Official Opinions: OakToberfest

Although we are still left with warm, beautiful days, Summer 2010 has come and gone. As Starbucks begins to sell their Pumpkin Spice Latte and stores change their decor and merchandise (even some premature Halloween decorations), it is clear fall is upon us. Instead of trying to hold on to summer I have decided to embrace the change of weather and season. With that being said I want to highlight the 19th annual OakToberfest taking place on Marion Street and North Boulevard at Oak Park this weekend.

Going on Friday from 5-10 pm and Saturday 12-10 pm the free event will include a wide variety of seasonal foods, micro-brews, wine, and going with the Oktoberfest theme a root beer garden for kids. Local Chicago restaurants will be sharing their fall recipes, as well as selling fall specialties such as ribs and smoked corn on the cob.

For event goers over the age of 21 there will be the following seasonal micro-brews and wine provided by Trader Joes.

  • Samuel Adams Oktoberfest
  • Blue Moons Belgian White
  • Sierra Nevada Tumbler Autumn Brown and Kellerweis
  • Leinenkugel’s Leinenkugel Original and Oktoberfest
  • New Belgium’s Fat Tire, Mothership Wit, 1554 Black Ale, and HopTober
  • Magic Hats #9
  • Crispins Original Cider

Along with food and drinks, six bands will be performing live Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes the following:


  • 5-6 pm Rick Simcox and The Tone Questers
  • 6-8 pm Reyna Larson
  • 8-10 pm Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound


  • 12-2 pm Barry Winograd
  • 2-4 pm Localvores
  • 4-pm Chevere de Chicago
  • 6-8 pm West Side Winders
  • 8-10 pm CJ Chenier and The Red Hot Louisiana

If you are looking to make this into a fun family event there will also be a children’s area on Saturday from 12-5 pm that will involve zucchini car races, karaoke, arts & crafts, hip hop performances/lessons, games sponsored by the Wonder Works Children Museum, as well as much more

Having just moved to Chicago only a few weeks ago I think this will be a fun way to not only find some good restaurants to dine at this fall, but also kick off the season and still enjoy the outdoors and beautiful weather. Although it is not Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany it seems to be a fun free substitute that a group of friends or family can enjoy.

Check out pictures from last years event.

Happy Friday!



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