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The basics of Oktoberfest is it traditionally starts in the third weekend in September and ends the first Sunday of October.  The first Oktoberfest was started in Munich and was a royal wedding celebration in 1810.  Horse races in the presence of the royal family marked the close of the event that was celebrated as a festival for the whole of Bavaria. The decision to repeat the horse races in subsequest years gave rise to the tradition of Oktoberfest.  The festival continued to evolve and included beer for the first time in 1818.  As the horse races became less popular, fairgrounds developed and the number of beer stands swelled until they became beer tents and halls in 1896. (via)

I remember in Nuremburg they were starting to set-up for Oktoberfest as we were leaving and they had posters up advertising when the traveling festival would be in town and I fell in love.

The last two years I went to an Oktoberfest street festival in Chicago and I started feeling ripped off and I didn't want to go this year.

Last weekend, Mike & I made our way to Chicago Brauhaus in Lincoln Square for some Oktoberfest celebrating.  Best decision!

They had authentic music, a band, a lively atmosphere, fun Oktoberfest beer, and a giant pretzel!  (Oh, and an adorable couple that I kept staring at the entire night as they danced.  They had to be at least 80 and they were so put together!  The lady was wearing an outfit I would probably wear (and complain about the heels the entire night).  And the man was in a suit.  And they could dance.  Effortlessly!  I told Mike I want to be like that lady when I'm 80.)

If you're going with any more than two people in the next few weeks, I would make a reservation.  It was packed and we got lucky that there was a high top in the bar we could sit at when we got there.

But, seriously, it was so fun!


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