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Chicago Culinary Events

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Chicago. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Chicago. We've also got the latest Chicago Restaurant News and Wine Events.


April 26
It's never too soon to start planning for the annual Pinot Days at Navy Pier, when more than 60 producers from California, Oregon and New Zealand. This year's event takes place April 26 from 2 p.m.-5 p.m. The regular tasting costs $75, while the grand festival with VIP seminar and early entry sets you back $110. For more information, visit
May 5
Tavern on Rush will celebrate Cinco de Mayo starting at 11 a.m. with festive food and drink specials in the bar and lounge. Featured dishes include homemade tamales (filled with pork, served with salsa and sour cream; $2 each) and steak tacos (topped with cheese, lettuce and salsa, $1 each). Guests will enjoy $3 bottles of Corona all day. Tavern on Rush, 1031 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-664-9600.
July 4-6
At the Windy City Ribfest, rib experts from all over the country will compete for the Best Ribs award. The barbecue will be for sale along with sides like coleslaw, cornbread, baked beans, corn on the cob and more. There will also be live music and a family stage with local entertainment, plus a Kids Zone. For more information, visit
July 9-13
The 34th annual Taste of Chicago comes to Grant Park from July 3-13, 2014. Stop by for daily entertainment, food from dozens of local restaurants, and educational activities for the whole family. Artists like AWOLNATION will perform on multiple stages, and admission to the event is free. Learn more at Taste of Chicago, Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr., Chicago, CA 60604, 312-744-3315.


Four Farthings (2060 N. Cleveland Ave., 773-935-2060) serves half-price appetizers Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Score items like wings, Gorgonzola ravioli and fried calamari for a song.

Las Palmas is courting families with serious deals. Children under the age of 10 won't pay to dine Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 4 p.m.-7 p.m. and all day on Sunday when accompanied by two paying adults. Las Palmas, 1835 W. North Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-289-4991.
On weekdays, Blackbird offers a $22 three-course prix fixe lunch menu. Options might include butternut squash bisque with tuna, apples and candied cashews; slow-roasted lamb loin with smoked quinoa, Melrose peppers, heirloom tomatoes and dandelion greens; and warm spice bread with candied carrots, pickled golden raisins and saffron ice cream. Blackbird, 619 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60661, 312-715-0708.

Le Bouchon is offering a daily Lyonnaise menu that features a choice of French onion soup or Lyonnaise salad, steak frites or poached salmon and an apple tart or chocolate marquise for $27.50. Le Bouchon, 1958 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, 773-862-6600.

On Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-midnight and nightly from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! (2024 N. Halsted St., 773-935-5000) attracts a crowd with $3 tapas – think chicken empanadas and spicy potatoes with tomato aïoli–and $2 Bud and $3 Bud Light bottles. Offered in the bar only.

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