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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.


Thursdays through September 4
Check out the Argyle Night Market beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursdays through September 4. In addition to bites (think banh mi from Ba Le), you can also score fresh produce. Argyle Night Market, Argyle Street & Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60640, no phone.
September 27
Chicago Gourmet is around the corner, and tickets sell out fast. The event will be held in Millennium Park Saturday, September 27, from noon-6 p.m. and on Sunday, the 28th, from noon-5 p.m. There are a slew of events around town that weekend. Tickets for the main event are $170 plus tax per day or $275 plus tax for the weekend. For more information, visit
October 25-26
Chicago will host the second annual Halal Food Festival from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Register before July 31 for free entry; it’s $7 per person after that. For more information, visit Chicago Halal Food Festival, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.


Four Farthings (2060 N. Cleveland Ave., 773-935-2060) 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.

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.

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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