Chicago Culinary Events
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.
COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers), a traveling culinary competition and tasting event, heads to Chicago. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, each event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. Tickets start at $125. For more information, visit the official website
April 30-May 1
Seriously --- who doesn't love bacon? You can get your fix during the annual Baconfest. The celebration focuses on the food in every way imaginable (and in ways you'd never imagine). There will be bacon-themed events, contests and performances, too. For more information, visit the official website
Dinosaur Bar-B-Que offers happy hour from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, with $4 beers and select cocktails, plus $5 and $6 small plates like fried green tomatoes. Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, 923 W. Weed St., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-462-1053.
La Sirena Clandestina debuted its first-ever happy hour special. The team will offer a limited quantity (10 servings daily) of Brazilian fried chicken with malagueta hot sauce for $10, Monday through Friday from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Additionally the Latin-local spot will have drink specials including the restaurant’s signature caipirinha for $8 and $3 cans of Tecate. La Sirena Clandestina, 954 W. Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607, 312-226-5300.
Bistronomic offers a Bistro Express lunch menu. For $20.11 (the year the restaurant opened), diners can order a starter, main course and a dessert of choice. The menu includes beet salad and country pâté, among other apps, as well as a brioche club, pasta, steak frites, a burger and mussels for the main course options. Chocolate hazelnut bars and other treats are on hand for dessert. Bistronomic, 840 N. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-944-8400.
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. Café Ba-Ba-Reeba! , 2024 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-5000.
ZED451 presents a happy hour menu Monday-Friday from 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Highlights include flatbreads, Moroccan chicken, tacos and more. ZED451, 739 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-266-6691.
Four Farthings serves half-price appetizers Monday-Friday 5 p.m.-7p.m. in the bar. Score items like wings, nachos and fried calamari for a song. Four Farthings, 2060 N. Cleveland Ave., Chicago, IL 60614, 773-935-2060.
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.
Saturdays & Sundays
State & Lake Chicago Tavern at theWIT Hotel offers its popular fried chicken every Saturday and Sunday with live country music starting at 1 p.m. on Sundays. “Fried Chicken Frenzy” features buckets of crispy fried chicken, house-made biscuits and select growlers. State & Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-239-9400.
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