Oktoberfest in Chicago

The Berghoff Restaurant hosts the largest, longest-running Oktoberfest in Chicago! With daily free admission (11 am – 9 pm), the celebration features traditional German musical performances from Alpine Thunder and featured nightly shows with some of Chicago’s favorite bands.

From the Tapping of the Keg (the official opening celebration) to the Prost! Final Toast, Berghoff’s Oktoberfest was another smashing success thanks to our enthusiastic guests and phenomenal sponsors. Guests embraced the history and tradition of the original Oktoberfest, a 16-day celebration held in Munich, Germany. The Munich festival opens with the tapping of the first keg of Oktoberfest beer by the Mayor of Munich with the cry “Ozapft is!” – which means “It’s tapped.” Many guests dressed in traditional Oktoberfest costumes: drindl and lederhosen. The drindl, worn by women, is composed of three pieces: the dress (“Kleid”), the blouse (“Bluse”) and an apron (“Schurze”). Lederhosen, which are leather pants, can be either three-quarter length pants or shorts and are worn with a shirt, long socks and boots.

We invite you to enjoy the photos in the Berghoff Oktoberfest Photo Gallery below.

Berghoff Oktoberfest Photo Gallery