Hofbräuhaus Chicago is bringing the “oompapa” of Oktoberfest back to the Chicago area with its fifth annual Oktoberfest celebration September 15 – October 29. Enjoy a plethora of festivities including nightly Bavarian entertainment, freshly brewed “Oktoberfestbier” inspired by the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, daily food specials served by Dirndl-clad waitresses, celebrity keg tapping ceremonies and more. Since 1810, Bavarians have gathered to celebrate Oktoberfest, an annual festival that began with the wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese. Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s X-day Oktoberfest celebration includes a plethora of entertainment from a variety of acts including a lively 40-piece German Bugle band, daily live music from “oompah” bands direct from Germany and live performances by several German dance and singing troupes.
Oktoberfest guests can also feast upon Hofbräuhaus Chicago’s menu of Bavarian specialties. In addition to a 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. Food specials include:
Savory pulled chicken smothered in a spicy paprika sauce, served with house-made spätzle, sautéed broccoli and crisply onion straws
HB Bier Gulasch
Tender braised pork roast smothered in HB bier-onion gravy, served with mashed potatoes, root vegetables and crispy onion straws
Bacon-wrapped cabbage rolls stuffed with ground beef and pork sausage with rice, served with mashed potatoes, root vegetables, HB bier gravy and sour cream
HB Smokehouse Platter
Roasted smoked pork belly and grilled smoked Kassler pork chop served with bacon sauerkraut, “Bratkartoffeln” German pan-fried potatoes with bacon and onions, and HB bier gravy
HB Rinder Rouladen
Braised beef roulade stuffed with bacon, pickle, onions and mustard served with house-made spätzle, red cabbage and savory gravy
Chef’s Weekly Special
Sunday Entenbraten Classic half roasted duck served with potato dumplings, red cabbage, root vegetables and rosemary duck sauceHofbräuhaus Chicago will also sell traditional cinnamon sugar roasted nuts Friday and Saturday evenings during Oktoberfest. In keeping with German tradition, the nuts are freshly roasted on-site.
Hofbräuhaus Chicago will once again serve its seasonal “Oktoberfest” beer during the 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.
Every Friday during Oktoberfest, Hofbräuhaus Chicago will host traditional keg tapping ceremonies led by local Chicago celebrities.