As I’ve explained in previous posts, I’m always looking for fun stuff to do in my own backyard. Summer in Chicago is usually filled with festivals, neighborhood events, concerts and craft fairs. Now that summer is drawing to a close, sadly so are the fun outdoor events. Luckily, it’s usually still warm out enough to enjoy a good Oktoberfest.
The town of Oak Park, a suburb just 8 miles west of the city of Chicago, holds a pretty good “Oktoberfest” appropriately named Oaktoberfest. The event is usually held around the second week of September. The weekend event holds different activities for all ages, local food, and tasty beer. So, Matt, Kelly, our friends Tom and Kim, and Lei and her dude and myself went to check out the festivities on Friday and had a fabulous night.
The beats of Cathy Richardson and the Macrodots pulsed around the three-block event. With our toes tapping we knew it was time for one thing, beer. For the purchase of 3 beverage tickets you were able to get your own 22-ounce souvenir mug, which was a pretty decent deal. Plus the variety of beer (they even had cider), plus wine was pretty spectacular. With my first beer in hand of a Leinie’s Oktoberfest, very appropriate, we found a nice spot around the corner to have a seat and enjoy our beer, company and music.
Soon enough we were starting to get a little hungry and walked over to check out the food vendors. Some of my favorite restaurants like Jerusalem Café, Lou’s Peking House, Mancini’s Pizza and Pasta plus Marion Street Cheese Market were all present serving up tasty snacks or meals. Kelly went for the sweet and purchased a delightful cupcake from Sugar Fixe. I was looking for something a little more substantial and went with the fried ravioli from Mancini’s. I must say, I made a good choice.
Oaktoberfest is a great fall tradition. I would definitely recommend it to folks in the area looking to same great local food and beer in a relaxed environment. Plus it’s cooler out finally so you can enjoy the lovely fall weather. Now I just have to find a few more Oktoberfests to enjoy the rest of my favorite season!