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Chicago Culinary Events

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

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.


June 2
The 14th annual Chefs and the City tasting event, benefitting the Heartland Alliance, will be held from 6:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m., featuring delicious bites ranging from fine dining to gastropubs. Participating chefs include Chris Pandel (The Bristol, Balena), Joey Beato (Community Tavern), Tom Van Lente (White Oak Tavern), Julie Warpinski (Big Star) and more. Early-bird tickets for the event are $100 until May 20 at 5 p.m. ($125 after).
June 25
Inspired by her annual food and music bash Feedback at SXSW in Austin, Rachael Ray is bringing the festival to Chicago for the first time. The event takes place at Chicago's Lincoln Park Zoo with musical headliners Grace Potter and Lee Fields & The Expressions. In addition to the multiple artist lineup, festivities will include Rachael Ray's selections of food and drink. For more information, visit the official Feedback website. Lincoln Park Zoo, 2001 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614, no phone.
July 4-17
During French Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special prix-fixe menus at select Chicago restaurants. 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.
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.
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.

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