Exploring Chicago by water is one of the coolest thing you can do in our town. There are very few American cities that compare to our blend of architecture, history and spectacular urban scenery. If you don’t take a ride on the Chicago River or the cruise the Great Lake Michigan during summer or fall you are missing out. These experiences are as breathtaking as any adventure you can participate in here. The skyline comes to life from Chicago’s waterways, for the last 75 years Shoreline Sightseeing has served as the premier fleet of vessels showcasing the city. Whether it’s fireworks tours, water taxis or private charters, Shoreline is the preferred method travel when partying on the water. Recently we spent time with them for our only Oktoberfest event this season.
Our vessel for the night was the Evening Star that boarded from the Ogden Slip – a dock named after the city’s first mayor located southwest of Navy Pier’s main entrance. It sets the perfect tone for the evening as you avoid many of the tourist crowds that form near the docks located on the Pier.
The evening featured a traditional German Dinner catered and served by staff from the legendary butcher shop, Paulina Meat Market in Lincoln Park. The Euro Express was the highlight of the evening. The 3-piece band transitioned seamlessly between classic rock and timeless drinking songs. They even serenaded a lucky lady celebrating a birthday on this near perfect 70 degree Fall evening.
Patrons received a souvenir Oktoberfest mug, and had the option of two American interpretations of the Bavarian Lager consumed in large quantities around this time of year. I thought a proper, dimpled glass stein would have been more appropriate for an affair of this magnitude (not the smaller, plastic version we sipped from.) But after few rounds served Fraulein bartenders and dancing in the open air under the world’s greatest skyline, all was forgiven. I’m very much looking forward to experiencing Oktoberfest on Lake Michigan with Shoreline next year.
A traditional Marzen brewed with 2-Row Pale, Caramel, and Munich malts. 5.1% abv
Rev is Chicago’s hometown brewery, this is their 1st lager they have distributed.A pleasant, toasty malt flavor featuring Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops 6.3% abv