The weather has changed, the leaves are falling, and sweater season is in full boom. All of this and the return of da Bears can only mean one thing: it’s time to drink fall beers. Check out this round-up of the best places to celebrate Oktoberfest in Lakeview East, and head out to take advantage before the weather changes again and it’s too cold to venture out.


1. Sheffield’s

Name a better beer garden for the fall; we’ll wait. Not only does Sheffield’s sprawling beer garden boasts greenery, plenty of seats for everyone, TVs, and heaters, but they’ve also curated one of the best draft lists in the neighborhood. Starring local favorites and seasonal brews, this menu currently features creamy, traditional lagers and bright, crisp Oktoberfest brews. 

2. Dry Hop Chicago

Nestled in all of the hustle and bustle of Broadway, this brewery is killing the Oktoberfest beer vibes. Stop in for anything from well-balanced lagers that evoke a crisp evening in Vienna to pumpkin spice beer that reminds us of our favorite seasonal Starbucks favorite. DryHop’s website says the beer features “all the flavors of a pumpkin spice frappuccino with extra whip, minus the guilt,” and we really can’t emphasize how excited we are about that.

3. Greeenstar Brewing

What’s that? You can’t drink beer because you’re on an all-organic kick? Haven’t you heard about Greenstar Brewing, the brewery inside Uncommon Ground? The first certified organic brewery in Illinois, Greenstar is more than just an organic, gluten-removed, vegan brewhouse. (Although to be honest, we think that’s a pretty good start.) They serve up a huge range of beer for all tastes, but who are we to recommend anything besides their Märzen style Oktoberfest lager in this weather?

4. Happy Camper

Maybe it’s just the neon signage that attracts us like moths, but we love a visit to our new(ish) neighborhood spot, Happy Camper. The best part of heading to this party place for a slice (besides, you know, the slice itself) is the wide-ranging beer menu that has an emphasis on local favorites. This time of year, take advantage of Half Acre, Goose Island, and Revolution brews that feature warming lagers and crisp ales. Y-U-M.

5. Dark Horse Tap & Grille

We love grabbing a drink at Dark Horse — the old school Wrigleyville atmosphere, the year-round beer garden that offers a cozy place to escape the cold, and the outrageous specials all make this a favorite neighborhood haunt. This time of year, they’re making an even more compelling case for a visit with an unusual selection of fall beer, including Great Lakes’s Oktoberfest and Maplewood’s Grahammie Crackers.



Written by Laura Scherb from Page & Plate

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