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Chicago: Annual Fall Festivals

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A September 2003 trip to Chicago by wildhoney269

Celtic Fest Photo, Chicago, Illinois More Photos
Quote: One of the best things about living in Chicago is that there is a never-ending variety of activities available to partake in to enjoy oneself. Fall is a great time to visit the city because some our greatest festivals are held at that time.

Chicago: Annual Fall Festivals

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Celtic Fest Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago has two kinds of festivals: citywide and neighborhood. The citywide festivals are usually well advertised and take part near the Chicago lakefront, usually in Grant Park. With fall brining on cooler weather, these citywide festivals wind down. The Chicago Jazz Festival and Celtic Fest are usually the last two big festivals to be held. With a population of almost 3 million, Chicago is a city of diverse neighborhoods. Eighty-one distinct communities represent a variety of nationalitie...Read More

German-American Festival

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German-American Festival Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The annual German-American Festival has been held for over eighty years. This Oktoberfest-type event is not a "world famous" festival that Chicago is known for like Taste of Chicago, Blues, Gospel or Jazz Fest, but it is one of the city’s premier neighborhood festivals. It is held in the heart of an old German neighborhood where they block off the streets and erect massive big-top style tents. Expect to be "prousting" with a mix of locals and college kids. We natives think this is one of the best festivals of the year. This is the kind of event where you will swing dance with tipsy old ladies to music performed by men in lederhosen. If that doesn’t sound like your kind of fun, you have to admit it is ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

German-American Festival

Chicago, Illinois

Guinness Oyster Fest

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Guinness Oyster Fest Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Tents are erected, fresh oysters and other culinary delights are prepared, perfect pints of Guinness are chilled, and the musicians tune their instruments for this two-day festival. Two stages are set up where many modern and traditional Irish and American bands perform. This celebration is centered on one of America’s most popular "gifts from the ocean", oysters. Walk past the main stage and into the festival to find a large variety of artisan booths speckled amongst booths grilling various foods. Expect to find jewelry, photographers, painters, and other unique artists. Many food booths grill onions and peppers to go with roasted meats. We tried several items and the gyros here are fabulous. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Guinness Oyster Fest
1900 West Division Street
Chicago, Illinois
(773) 868-3010

Oak Street Beach

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Attraction | "Osaka Garden Festival"

Oak Street Beach Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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The Osaka Garden Festival, a free annual festival usually taking place in September, celebrates the sister city relationship between Chicago and Osaka.. Osaka Garden is a gift from Japan to Chicago from the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893. To get to Osaka Garden, which is a traditional Japanese Garden, you need to walk through Jackson Park. The garden is actually on the northern end of the Wooden Island in Jackson Park. This festival is one of the most unique ways to experience Japanese culture in Chicago. A wide variety of ethnic food is available to try. My favorite item is Takoyaki, which are octopus balls. The name is a bit intimidating, but it is made from chopped up octopus meat and rolled i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Oak Street Beach
1000 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611
+1 312 747 0832

Berghoff

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Attraction | "Berghoff Oktoberfest"

Berghoff Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago’s famous Berghoff Restaurant hosts the annual Oktoberfest in the city. The plaza in front of the post office downtown at Adams and Dearborn becomes the site of the German-style, open-air celebration for three days in early September. Berghoff’s version of Oktoberfest is popular with the "downtown" crowd who stop by during lunch and after work to enjoy this big Oktoberfest in the middle of the city. Visitor’s can enjoy fresh bratwurst, barbecued chicken sandwiches, corn-on-the-cob, soft pretzels, and chocolate chip cookies along with Berghoff’s private-label beers and root beers (soft drinks and water are also available). In addition to the good food and beer, a stage is setup ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Berghoff
17 West Adams St
Chicago, Illinois 60603
+1 312 427 3170

Chicago Jazz Festival

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Chicago Jazz Festival Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Highlighting some of the music Chicago is known for, the annual Chicago Jazz Festival says goodbye to summer and hello to fall. One of the most prestigious jazz festivals in the United States, it is held annually the Friday through Sunday before Labor Day. The main festival is held in Grant Park with performances at its main stage, the Petrillo Music Shell. Jazz performances are usually held in other parts of the city as well such as the Cultural Center, Symphony Hall, and several jazz clubs throughout the city. This festival is the longest running free lakefront music event in Chicago. The festival originated in 1979 when different organizations all wanted to honor and celebrate jazz music in Chicago...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Chicago Jazz Festival
Petrillo Music Shell-Grant Park
Chicago, Illinois 60605
+1 312 427 1676

Taste of Romania

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Taste of Romania Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Like many other Chicago neighborhood festivals, we assumed that the Taste of Romania would allow us to learn about the culture, enjoy the food and have fun. The festival takes place in a school parking lot and is not a very large area. When you walk into the festival you walk past several neighborhood booths where you can get a few free pens and things like that. The rotisserie is off in the corner where you see a real pig roast. One food booth has a few selections of food items. A beverage booth offers Romanian wine and beer. A few other booths were set up but unattended. They offered henna tattoos and a neat eyebrow hair removal with threads. A stage was set up for the band but no one was play...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Taste of Romania
Corner of Barry and Ashland Avenues
Chicago, Illinois

Celtic Fest Chicago

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Attraction | "Celtic Music Festival"

Celtic Fest Chicago Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago has a large population of Irish and the annual Celtic Festival draws a good sized-crowd. Held in Grant Park near Chicago’s Lake front, this free festival salutes Celtic music, dance, and traditions. More than just Irish, this last large festival of the summer highlights culture from Brittany, France; Galacia, Spain; Ireland; Nova Scotia, Canada; Scotland; the Isle of Man; Cornwall; Wales; and across the United States and Canada. Celtic dance and traditional storytelling join the great array of musicians featured on more than ten stages and tented areas. A large stage is set up which is dedicated to Irish dancing. Troupes and dance schools from all over the Midwest perform. Throughout the...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 2, 2003

Celtic Fest Chicago
Grant Park
Chicago, Illinois
(312) 744-3370

Wells Street Wine Festival

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Attraction | "The Crush in Old Town: Wells Street Wine Festival"

Wells Street Wine Festival Photo, Chicago, Illinois
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Wine, music, food, and more wine! The annual wine harvest--"The Crush"—is celebrated in Old Town at this festival. For this festival Wells Street undergoes a transformation from a busy urban thoroughfare to a European-style open market featuring wine pavilions representing more than 50-different wines. Tents are set up with wine-tasting tables inside where you can try all these wines. Wines from both domestic vineyards as well as those from France, Italy, Australia, Spain, Chile, and other wine-producing nations are served. Hess, Niebaum Coppola, Ravenswood, Cosentino, and Banfi are some of the featured wineries. Be prepared to wait because the tents get crowded at peak times. Actually, when we...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 3, 2003

Wells Street Wine Festival
North Wells Street between Schiller and North
Chicago, Illinois