Sept. 10, 2012
-- Chicago provides a number of fun fall festivals and activities for residents to enjoy, and some of the most popular year-after-year are the annual Oktoberfest celebrations throughout the city. The Lakeview neighborhood is host to Chicago's longest-running Oktoberfest, which is held at historic St. Alphonsus Church on Southport and Lincoln Ave. on September 28-30. This is an event not to be missed for those who enjoy great food, drink, and entertainment in the newly arrived fall weather.
Multiple food and drink vendors will sell beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut, pretzels, and plenty of other German and American fare. The festival will also include a full live entertainment lineup every day, which will include “old-world”
festive music from The Bratwurst Brothers and The Polkaholics, as well as other groups like The Dave Matthews Tribute Band. Kinderfest, the celebration's annual family day, will be held on Sunday.http://www.oktoberfestchicago.org/kinderfest.shtml
Aside from Oktoberfest, Lakeview has more than its share of entertainment, dining, and shopping offerings throughout the fall season. The neighborhood is home to many comedy venues, most notably the iO (formerly ImprovOlympic)
, as well as Comedy Sportz, Stage 773, and the Underground Lounge, which features music and comedy nights. A La Turka on Lincoln Avenue hosts belly dancers on weekends, and the old Lincoln Tap Room boasts a full calendar of events, including open mic nights. Lincoln Avenue shopping in Lakeview includes Dinkel's Bakery (family owned since 1922), Paulina Meat Market, thrift stores, and novelty shops.
Among the many other outdoor festivals in Chicago this September is Riot Fest, the annual rock n' roll celebration beginning September 14 at The Congress Theatre and continuing for two more days in Humboldt Park. Riot Fest features a wide variety of bands, including The Offspring, Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and Chicago's Alkaline Trio. The annual Lincoln Square Apple Fest takes place on September 22, and Millennium Park’s Chicago Gourmet and The Hyde Park Jazz Festival round out the month, both falling on the weekend of September 29.
For information on everything from Chicago festivals, music, and comedy to shopping and dining, Concierge Preferred is the best source for coverage on all the city has to offer.http://www.conciergepreferred.com/