With the month of October comes Oktoberfest celebrations in Chicago especially in the North Center and Lincoln Square neighborhoods which have history deeply rooted in the German culture.   St. Benedict parish is located in the heart of North Center on a whole city block bounded by Irving Park Road, Byron, Leavitt and Bell. St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest has been celebrating its German roots and traditions since 1966.

This year, St. Benedict’s Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 2nd from 3-11pm and Sunday, October 3rd from 1-9pm.   Family fun can be had by all age groups.   Admission is free.   Festivities include authentic German food and beer including imports and specialties, the Bengal Zone (a sports TV viewing area) Club Ben for teens and tweens, Kinder Korner (kids’ games), a raffle, and other games.

Entertainment will be provided by The McGowans on Saturday, Oct. 2nd from 7-11pm and on Sunday by Paloma from 4-8pm.   The KinderFest Family Time will be on Sunday from 1-4pm which will include face painting, musical chairs, hula hoops and limbo contests.

Ann Marie Walker, ABR, Move with Maggie Team

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