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Best Food Festivals in Chicago

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Chicago. GAYOT features 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.

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Now here's a carnivore's delight: Michael Jordan's Steak House launches The Steakmanship Series, an upscale dining experience featuring the most rare and prime cuts for steak lovers. What you'll get: a choice of three tiers of steak called the Chef’s Cuts, Flight 23 and the Legendary Flight. Some of the offerings? Select cuts such as Japanese A5 Wagyu and Linz Heritage Prime Angus NY Strip plus decadent add-ons like lobster tail and seared foie gras. Diners can also opt for wine pairings hand-picked by sommelier Mark Canak. Michael Jordan's Steak House, InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-321-8823.
Tapas plus wine liven up happy hour at Mercat a la Planxa in the South Loop. The restaurant has unveiled a Bottle and Board special featuring a chef’s selection of three tapas for $35 plus a bottle of red or white Spanish wine available Sunday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Barcelona native chef Diego Amat curates dishes such as bacon-wrapped chorizo-stuffed dates, serrano ham croquettes with romesco sauce and pickled peppers, and patatas bravas with smoked paprika aïoli. Mercat a la Planxa, The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago, 638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, 312-765-0524.
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! offers $3 tapas and $1 pintxos Ongoing
On Friday and Saturday from 10 p.m.-midnight and nightly from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! attracts a crowd with $3 tapas (like spicy potatoes with tomato aïoli) and $1 pintxos (bite-size snacks). In addition, $3 Estrella Damm bottles are available all day. CafĂ© Ba-Ba-Reeba! , 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
Tuesdays to Saturdays
West Town's Bar Biscay hosts "Dinner at the Chef's Counter," a five-course dinner of off-menu items from Tuesdays to Saturdays. With just four seats at the counter, diners will have a prime view of chef Johnny Anderes as he prepares Basque-influenced cuisine paired with Basque vermouth, specialty cocktails and, of course, wine. $65 per person. Make reservations at or by calling 312-455-8900. Bar Biscay, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-455-8900.
On Fridays, Le Bouchon in Bucktown offers $1 oysters in the bar area. Le Bouchon, 1958 N. Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60647, 773-862-6600.


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