Locktoberfest Logo What the heck is Locktoberfest?

Locktoberfest is a party! First things first, we're here to have fun. What's fun for us? Lockpicking! Also: brats and.... you! Locktoberfest is open to everyone, from world class lockpickers to those interested in learning for the first time.

Locktoberfest is a day of learning, teaching, and competitions (serious and frivolous) related to lockpicking.

The Chicago chapter of TOOOL has been getting together to play with locks for a while now and we decided that "October" is just as good an excuse for a party as any. Come on out and join us!

Details & Attending

Showing up is all you really need to do. This is our fourth year (after a hiatus) and last time people told us they really enjoyed the laid back format, so we're not changing things too much.

That said, we're asking everyone to register so that we have a good idea of who's coming. Eventbrite - Locktoberfest Chicago 2017


    The Particulars:
  • Where: "Pumping Station: One", 3519 N. Elston Ave (map)
  • When: Saturday, October 14 - 13:00-20:00 (1pm-8pm) (schedule TBA; see Schedule for details when posted)
  • Cost: Donations accepted and encouraged
  • What to Bring: Yourself, your friends, picks and locks if you've got 'em (and a side dish if you're ambitious; brats will be provided). The event will be BYOB. If you have special dietary needs or envies, feel free to bring a dish.

There will be events going on throughout the day (Schedule), so feel free to drop in at any time. See the schedule here.

Lockpicking is a hobby?

Lockpicking for fun and curiosity (sometimes called "locksport"), is a pastime with a venerable history in Europe that has recently leapt in popularity in the US.

Different people enjoy it for many reasons, but most everyone gets hooked when they first have the undeniable James Bond thrill that comes from defeating a lock using only a couple pieces of metal and your skills.

Anyone can learn, and most are surprised at how easily they open their first lock. Come try it out! Locksport Wizard 2012


Are under-21 attendees permitted?
Yes: Pumping Station One is open to the public, as are TOOOL events. We intend Locktoberfest to be a family-friendly event (and kids love lockpicking. Really!). However, due to the nature of the PS1 facility, no unaccompanied minors are allowed.

Is this legal?
Yes, absolutely. In Illinois, lockpicks are legal to own, carry, and use provided you are not committing another crime while using them.

Do I need to already have tools?
No, we've got lots of loaners that you can use during the event. If you'd like to purchase your own, we humbly suggest the Beginner's Blend pick kit available from the TOOOL.us store. It's a great value, and proceeds go directly back to events like this.

You didn't answer my question!
Technically, that's not a question. But never fear: ask at info@locktoberfest-chicago.com or @TOOOLChicago and we'll get you sorted.

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