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Chicago Food Events

The annual Chicago Gourmet event takes place in Millennium Park and throughout the city

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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July 21
Ninety five floors above the Chicago skyline, enjoy Signature Room at the 95th’s first rosé brunch featuring Moët & Chandon, Erath Winery, Charles Smith Band of Roses and Smoke Tree Wines on Saturday, July 21, at 11 a.m. Tickets are $95 per person (inclusive of tax and gratuity) and include hors d’oeuvres, five different rosés, an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet plus a signature gift bag. Dishes include American sturgeon caviar with lemon chive crème fraîche and new potato, baby lamb chops with tomato chimichurri, and artichoke beignets. Call 312-280-0472 for reservations. Signature Room at the 95th, John Hancock Center, 875 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-787-9596.
July 26
Food, wine, music and art merge during III Forks' Treat Your Palate event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sample more than 20 different wines and hors d'oeuvres while listening to live music. Artists Philip Bennet Walker and Mobarick Abdullah III will be painting live, while Elizabeth Walker of Elizabeth Sarah Collections will create handcrafted jewelry. Some pieces will be available for purchase. $45 per person. Reservations required at 312-938-4303. III Forks, 180 N. Field Blvd., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-938-4303.
Through Summer
It's a rosé-on-the-river summer at River Roast. For $35, diners can enjoy oysters plus rosé on the expansive patio from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. River Roast, 315 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-822-0100.
Chef Daniel Boulud created THE UMAMI FRENCHIE for UMAMI BURGER Through September 14
French chef Daniel Boulud (of Daniel in New York City, one of GAYOT's Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S.) pioneered the "Gourmet Burger Revolution." So, it’s only natural that on Bastille Day, July 14, 2018, he launched "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" with the famous UMAMI BURGER chain. (The timing was lucky as France won the 2018 FIFA World Cup the next day!) Discover the tasty burger, presented by Boulud himself, in this video. Then, go try it for yourself at UMAMI BURGER in Chicago's West Loop and Wicker Park. Part of UMAMI BURGER's Artist Series, "THE UMAMI FRENCHIE" ($18) will be available until September 14th. One dollar from each burger sold will benefit charitable organization Citymeals, which provides a lifeline of nourishing meals and vital companionship to New York City’s homebound elderly. Umami Burger, 1480 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL 60622, 773-423-2005.
September 26-30
Chicago celebrates the 11th year of Chicago Gourmet with "Rock the Fork," a September affair with unique dinners, tastings and cocktail parties throughout the city. Among the highlights: Italian Feast on the Symphony Center Stage (Sept. 26); Blues, Booze & Bites at River Roast (Sept. 27); Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater (Sept. 28) followed that same evening with Late Night Gourmet at Underground; Global StrEATS on the Harris Theater Rooftop (Sept. 29); and Rise & Shine Gourmet at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (Sept. 30). Started by the Illinois Restaurant Association to shine a light on Chicago as an international culinary force, Chicago Gourmet is a five-day gathering of the city's best restaurants, plus local, national and international beer-, spirit- and wine-makers. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.


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.
Every Tuesday, couples can have their steak and dance it off, too. Artango Bar & Steakhouse launches its "Two to Tango" dinner series, with a shared meal for $25 per person, plus a 7:30 p.m. tango lesson from Argentine instructors Hernan Prieto and Daniela Roig. The dinner, with selections from a para compartir (steak flight) to asado de pollo, can be ordered before or after the class. Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 872-208-7441.
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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