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10 spots to rock your lederhosen this Oktoberfest

Published On 09/25/2013 Published On 09/25/2013
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1. Resi's Bierstube 2034 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Resi's Bierstube is a tavern and restaurant serving up authentic German food and beer.

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2. Mirabell Restaurant 3454 W Addison St, Chicago, IL 60618

If you're looking for the finest schnitzel in Chicago, look no further than Mirabell Restaurant, a Bavarian village-mural-bedecked space in Chicago serving up German favorites in a warm, rustic space.

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3. Lutz Pastry Cafe 2458 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (North Center)

Lutz Bakery in Chicago produces some awesome high-quality baked goods using European recipes from way back when.

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4. The Glunz Tavern 1202 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610 (Old Town)

Featuring a Franco-German menu, serving dishes like a lineup of sweetbread & escargot bourguignon, fried-egg topped Holsteiner schnitzel, and slow-cooked coq au Rielsling. They also offer a rotating selection of small-batch wines, eight seasonal beer taps, and reserve whiskey from exclusive Scotches to Van Winkle bourbon aged 15 years.

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5. Glunz Bavarian Haus 4128 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Old Town)

Glunz Bavarian Haus is an Austrian/German restaurant and brauhaus in Chicago.

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6. Laschet's Inn 2119 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60618

Laschet's Inn in Chicago features a German atmosphere, German food (like pretzels with Dusseldorf mustard and Thuringer sandwiches), and a huge selection of German beer.

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7. Paulina Meat Market 3501 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60657 (Lakeview)

A carnivore's dream, Paulina has nearly every smoked sausage imaginable: knackwurst, bockwurst, goat brats, jalapeno pepper jack brats, and even turducken brats, to save you the trouble of Frankenstein-ing three birds together.

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8. Prost! 2566 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (Lincoln Park)

If you thought that Spring semester of freshman year was the only time one of your friends would come back bigger than ever, you were wrong, because Lincoln Park's German beer hall Prost! is returning after a two-year absence, and they've expanded into the art gallery next door, now filled with rows of communal wooden tables imported from the motherland, and a custom-built bar topped with a collection of steins.

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9. The Berghoff Restaurant 17 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

The owners of Chicago's first post-Prohibition liquor license in 1933, The Berghoff has been bringing German food and drink to the Windy City for more than a century. The Loop institution opened before the Prohibition -- in 1898 -- but it really began as a brewery a couple of years before that. Now, it's known for its house brews (best when sampled in a flight of five), reubens, and old-world schnitzel entrees. Not surprising given its German roots, The Berghoff is a major player in Chicago's annual Oktoberfest celebrations.

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10. Chicago Brauhaus 4732 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60618 (Lincoln Square)

Chi's Bavarian-est restaurant rocks heaping portions of various -wursts, bountiful German beer, and yodeling.