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Celebrate Oktoberfest at these old-school German spots

Can't make it to Munich? Journey instead to these classic German restaurants in nearby Chicago suburbs to celebrate Oktoberfest (which begins this Saturday, September 19) in old-world style.

Once you get a taste of an old-time brauhaus you'll be glad you gave fratty Oktoberfest bar parties das boot.

The Bavarian Lodge Come here for dark wood, a dizzyingly long beer list and two German classics: wiener schnitzel a la holstein (topped with fried egg, pickles, tomato and anchovy, $18) and rouladen (rolled beef with onion, egg, sausage and peppercorn gravy, $18). On September 18, they'll be holding an Oktoberfest kickoff pig roast ($18 per plate), which begins at 4 p.m. 1800 Ogden Ave. (at Devon), Lisle; 630-241-4701 or bavarian-lodge.com

Schnitzel Platz Dine amidst the cuckoo clocks at Schnitzel Platz, a Spaten-stocked haunt that's created a special menu for the celebration. For an über-meaty experience, there's the Oktoberfest platte, which comes loaded with smoked German pork, roast pork, sausage, sauerkraut and home fries ($21). On the "lighter" side, try Münchener wurstsalat, a vinegary, German-style sausage salad with onions, pickles and Swiss cheese ($10). 729 North Ave. (at Glenrise), Glendale Heights; 630-942-9900 or schnitzelplatz.com

Edelweiss Along with lederhosen-clad servers, stained glass windows and stein-centric décor, you'll find live German music (Thursday through Sunday, from now through November 1) at this bustling, family-populated brathaus. The special menu–which includes giant, Swiss-cheese-smothered Bavarian pretzels ($6.50) and sauerbraten (German pot roast, $19)–demands liters of Köstritzer, Bitburger and Franziskaner Dunkel Weiss beer to get it all down. 7650 W. Irving Park Rd. (at Overhill), Norridge; 708-452-6040 or edelweissdining.com