HOK Chicago welcomed the autumn season in style last month with HOKtoberfest, the office’s official 14th floor German festival. Inspired by the world’s largest beer fair held every September and October in Munich, the Chicago staff transformed the HOKafe into a Wiesn-like haven of delicious beer, brats, pretzels and sauerkraut complete with Bavarian flags and matching decor. Traditional German music filled the orange halls as HOK employees slowly sipped (or chugged) six different types of Oktoberfest bier while honoring a famous fete that dates all the way back to the 1800s.
According to the official Oktoberfest website, Oktoberfest started in October of 1810 as a celebration to honor the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig’s marriage. The wedding festivities started on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17, 1810 with a horse race (as all great parties do). Today, tourists from all over the world arrive in droves sporting costumes that are often so similar to the authentic Bavarian attire that only their native tongue gives them away. In 2012 alone 6.4 million people visited Oktoberfest and consumed 6.9 million liters of beer, all while appearing as one giant Deutsch family.
Back here in Chicago, HOK put its own spin on the party by challenging each other to intense games of Jenga and Battleship. Several HOK employees were spotted wearing festive, self-constructed hats embellished with the Bavarian white and blue. Unfortunately, no one was brave enough to don some genuine lederhosen, but thanks to the beauty of Photoshop we still pretended. Overall, the party was a huge success and we tip our feather hats to the staff for a schaukelnd (rocking) good time.