Maifest Chicago


   Maifest has been an annual festival brought to you by the May Fest Committee, and Committee President Joe Matuschka. Special thanks go to 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin.

Admission to Mayfest Chicago is free and open to all ages. German and American food and beer are available for purchase.

Mayfest Chicago is a 501(c)(3) organization founded to promote Chicago's German heritage. Mayfest Chicago benefits German-American organizations including the DANK HAUS, the American Aid Society, the Donauschwaben Youth Group, German American Policy, and others.

Mayfest (Maifest in German) is the traditional German celebration of the arrival of spring. Maifest is still celebrated throughout Germany with the maypole (maibaum) decorated to show off the history and crafts of the local village or town.tent

Mayfest, like Octoberfest, has now become a popular celebration throughout the world. Chicago's German community welcomes all to their Mayfest in Lincoln Square; the heart of Chicago's German Community.


Maifest at night

A traditional keg tapping and the crowning of the year's Mayfest queen mark Friday's opening ceremony of the annual German festival featuring German foods, live music, maypole dance and other traditional German presentations.

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