Things To Do This Weekend In And Around Chicago: Sept. 28-30

Shannon Blum
September 28, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Fall is officially here! And the start of fall in Chicago brings a lot of beer activities. From oktoberfests to ale fests, Chicago Gourmet to National Drink Beer Day, this weekend is full of all things beer. But don't worry, if beer is not your thing, there is still plenty of fun things to do this weekend.

Here's a look at things to do this weekend in and around Chicago.

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Chicago Gourmet

Rock the Fork! The annual three-day fest kicks off Friday with its Hamburger Hop throwdown. Walk in to Millennium Park and waddle out once you've stuffed your face at cooking demos, tasting pavilions and a wine sampling. This year's event features local celebs such as Stephanie Izard, Joe Flamm, Rick Bayless and more. Advance ticket purchase recommended.

Where: Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.

When: Friday-Sunday

Cost: $40-310

Revolution Oktoberfest

Revolution Brewing's annual Oktoberfest celebration returns to the streets of Logan Square, welcoming attendees to quaff a few beers while enjoying German cuisine and a stacked music lineup.

Where: Revolution Brewing, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.  

When: Friday, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: $5 suggested donation

St. Alphonsus Oktoberfest

Celebrate the traditions of Oktoberfest with brats, great music and craft beer. St. Alphonsus Church's annual Oktoberfest celebration features plenty of brews as well as activities and entertainment for kids and families. The $50 ticket includes 20 samples and a souvenir tasting glass as well as a pretzel necklace and admission to the festival grounds. There will also be performances from a variety of cover bands, including tributes to the Beatles, ‘80s hits and a rock 'n' roll polka act.

Where: St. Alphonsus Church, 1429 W. Wellington Ave.

When: Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Cost: $5-10

Dusek’s Blocktoberfest

Oktoberfest comes to Pilsen at Dusek's annual block party, which takes place on the street just outside of Thalia Hall. Admission is free and once attendees are inside the gates, they can enjoy German food, seasonal beer and a special punch. A lineup of local DJs will be providing tunes to soundtrack the festivities and Tack Room will transform into a Kid's Zone, where the little ones can entertain themselves while you're celebrating.

Where: Thalia Hall, 1807 S. Allport St.

When: Sunday, noon-10 p.m.

Cost: Free

3rd Annual Lakeview East Wine & Sweets Stroll

The Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce's 3rd Annual Lakeview East Wine & Sweets Stroll offers over 25 different wine samples, delicious local sweets and two Laugh Factory tickets. Wine distributors will be sampling their wines inside retail businesses throughout Lakeview East. Sweets shops in the neighborhood will also be sampling sweets and treats along the routes. Tickets are $25 per person and strollers can select which route they would rather stroll or you may purchase both routes for all stops.

Where: Clark Street from Diversey to Belmont; Broadway from Diversey to Hawthorne

When: Sunday, 3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: $25

Expo Chicago

EXPO CHICAGO 2018 hosts more than 135 leading international exhibitors presented alongside one of the highest quality platforms for global contemporary art and culture.

Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

When: Friday-Sunday

Cost: $20-40

Chicago Japanese Matsuri Festival

Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya and the Japanese Culture Center team up to present a traditional Japanese festival, complete with food and entertainment. Kizuki Ramen will be serving dishes like takoyaki on a stick, Japanese chicken wings and edamame as well as beer from Sapporo and six different types of saki. Throughout the afternoon, the Japanese Culture Center will showcase shodo, aikido, a cosplay competition, iaido and more. Admission is free, but you'll need to purchase tickets for food and drinks.

Where: NewCity, 1457 N. Halsted St.  

When: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Hyde Park Jazz Festival

Over 150 local, national, and international jazz musicians perform in 13 venues across the Hyde Park neighborhood at the 12th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival.This year's line-up includes Ravi Coltrane, Brandee Younger, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, Dee Alexander, Kris Davis, Christian Sands with Marcus Strickland, and Mike Reed, among many others.

Where: Midway Plaisance Park, 1130 Midway Plaisance North

When: Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight; Sunday, 1 p.m.-9:15 p.m.

Cost: Free

National Drink Beer Day Cruise

Where: Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Rd. 

When: Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday Oktoberfest 5-11 p.m.

Cost: $10 adults, $5 kids and seniors

Park Ridge Oktoberfest

The Park Ridge Park District, in combination with local restaurants Harp & Fiddle, Holt’s, and Hay Caramba, celebrate autumn with an Oktoberfest

Where: Hodges Park, 101 Courtland Ave. 

When: Saturday, noon-5 p.m.

Cost: Free

Lynfred Winery Oktoberfest, Pig Roast, Grape Stomp

Celebrate two days of German sing-a-longs, grape spitting and grape stomping contests. Roasted pig can be enjoyed either as a sandwich or a full meal, or enjoy grilled bratwurst, burgers, homemade chili and fresh grilled sweet corn; dessert booth; paired with Lynfred’s Oktoberfest wine.

Where: Lynfred Winery, 15 S. Roselle Rd. 

When: Saturday & Sunday

Cost: $10

Lisle Ale Fest

The sixth annual Lisle Ale Fest will feature over 80 unique American craft beers, live music and local food. The fest will also feature one of the largest selection of craft Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers in the area.

Where: Prairiewalk Pond/Downtown Lisle 

When: Saturday, 4-8 p.m.

Cost: $35

Chicago Cubs v. St. Louis Cardinals

See the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs play against the St. Louis Cardinals September 28-30 at Wrigley Field! Can the team take first place in their division?

Where: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison St.   

When: Friday, 1:20 p.m.; Saturday, 12:05 p.m.; Sunday, 2:20 p.m.

Cost: Varies