PM, Jimmy Marquis 4-6PM & Bad Penny 7-9PM
$25 In Advance/$30 At Door

Oktoberfest Weekend Series (2) with Alpine Thunder
The Northman Beer & Cider Garden, 233 E. Riverwalk, Chicago  Map
Join us for the 2nd in our 4 weekend series celebrating all things Oktoberfest!
Beginning Friday, September 17th and ending on Sunday October 10th, we party with free live music, sausage, cider, pretzels, beer & more!
This weekend live on our covered Pergola stage, rain or shine:
Friday, September 24th:
3pm-5pm Lascivious & Lou
6pm-8pm Kent Rose and the Remedies.
Saturday, September 25th:
12pm-2pm Alpine Thunder
3pm-5pm Big Hair Big Trouble
6pm-8pm Alpine Thunder
Sunday, September 26th:
2pm-4pm Geordie Kelly.

Werk Force Brewing, 14903 S. Center St., Plainfield, IL (815) 531-5557 Map
Friday through Sunday! Buckle up those Lederhosen and lace up that Dirndl – it’s gonna be one heck of a time!
Friday 9/24
Live Music: Die Musikmeisters 7-9pm
Food: Lodi 2-7pm, Strawberries BBQ 4-8pm
Saturday 9/25
Live Music: Die Musikmeisters 2-4pm
Live Music: Jon Stickley Trio 6:30-9:30pm
Food: Mac Daddy’s 3-8pm
Sunday 9/26
Live Music: Die Musikmeisters 2-4pm
Food: Sour Peach 12-4pm

Oktoberfest 2021
Sketchbook Brewing Co., 821 Chicago Ave., Evanston, IL (847) 859-9051 Map
Join us for three days of celebration with our biggest Oktoberfest yet, September 24-26! Get ready to hoist those steins and share a Prost to one of our favorite beers. Get ready to dance- costumes encouraged!
FRIDAY 9/24 noon – 11 | SATURDAY 9/25 noon-11 | SUNDAY 9/26 noon – 8
– Liter and .5L Steins of our Oktoberfest Märzen or Cumulus Hefeweizen or Level Par (Helles Lager) available for purchase both locations!
– $15 1 Liter Stein + beer; $12 .5L Stein + Beer
– Refills 1L $8 and .5L $5
– Bring your own fancy steins (must be 1L or 0.5L)
AWESOME GERMAN FOOD in Skokie (& Evanston on Saturday)
– FRIDAY 4-9 Mustard’s Last Stand serving up hot dogs & brats
– SATURDAY 2-8 | SUNDAY 2-7 Forza Meats serving up Beer Brats made with Sketchbook Oktoberfest, assorted sausages, Veggie Burgers, German potato salad (v) & House made pretzels (v)
– SATURDAY in Evanston 4-9 Mustard’s Last Stand serving up hot dogs & brats
– ALL WEEKEND soft pretzels with cheese or mustard dip in Evanston
– Fri 7-9p: Rock with The Real Pretenders
– Sat 2-4p: Cajun with Sean Colledge & Friends
– Sat 7-9p: Rock with FuzzBucket
– Sun 2-4p: Bluegrass with The Wandering Boys
– Sun 5-7 School Of Rock All Stars
– Afternoon Bands in Beer Garden | Evening Bands in Brewery
– Never Fear: Polka Playlists will be on hand!
– Costume Contest in Evanston- take a picture in the Evanston taproom of your finest German outfit and tag us on social media- winner will be announced Monday!
– Stein Hoisting Competitions in Skokie Saturday (1 & 5 pm)& Sunday (4 pm). Oktoberfest T-shirts as prizes!
– Staff in Leder Hosen. Nuff Said. Play along with us if you want–free
– Oktoberfest sticker to customers in costume!
– Bag Toss for kids of all ages.
– Usual Mask-On inside policies all through the weekend.
– Oktoberfest activities will primarily be outside in spacious Beer Garden and in East Alley and back in the Brewery & Loading Dock
– Overflow parking available at St. Peter’s (Niles Center & Searle) during these hours: Friday noon – 11; Saturday 6-11; Sunday 1-8

Brother Chimp Brewing, 1059 W. Orchard Rd, North Aurora, IL (630) 800-1724 Map
Brother Chimp Brewing is celebrating Oktoberfest at the brewery! Join us for a weekend of music, food, beer and more!
Friday – 9/24 – OPEN 12pm-10pm
Ryan Drendel – 5pm-8pm
RKN TCO Food – 5pm-8pm
Saturday – 9/25 – OPEN 12pm-10pm
Michael Rawls – 2pm-5pm
Gillerson’s Grubbery – 12pm-6pm
Sunday – 9/26 – OPEN 12pm-7pm
Bears Game vs.Cleveland – 12pm
Duke’s Dogs – 11am-3pm
Bollero & Ryan – 3pm-6pm
More info about steins, t-shirts, menus & more soon! 

Willow Springs Imperial Oak-toberfest
Imperial Oak Brewing Co., 501 Willow Blvd., Willow Springs, IL (708) 559-7311 Map
Friday & Saturday:
We’re kicking things back up for the 8th annual Willow Springs Imperial Oak-toberfest on September 24th & 25th. This 2 day Oak-Toberfest will feature the release of Das Boot, the traditional Marzen style Oktoberfest bier, among other German favorites including Hefe’nother Hefeweizen, Nobody’s Alt But Mine Altbier, and Cranken Sie Hop our German Hopped IPA. We’re also releasing Crank It Fresh our Wet Hopped IPA and Bourbon Barrel Aged Sinister Minister our Belgian Quad aged in Quincy Street Bourbon barrels along with an Almond/Cinnamon variant.
There will be logo’d drinking boots, food trucks and the return of the oompah under the big top. Guests can enjoy The Polka Pals on Friday and the highly anticipated return of Super Oberkreiner on Saturday. 
For a full listing of beers, food trucks and bands, check

12:00 – 11:00 pm • Fibs Oktoberfest – Beer, Brats, & Polka
FIBS Brewing, 60 Howard Ave., Des Plaines, IL (847) 227-9790 Map
Fibs Oktoberfest ALL WEEKEND – Sept 24th – 26th Helles Release, Brats & Kraut, Live Polka Band!
Join us at the brewery for a weekend of great Beer, tasty Brats, and live Polka music.
Friday September 24th- 26th (open at noon each day)
Live music is ONLY on Friday September 24th from 6 – 10pm
Seasonal Limited Release of our brand new Helles Yesses… our tasty Helles brewed in traditional old world German style but with a hint of green tea just to piss off the Germans.
We’ll be hangin’ inside the taproom and outside in our beer garden, so bring your Lederhosen and maybe a fleece!
The Tom Brusky Polka-Variety Band will be providing traditional Polka jams Friday night. It’s gonna be great! Who can’t use some old school accordion on a beautiful fall Chicago evening, right? Plus, it’s FREE… well, the beer and brats aren’t, but the renditions of Roll Out the Barrel and Who Stole the Kishka are.
Brats and Kraut will be available all night. Let’s (over) do it AGAIN!

5:00 – 10:00 pm • Prostoberfest – An Obscure Oktoberfest
Obscurity Brewing and Craft Mead, 113 W. North St., Elburn, IL (630) 320-2255 Map
Friday – Sunday
A Weekend Full of Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Obscurity Beer Garden!
– Traditional German Oktoberfest Music and Local Live Bands Every Weekend
– Traditional Oktoberfest Food & Beer
– Oktoberfest Steins and Stein Holding Contest
– Oktoberfest Pretzels from German Bakery
– Fun For All Ages

5:00 – 11:00 pm • 5th Annual Hoptoberversary
Old Irving Brewing Co., 4419 W. Montrose Ave., Chicago 773‑916‑6421 Map
OIB is turning 5 YEARS OLD during OKTOBERFEST, so we’re combining these two events into one big weekend party for our 5th ANNUAL HOPTOBERVERSARY! It’s been an eventful trip around the sun this last year, and we want to thank everyone for the ongoing support!
Celebrating starts at 5pm on Friday (Sept 24th) and continues thru Sunday (Sept 26th) with the following specials/line-up:

  • 1L and 0.5L OIB Oktoberfest ceramic steins (two options) – fill with Oktoberfest (Märzen) or Della (Kölsch) for $20 and keep the stein, $10 (1L) and $5 (0.5L) stein refills
  • German food specials
  • German music
  • Trevor in lederhosen?!?!
  • …and other fun happenings TBA!

No cover charge or tickets needed. Get out your lederhosen and dirndls and let’s party!

Friday, September 25

6:00 – 9:00 pm • Craft Beer for Craftspeople
Midwest Coast Brewing Co., 2137 W. Walnut St, Chicago,  Map
Revolution Workshop is celebrating our third anniversary—in person!—with Craft Beer for Craftspeople on the patio of Midwest Coast Brewing. We’ll raise a glass to all we’ve accomplished this past year while raising funds to continue driving towards our mission.
Each $25 ticket (through Eventbrite) includes one drink token along with a selection of food (including vegan options). We’ll be hosting a raffle and live auction, and we’ll be joined by graduates and partners sharing their powerful stories!
We will not be selling tickets at the door so as to streamline entry and maintain safety.
Must be 21+ to attend.

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Chuck’s Tapas Party
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd., Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Chuck’s Cafe Darien’s Tapas Night is back! If you’ve never done Tapas w/ Chuck’s you’re missing out! Tapas is served as smaller appetizer size portions, so the more people you bring the more you can try!
Cold Dishes, Soup Shots, Hot Dishes plus desserts will all be served!
Also Miskatonic will be in the house for a special tap takeover/pint night 6-8p!
Reservations suggested: 331-431-4000

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Oktoberfest at Temperance Beer Co.
Temperance Beer Co., 2000 Dempster St., Evanston, IL (847) 864-1000 Map
We’re throwing our Oktoberfest and celebrating our 8th birthday! Goodstuff Eats is cookin’ up Paulina Meat Market bratwurst (made with our Oktoberfest lager), pastrami, and a mustard bar. Jimmy’s Bavarians will be playing an Oompah set from from 6-9 pm, and of course we will have copious amounts of our Märzen-style lager flowing. Because of issues with our supplier, we will unfortunately not have Temperance Oktoberfest steins this year, so bring your own steins to the party!

4:00 pm • 9th Anniversary Bock Release
The Church Street Brewing Co., 1480 Industrial Dr. Ste. C, Itasca, IL (630) 438-5725 Map
Introducing our 9th Anniversary release of Bishop Bock. The most traditional and historical beer style: simply known as Bock. This malty brew is richer in flavor with a bit more alcohol than a Dunkel but remains drinkable..very drinkable. Initially brewed in North Germany town of Einbeck and then reinvent in Munich after the 30 year war, Bock beer is now being brewed exactly to style here at Church Street Brewing Company. we are using German malts and brewing techniques, including decoction mashing. 7% ABV. Perfect for the season and celebrating 9 fantastic years here in Itasca, Illinois.
Also, welcome to the taproom Barrel Aged Maple EGLe, Barrel Aged Russian Rhapsody and back on Conor McRedder
Live Music all weekend
Friday: Zach Sonny Edward’s 6-9pm
Saturday: Robert Ralph Federson 5-8pm Chewcuterie Grazing Boards will have fresh Boards available Friday and Saturday. 2 sizes available that serve 1-2ppl or 3-4ppl.

4:00 – 8:00 pm • BBQ Pop Up Tour: Black Horizon Brewing
Black Horizon Brewing Co., 7560 S. Quincy St., Willowbrook, IL (630) 413-4964 Map
Chuck’s Cafe Darien is hitting the road this summer and setting up shop at some of our favorite local breweries! Next up: Black Horizon!
We’re bringing our $6 Menu to go along with some great local beers!
Come hungry & thirsty!

4:00 – 7:00 pm • Charcuterie Pop-Up at Flesk Brewing
Flesk Brewing Co., 200 Applebee St., Ste. E, Barrington, IL 244-655-7291 Map
Chewcuterie Grazing Boards was inspired by a love for quality meats and decadent cheeses. The meats we offer are paired nicely with cheeses as well as artisan breads, crackers, and even cured seasonal olives and pickled garnishes.
We’re excited to team up with Flesk for another pop-up! We will be offering our signature 6×6 and 8×8 boxed charcuteries which come with meats, cheeses, crackers, fresh baked goods and all the sides and pairings! Quantities will be limited, and we will be offering boxes until we sell out! Our boards are built with love, creativity, and integrity and we can’t wait to share the love with you at Flesk!

4:30 – 9:00 pm • Patio Ribbon Cutting + Happy Belly Chefs
Iron&Glass, 632 S. Weber Rd., Romeoville, IL 815-782-5559 Map
We installed a new permanent patio in Romeoville and we want to CELEBRATE!
The ceremony happens at 5pm, but the taps will be flowing all night and Happy Belly Chefs are serving up dinner 4:30-7:30pm

4:30 pm • Mr Wings
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Now bringing enough for EVERYONE: Mr Wings Brings the A game with boneless wings, wraps and mozzarella sticks.

5:00 – 8:00 pm • Fork N Fry at CLB
Crystal Lake Brewing, 150 N. Main St., Crystal Lake, IL (779) 220-9288 Map
We are back!
If you’ve never heard of us before, we are Fork N Fry Mobile Poutinerie food truck. We offer a plethora of poutine and loaded french fry combinations. We have everything from your normal plain fry to a smorgasbord of creations. We have options for everyone, just remember everything we serve is over Fries. We are a completely gluten free operation. You can check us out at

5:30 – 7:30 pm • Brewery Feature: Goldfinger
Beer on the Wall – Arlington Heights, 2 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL (847) 989-2651 Map
Our weekly brewery shoutout this week is to Goldfinger Brewing Co. Started by Tom & Alison Beckmann, this new to the scene brewery is bring craft German Style Lagers to Downers Grove, IL by combining traditional European methods with American creativity & innovation!
As descendants of a long string of brewers dating back to the 19th century, they are crafting the most aromatic and clean lagers made with the finest ingredients while also racking up a long list of collabs with many other locals Chicago breweries.
Come get a taste for what they have to offer when they drop on in for a tasting this Friday from 5:30 to 7:30PM ON DRAFT FRIDAY! Original Lager Pils SAMPLES ON FRIDAY! Mexican Style Lager, Polish Pils & Grodziskie.

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Miskatonic Tap Takeover & Pint Night
Chuck’s Café Darien, 8025 S. Cass Ave., Darien, IL 331-431-4000 Map
We’re super pumped to welcome back our neighbors from just down the road: Miskatonic Brewing Co.!
They will be here for a special tap takeover & pint night! We’ll have a few of their awesome brews on tap & when you purchase one, get a FREE glass; good while supplies last!

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest — Keep the Stein 2021
Various Chicago area locations
Join the Revolution Brewing crew for Keep the Stein nights featuring our traditional Märzen. Each event will have its own spin on the Oktoberfest celebration. Check out where the Rev Brew crew will be over the next month and join us for one or more Keep the Stein events!
Dog Haus, 2464 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago (773) 935-3647 • 6 – 8 pm
D&D Finer Foods, 825 Noyes St., Evanston, IL (847) 475-4344 • 5:00-7:00PM
Paisan’s Pizzeria & Bar, 6226 Ogden Ave., Berwyn, IL & 2901 Ogden Ave., Lisle, IL • 11:00AM-Close (Sept. 24 through 26)

6:00 pm • BOSS Homebrew Collab Tapping
Hailstorm Brewing Co., 8058 W. 186th St., Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
Mark Westmeyer from Brewers of South Suburbia (BOSS) got to brew his Double IPA recipe Simcoe Squared” at Hailstorm with Head Brewer Steve Miller. This beer won a gold medal in BOSS’ 2020 Charlie Orr Memorial Chicago Cup Competition
The beer will go on-tap on Friday at 6:00 PM. It will also be available in cans.

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Marz Popup: Beer and Food Tasting with Ed
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Sold Out, check for extra tickets at Eventbrite.
Ed, Owner and Founder of Marz, will be here walking us through Marz’s history, 4 delicious beers, and 4 food items. You will also get a Marz pint of your choice.
Space for this event is extremely limited. The food being served will include meat.

7:00 pm • Begyle Beer Garden Trivia
Begyle Brewing, 1800 W. Cuyler Ave., Chicago 773-661-6963 Map
Trivia hosted by Brett and Audry. Space is limited, 2-6 players allowed per team. Trivia will take place on our socially distanced beer garden and will be rain or shine! RESERVATIONS ARE ONLY FOR TRIVIA – if you are not playing trivia, you are welcome to visit our first come, first serve front patio or taproom!

9:00 pm • Drive In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Brendan Fraser weekend kicks off with Encino Man! 2 high school kids find a caveman, thaw him out, and introduce him to reality in the 90’s!

Saturday, September 26

Black Lung Oktoberfest
Black Lung Brewing Co., 3232 Monroe, Waukegan, IL (847) 340-3320 Map
Our Oktoberfest Celebration is this Saturday and, among other things, we will have a Stein Hoisting competition for our mug legion members! Be there and checked in by 7pm to participate!

7:00 am – 7:00 pm • Roaring Table’s 4th Anniversary
Roaring Table Brewery, 739 W IL Rte. 22, Lake Zurich, IL (224) 662-4562 Map
Come celebrate 4 Years of Roaring Table!
We will have A LOT NEW BEERS including, but not limited to:
– FIVE BBA Sunburnt Mirth Variants
Ex Libris 2021
Super-gigantic Metafantastic – DDH Hazy Double IPA
Poseidon’s Lantern – Vanilla Milk Stout
– Wild ales – Frequency 2 & 3
Beth Saison – 2 & 3
Waxwing Slain – Spelt Saison
We’ll also be pouring Tuba Solo, Festbier, RTB Pils, Luxuriator… and many more!
But wait there’s more!!
Live Music:
Gina Gonzalez Live at 3:30
Jim Green Live at 7:00
Food Trucks
– Pizza Society 1:00 PM
– Happy Lobster 4:00 PM
Fellowship of Fools Membership Opens
– We open this 1 time a year for two weeks and have a limited number of spots available.
It’s been two long, difficult years since last we hosted a party at Roaring Table.
We’ve doubled in age since those days of innocence, and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. We hope you come and celebrate with us!

8:00 am – 6:00 pm • Up In Smoke Creations
Nightshade and Dark’s Pandemonium Brewing, 216 W. Clayton St., Waukegan, IL (847) 445-2467 Map
Lunch and Dinner: Up In Smoke Creations brings Brisket and Pulled Pork for lunch, and dinner includes Salmon, ribs and brats smoked on site that day. There will be a limited number of racks of ribs available for walk in’s. Want to guarantee you get his award winning Baby Back ribs? Order ahead by contacting him through Facebook messenger. Want to pre-order for pickup and takeout? Contact him through his facebook page directly. Want pounds of stuff for a party? He’s down with that. Contact him to pre-order.

11:00 am • Saturday with Pretzels and Matt Kopecky
D and G Brewing, 303 N. 4th St., Suite A, Saint Charles, IL (773) 203-2325 Map
Saturday we have a special little treat for you. Our friend Chuck has made Wood Fired Pretzels. Filled with cheese and seasoning and wood fired, these pretzels go great with beer. And the custom made dipping sauce. Pretzels will be available all day.
At 6, Matt Kopecky is stopping by! Super talented, super nice, we just like having him around and hope you do too.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm • Beer Run – Pollyanna Brewing Company – 2021 IL Brewery Running Series
Pollyanna – St. Charles, 106 S. Riverside Ave., St. Charles, IL (630) 549-7372 Map
We are the Illinois Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!
Come join us at Pollyanna Brewing Company on Saturday September 25, for a 5kish course that starts and ends at this awesome St. Charles taproom. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!
What’s included?! All participants receive:
FREE craft brew from Pollyanna

  • Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
  • Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
  • Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways, and more!

We are all about being active, having fun and giving back to our local community. Since our inaugural event (the Brewery Running Series was founded in Minnesota in 2012), we have been able to donate over $200,000 back to local nonprofits. This event will add to that tally! So not only do you get to a little exercise and enjoy a great beer, you are contributing to our awesome community!
Registration is limited, so sign up today ($30-45 at Eventbrite)!
Questions? Contact us at

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • Printer’s Row Brewing “Fall Fest” Block Party
Printer’s Row Brewing, 4801 N. Austin Ave., Chicago (773) 657-3224 Map
Drinks, food and fun!
Bouncy Castle • Kids Street Hockey • Yard Games • Shoot the Puck Contest • CFD Fire Engine • Free BBQ
The block party runs on Mason Ave from Lawrence to Gunnison, behind Printer’s Row.
Time pending but also involved: Joe’s Pizza and Smakosz Restaurant

11:00 am – 10:00 pm • The OPENtoberfest
The Open Bottle, 7101 183rd St. #105, Tinley Park, IL 708-247-3757 Map
The OPENtoberfest is coming!
There’ll be Oktoberfestbiers on draft, giant pretzels, stein hosting competitions, custom steins & shirts & more Polka music than you can shake a stick at. It’ll be a grand old time celebrating one of beer’s finest traditions. 
What’s on draft?
Bell’s OktoberfestPhase Three OktoberfestHalf Acre Lager TownGreat Lakes OktoberfestOld Irving OktoberfestAyinger Oktober fest-marzen • Revolution OktoberfestMaplewood Festbier

11:00 am – 11:00 pm • Oktoberfest 2021
BuckleDown Brewing, 8700 W. 47th St., Lyons, IL 708-777-1842 Map
Come join us for our Oktoberfest! We have live music by Fast Eddie and Jay Vanna. Food from Monk’s Burgers & More and Taco’s Mario. We will also have a new stein available in the taproom!

11:00 am • Yoga and Craft Beer!
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
One hour of yoga followed with a beer of your choice! All levels welcome, bring your own mat!

11:30 am – 5:00 pm • 1st Annual Food Truck & Music Festival to benefit Random Acts Matter
Pottawatomie Park, 845 N. Second Ave., St. Charles, IL  Map
Buy tickets here.
Enjoy an afternoon of fun with friends at the 1st Annual Food Truck and Music Festival in St. Charles. Come early to enjoy all the music, food trucks, beer & wine vendors, and Celebrity bartender Joe Schuldts’ signature drink. Proceeds from the event will benefit Random Acts Matter, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Music Line-up on the Pavilion stage:
Tiny Country Band (Americana, Folk, Bluegrass) • Dennis O’Brien Band (Classic Rock) • The Collective Band (Alternative Rock) • Trio Amigos (Country)
Food Trucks in the Park:
Fernando’s Street Kitchen • Stadium Street Eats • Kimmers Ice Cream • Soy and Lou On The Go Brew • Dee’s Place Chicago Soul Food • Pierogi Rig
Beverages provide by: Pollyanna Brewing, Riverlands Brewing Co., Vintage 53, Signature Drink by Joe Schuldt
21+ event: ID Proof of age will be required for each ticket holder upon entry
Tickets for alcohol beverages MUST be purchased in advance on-line. No alcohol drink tickets will be sold in Pottawatomie Park, per Park District regulations.

12:00 – 11:00 pm • Artoberfest | Day 1
Art History Brewing, 649 W. State St., Geneva, IL 630-345-6274 Map
First of two days celebrating beer, fall, music, and good times at Art History Brewing in Geneva Illinois!
• Ceremonial keg tapping and gravity pour of Art History Brewing’s Artoberfest Festbier!
FOOD: Chuck’s Wood Fired Pizza
• Live music TBD
• AND a “German Fest Playlist” curated by our own beer expert… Anita

12:00 pm • Chugtoberfest
Marz Community Brewing, 3630 S. Iron St., Chicago (773) 837-0145 Map
Chugtoberfest is happening this Saturday. Admission is free and it’s open to the public.
We’ll be serving some seasonal favorites in some sick 1 Liter Ceramic mugs, rocking out some delicious food, and celebrating Beer’s most important holiday in style.
Special Beers on tap:
Marz Oktoberfestbier, Chug Life American Lager, Chugtober German Pilsner (a special collab with Une Année), Marz Doppelbock.
We will open at noon and have an outdoor beer garden and market featuring these awesome vendors:
Kimski Sausage Club • Buddy – pop up artist retail shop • InFlorEscence Plant Shop • Give a Sh*rt • Forever Friends Ice Tie Dye • Chicago Cannabis Company
You can also expect some hot shit DJS on the decks.
And Psst… stop by Friday night to get that hot new mug and some vittles by Mom’s if ya can’t make Saturday.

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Tacos & Micheladas Fest
Tapville Social – Fox Valley, 195 Fox Valley Center Dr Aurora, IL (877) 312-8277 Map
Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and bring your hungry friends and families!
We will have Beef Birria tacos on handmade tortillas, Micheladas, and Mexican Beers!
12-5pm, tacos and Miches can be purchased onsite. Must be 21 to order liquor. 
Tickets through Eventbrite.

12:00 – 10:00 pm • Revolution Oktoberfest Celebration at the Taproom
Revolution Brewery & Taproom, 3340 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago (773) 588-CANS Map
Join us at the Taproom for a fun day of games, contests, music, food, and of course — German beer!
✶Best dressed (German style) competition
✶Special beer tappings
✶German music and movies all day
✶Enjoy select meats and cheeses from G.I. Joe the Sausage Man
✶Keep the Stein with any Oktoberfest beer purchase
✶…and more Oktoberfest fun!
We have plenty of space for larger groups to gather and spend the afternoon or evening celebrating Oktoberfest!

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Fundraiser for Support Over Stigma
Riverlands Brewing Co., 1860 Dean St. Unit A, St. Charles, IL (630) 549-6293 Map
Join us on Saturday in support of a group close to our hearts. Support Over Stigma raises awareness and funds to help provide PTSD assistance for Active Duty Military, Veterans, First Responders, and their families.
– Riverlands merch raffles and games
– Mac Dynamite Food Pop-Up
– $1.00 from every draft poured from 12-5pm will go straight to the charity
Invite your friends and family to join the fun and support an important program.

12:00 – 3:00 pm • RT66 Oktoberfest
Rt 66 Old School Brewing, 110 Bridge St., Wilmington, IL (815) 476-2220 Map
Please join us at RT66 Old School Brewing along with other local breweries as we celebrate OKTOBERFEST 2021.
$25 Entry Fee includes your tasting glass & sample pours from the following local breweries
RT66 Old School BrewingSteam Hollow Brewing Co.Will County Brewing CompanyElder Brewing Co.Nik & Ivy BrewingJoliet Brewers GuildObscurity Brewing & Craft MeadUnpossible MeadMyGrain
John Condron 12:00-3:00
Willard Wilcox 7:00-10:00
Starting at 11:00 – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels & TCBY Food Truck

12:00 pm • Bosacki’s Fest 2021
Bosacki’s Brewery, 610 E. Hawley St., Mundelein, IL (224) 778-5400 Map
Join us for Bosacki’s Fest 2021.
Food from Pierogi Jo’s
Music with The L&M Experience

12:00 pm • Kaiser Tiger Oktoberfest
Kaiser Tiger, 1415 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 312-243-3100 Map
Join us for our annual Oktoberfest! Stein holding contests, giveaways, and so many Oktoberfest beers!
Featured Beers:
Hofbrau Oktoberfest, Great Central Festzelt, Weisenstaphener Oktoberfest, Urban Chestnut Okatz, Maplewood Oktoberfest, Hopewell Marzen.
Make your table reservation online thru OpenTable.

12:00 – 8:00 pm • *Block Party by Middle Brow
Middle Brow – Bungalow, 2840 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago (773) 687-9076 Map
We’re back! After our inaugural block party in 2019, we took a pause in 2020 cuz we were all “something’s different about this year we can’t place it let’s cancel the block party kk”. … and then @secretlycanadian and @thenumerogroup contacted us about hosting their roving, touring record store event @paved__paradise this summer. and we were all: “what luck! another fun organizational moment for a block party!” [we really do talk like that.] … so we invited a bunch of our brewery friends and some natural, weirdo wine pros and we’re closing down Mozart street.
Come for records! starting at 12p.
Come for all dé dj sets! starting at 12p.
Come for th’ inaugural middle brow beer invitational! starting at 5p. $5 per pour!
Come for some earthy and bright and listo-to-glug wines! starting at 5p.

1:00 – 2:00 pm • Yoga & Beer
Miskatonic Brewing Co., 1000 N. Frontage Rd, Darien, IL (630) 541-9414 Map
Yoga is back, and this time it is in the afternoon.
Yoga will be held in our barrel-room.
This chill 1-hour yoga session, led by Julia Jokubauskas Yoga & Wellness, is accompanied by some great tunes. After the session, cap off your morning with Pint of your choice!
Notice: Please bring all your mats and props as none will be provided. Covid-19 protocols will be in place.
Interested in the event? Ask your bartender about it, or click to Find Tickets.

1:00 – 4:00 pm • Marz Popup: Marz Wellness Market
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Marz is bringing out 3 of their wellness vendor partners. They will have items for sale and will be promoting wellness. Free advance registration at Eventbrite.

2:00 – 9:00 pm • Oktoberfest Beer Returns
Bosacki’s Brewery, 610 E. Hawley St., Mundelein, IL (224) 778-5400 Map
Our Oktoberfest style beer (or more appropriately a Bavarian Märzenbier style), a naturally carbonated lager, has the complex rich toasty flavors, slightly sweet and a dryer finish. Traditionally these style beers were originally brewed in March, kept in cold storage, and the remaining beer was served at the September/October festivals. An ABV of 5.3% and IBU of 18 closely matches beer served at a German Oktoberfest where large quantities of beer are consumed.

2:00 pm – 8:00 pm • Tighthead Hoptoberfest
Tighthead Brewing Co., 161 N. Archer Ave., Mundelein, IL 847-970-9174 Map
Hoptoberfest is back!
Live music, Tighthead beer, and food!
Live music by Conscious Rockers and Daniel Cronson Band. An Oktoberfest inspired menu will be provided by Captain Mike’s Galley. We will have cider from 2 Fools, Press hard seltzers, N/A beer from Athletic Brewing, and Tighthead brews.
I and I IPA is our west coast style imperial IPA brewed with 4 lbs. of hops per barrel, a blend of mosaic, citra, simcoe, and talus hops. This blend greets you with aromas of peaches and overripe tropical fruit. A simple but hefty malt bill provides a honey-like sweetness to balance the sturdy hop bitterness.
Mundeleiner is a session lager brewed to welcome the end of summer and celebrate the Mundelein community that proudly supports its local brewery. This lager is crisp and refreshing with a light, grainy sweetness and is perfectly balanced with a single hop variety that changes year to year. This time around we picked Hallertau Blanc.
Purchasing your Hoptoberfest tickets online gets you a free beer! Full beer, cider, seltzer, and non-alcoholic menu will be out this week. 21 and over.

2:00 pm • Oktoberfest with The Germans at ZümBier
ZümBier, 3232 Monroe St., Waukegan, IL (847) 420-7313 Map
THE REAL DEAL! Oktoberfest was cancelled for 2021 in Munich. We will carry on!
Come eat drink and sing!
2PM Open Grub n Go begins service
4PM the cask ale Baron Von Ricchio is tapped.
7:30 a special performance by Mikhail Accordion player with the Internationals
All day bier special: bring your boot or use your mug club mug. Several varieties of German bier. $6
Wear your Dirndl, or Lederhosen we will wear ours too!
special German polka music all day!
We’ll have a great day! Out in the bier tent and in the indoor Bier Hall if ol man weather gets grumpy. Out taproom is always climate controlled.

2:00 – 6:00 pm • The Great Outdoors Beer Trail (Sold Out)
Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, 1520 Crystal Lake Rd., Cary, IL  Map
This event is currently sold out. Please add your name to the waitlist as more tickets may become available at a later date.
If you love sampling craft beer and spending time outdoors, this event is for you! Walk the one mile partially wooded, paved trail while visiting food trucks and 20 regional brewers along the way. Play a game of bags, listen to music, enjoy some tasty bites from local food trucks. This is a dog friendly event – leash required.

3:30 – 11:30 pm • OktoBREWfest
Cene’s Four Seasons Park, 25505 W. Seil Rd., Shorewood, IL  Map
Join us on Saturday for OktoBREWfest!
Throughout the day there is traditional German fare, polka music, Masskrugstemmen contests, and more! Families welcome from 3:30-8:00 pm then it’s 21+ from 8:00 pm on!
Cash Only
3:30 pm Ed Wagner’s Brass Band • 6:30 pm Within Four Days • 9:30 pm Kasmir
Food: Wurst Kitchen & Savarino’s Pizza
Sandwiches, Plated Dinners, Snacks, Pizza
Pop & Water
Beverages: Domestics, Cider/Malt Beverage Options, German Imports, Will County Brewing Co. & Mad Hatchet Brewing
Presenting Sponsor – Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LTD.
Entertainment Sponsors – Gas N Wash
Kids Zone Sponsors – Crispy Waffle

4:00 – 8:00 pm • Boils, Oysters & Brews in the Beer Garden
Plank Road Tap Room, 39W149 Plank Rd., Elgin, IL 224-238-3527 Map
Our friends from The Argonaut will be out in the barn doing what they do best….Seafood! Enjoy Hot & Ready seafood boils, fresh oysters, and lobster rolls in our award winning beer garden this summer!
We’ll post menus as the event date approaches, but in the mean time mark those calendars….you won’t want to miss this fun pop-up event!

4:00 – 9:00 pm • Tunes & Brews, Joliet
Chicago & Van Buren Streets, Downtown Joliet, IL  Map
Tunes and Brews (formerly Blues and Brews) is a local craft beer event along with live music held in downtown Joliet. It’s sponsored by the Joliet Park Foundation and Joliet City Center Partnership.  Presale on now ( until September 24th – $25 for 15 samples, $30 at the gate.  Also $5.00 designated driver option.
100% of Proceeds from craft brew area go to the Joliet Park Foundation, which supports the Joliet Park District by funding a new financial assistance program, playground renovations, facilities improvements and community services.
Only local brewers:
Will County Brewing Co. – GABF Gold Medal Winner, MyGrain Brewing Co., Elder Brewing Co., Metal Monkey Brewing, Pollyanna Brewing Co. – GABF Bronze and Gold Medal Winner, Hickey Creek Brewing Co., River Hawk Brewing, Nik & Ivy Brewing, Tribes Beer Co. – GABF Silver Medal Winner, BrickStone Brewery, Revolution Brewing, Noon Whistle Brewing, Two Brothers Brewing Co., Finch Beer Co., Joliet Brewers Guild – local home brewing club

6:00 – 8:00 pm • Revolution Brewing Oktoberfest — Keep the Stein 2021
Various Chicago locations
Join the Revolution Brewing crew for Keep the Stein nights featuring our traditional Märzen. Each event will have its own spin on the Oktoberfest celebration. Check out where the Rev Brew crew will be over the next month and join us for one or more Keep the Stein events!
Roots Handmade Pizza, 2200 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago 773-433-5959 6 – 8 pm
DOC’s Smokehouse, 19081 Old La Grange Rd., Mokena, IL (708) 995-5533 • 5:00PM-Close

7:00 – 9:00 pm • Taproom Trivia
Scorched Earth Brewing Co., 203 Berg St., Algonquin, IL (224) 209-8472 Map
Join us in the taproom for trivia and beer! See who is the smartest in the taproom

7:00 – 10:00 pm • Marz Popup: Marz Motel
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
We will be celebrating the completion of our Marz Popup with Marz Motel. Get ready for swanky 70’s Motel vibes and Marz’s newest beer, Marz Motel, a New England IPA. There will also be a Marz DJ rocking out some classics. 
Free registration at Eventbrite.

9:00 pm • Drive In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 S. Olde Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Brendan Fraser weekend continues with the comedy, Airheads!

Sunday, September 27

9:30 am – 12:00 pm • Homebrewing 101
Broken Brix Home Brew Shop, 225 W. Main St., Saint Charles, IL (630) 377-1338 Map
Home Brewing Classes are back!
Next class Sunday September 26th, 9:30am-Noon
$30 per person
Call to register 630-377-1338

10:00 – 11:30 am • Marz Popup: Run on Marz
Bitter Pops, 3345 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago 773-857-7677 Map
Meet at Bitter Pops on Sunday at 10 AM for a 5k and enjoy a refreshing Marzmosa or Michelada once we’re back in the Taproom!
Run starts around 10:10 AM
Runners are all back by 11:15 AM
Big Mich Michelada Cocktail Feature
Swag Raffle 11:30 AM
Free registration at Eventbrite.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm • RUN FOR BEER – On Tour Brewing Company
On Tour Brewing Co., 1725 W. Hubbard St., Chicago 312-796-3119 Map
We are the Illinois Brewery Running Series and we run for beer!
Come join us at On Tour Brewing Company on Sunday September 26, for a 5kish course that starts and ends at this awesome West Town taproom. Weave through the surrounding area at whatever pace you like, no matter what there’s a beer waiting for you at the finish line!
What’s included?! All participants receive:
-FREE craft brew from On Tour
-Your choice of a collector’s pint glass or seasonal swag item from the Brewery Running Series
-Your chance to win sweet door prizes, like Brewery Running Series merchandise or a growler to take home
-Access to event festivities, games, goodies and giveaways
-And more!
We are all about being active, having fun and giving back to our local community. Since our inaugural event (the Brewery Running Series was founded in Minnesota in 2012), we have been able to donate over $200,000 back to local nonprofits. This event will add to that tally! So not only do you get to a little exercise and enjoy a great beer, you are contributing to our awesome community!
Registration is limited, so sign up today! ($30-$5 through Eventbrite)
Questions? Contact us at

11:00 am – 12:30 pm • Sunday Yoga & Beer
Buffalo Creek Brewing, 360 Historical Lane, Long Grove, IL 847-821-6140 Map
Join us for an outdoor yoga class sponsored by Mindset Yoga and Buffalo Creek Brewing. Rain or shine, we’ll be enjoying socially distant spacing while getting in a great workout.
Please bring your Yoga Mat and arrive 15 minutes early. Advance reservations suggested through Toast.
In the event of rain, the Rustic Room and Patio will be used. We have you covered!

11:00 am – 9:00 pm • Oktoberfest at Side Lot Brewery
Side Lot Brewery, 110 Slocum Lake Rd., Wauconda, IL 847-714-2584 Map
Each ticket ($15 on Tock) includes a pint of our new Oktoberfest, pretzel necklace, and all the music, games, and raffles you can handle! A Special Oktoberfest food menu will be available.
Games include Stein Holding, Brat Toss, Keg Squats & More
Live music all day!
11-1p . Acoustic Explosion
2-5p . Wait, What?
6-Close – Duane Hanson
Tickets Provide Access to the Event For The Whole Day. You Have In & Out Privileges To Leave and Come Back.
This is not a Seated Reservation. Seating is First-Come, First-Served.

11:00 am – 4:00 pm • The Collective Artisan Market at Burn ‘Em Brewing
Burn ‘Em Brewing, 718 Freyer Rd., Michigan City, IN 219-210-3784 Map
A curated artisan pop-up event!
All ages welcome • Open air artisan market • Live music • Local food + craft beer • $5 admission for ages $13+ • Portion of admission fees donated to FTW Farms, an animal rescue & sanctuary • Dog friendly

11:00 am – 1:00 pm • Free Donuts & Drafts at the WCBC!
Will County Brewing Co., 1142 W. Jefferson St., Shorewood, IL (815) 582-4157 Map
Don’t F with the Jezus Coffee Cream Ale infused Donuts fresh from Orland Park Bakery!

12:00 – 5:00 pm • Sunday Fun Day
The Beer and Now, 2801 Ogden Ave., Ste 7, Lisle, IL (630) 946-6660 Map
Every Sunday stop by for $1 off all draft beers!

12:00 – 8:00 pm • Artoberfest | Day 2
Art History Brewing, 649 W. State St., Geneva, IL 630-345-6274,  Map
Day two of our Geneva Illinois Octoberfest Celebration with Art History Brewing
More festivities food, fun and great craft beer — don’t miss Art History Brewing’s Artoberfest — Festbier! Ask to have a 2021 Stein.
• ACE Culinary: German Themed Food — menu still being confirmed!
• Live music by Dave Ramont
• AND a “German Fest Playlist” curated by our own beer expert… Anita

12:00 – 3:00 pm • Bears Game Specials
Chuck’s Southern Comforts Cafe, 6501 W. 79th St., Burbank, IL 708-229-8700 Map
Join us in Chuck’s Voodoo Lounge for Bears games this season! We will feature drink and food specials throughout the game! Reservations recommended.

1:00 – 4:00 pm • Mac and Cheese Fest
Zorn Brew Works Co., 605 E. 9th St., Michigan City, IN (219) 243-7157 Map
Mac and Cheese Fest is BACK! And this time it’s a block party. All the Mac & Cheese you can eat, live music, full bar and more!
We will be taking over a full street between Zorn Brew Works and BarrelHouse at Zorn. Your ticket will include up to 15 samples from both professional and amateurs this year ! As always, you will be able to vote on your favorites and winners will donate to the charity of their choice!
So far we have secured:
Momma Sue’s Catering (winner 2019 people’s choice and judge’s choice), Moe’s Mediterranean, Goblin & The Grocer, Cool Runnings, Zorn Brew Works, Chesterton Brewery, Trailyard, Leed’s Public House, Patrick’s Grille, Fish Camp.
Chicken Dolphin and Johnny V will be our entertainment.
General Admission Ticket (Eventbrite) admission is 1:00 pm. This $25 ticket includes sampling of up to 15 mac & cheese vendors.
Our $50 VIP Ticket allows you access at noon. You will also get a Dig the Dunes Mac & Cheese bowl and a special VIP seating area at Barrel House
We also have a child/vegetarian option which will get you four samples of Mac & Cheese for $15.
You do not need to purchase a ticket for 5 and under unless they want their own punch card.

3:00 – 5:00 pm • Trivia Night at Noon Whistle Naperville
Noon Whistle Brewing, 1748 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville, IL 331-431-4882 Map
Are you tired of sitting at home answering every question correct on Jeopardy with nothing to show for it?
Come out for our General Knowledge trivia night with Baig of Tricks Entertainment and join your host as they quiz your teams through two full hours of general knowledge trivia, including awesome themed bonus rounds and music rounds!
While we’re testing your wit, Cellar Door will be keeping you fueled up an incredible food menu and delicious drinks all night, PLUS the top teams will win bragging rights and prizes, so bring your friends, family, and even your enemies (if they’re good at trivia) to increase your chances of winning.
Be sure to get there early and snag your team a spot and fuel up with some drinks, see you soon!
Please follow ALL Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions put in place by the venue, and here are a few extra tips:
1) Please bring your own pen/pencil. Our host will have pencils just in case, but it would be best to use your own for everyone’s safety & comfort.
2) The questions will be read by your host over our PA system, but may not be displayed on a screen if one is not easily available.
3) Any and all rules/restrictions are subject to change.

9:00 pm • Drive In, Dinner, and Drinks
Rock Island Public House, 13328 Olde S. Western Ave., Blue Island, IL 708-388-5513 Map
Don’t miss this! Drive-In, Dinner, and Drinks! on Sunday! Brendan Fraser Weekend wraps up with The Mummy!

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