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Chicago Culinary Events

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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 13-July 31
Whether they are indulging in the signature Chicago-style hot dog or creamy chocolate cake, Chicagoans like Portillo's. It’s an institution, and now a fast-casual phenom in 40 states. The restaurant has decided to resurrect the once-discontinued lemon cake from June 13 to July 31. A select number of outposts will serve the cake by the slice and whole as a test to see whether it should be added nationwide. Lunch & Dinner daily. Portillo's, 100 W. Ontario St., Chicago, IL 60654, 312-587-8910.
June 21-22, July 19-20, August 23-24, September 20-21, October 18-19, November 15-16, December 13-14
Arun's, a standard for Thai cuisine, introduces an immersive, educational experience via its Best of Thailand Monthly Dining Series. For two days each month starting June 21, 2017, diners can sample a themed, 10- to 12-course prix-fixe menu for $150 conceived by chef Arun Sampanthavivat, who has been at the helm for 32 years. The series follows this schedule: June 21-22, Regional Thai Cuisine; July 19-20, Vegetarian Thai; August 23-24, Marriage from Heaven, Wine and Food pairings; September 20-21, War of Thai Chili Dips; October 18-19, Thai Pasta; November 15-16, Thai Curry Night; December 13-14, Thai Comfort Food, Braised Better. Arun's, 4156 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 60618, 773-539-1909.
June 29
Travelle Kitchen + Bar in The Langham, Chicago launches the first installment of its Chef Collaboration Series dinners with Won Fun Chinese chef Ben Ruiz. Travelle chef Ricardo Jarquin will work alongside chef Ruiz to create a five-course, family-style meal in the glass-enclosed exhibition kitchen. The event starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and a meet-and-greet with the chefs, and dinner begins at 7 p.m. Cost is $65 per person excluding gratuity. Reservations required. Travelle Kitchen + Bar, The Langham, Chicago, 330 N. Wabash Ave., 2nd Fl., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-923-7705.
June 30-July 2
Primehouse might be known for its dry-aged cuts, but from June 30 to July 2, diners will get a taste of its sweeter side during its first Freeze Pop and Candy Shop Pop-Up. Hosted on the patio, the event will benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The celebration opens with a boozy Strawberry Rosé freeze pop, available during happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy the Fizzy Lemon Lime and Blackberry Creamsicle freeze pops from noon to 2 p.m. Primehouse, The JAMES, 616 N. Rush St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-660-6000.
July 10-23
During French Restaurant Week, diners can enjoy special prix-fixe menus at select Chicago restaurants. For more information, visit the official website
September 22-23
Brooklyn Brewery will host the interactive Beer Mansion in five themed tasting rooms categorized by flavor at Morgan's on Fulton. The multi-city tour will hit Brooklyn, London, Paris and other locales before stopping in Chicago. Food, games and tech, and DJs will enhance the event. Doors open at 6 p.m. Early bird tickets are $60. Visit the official website for more information. Morgan's on Fulton, 950 W. Fulton St., Chicago, IL 60607, 312-374-3686.
October 1
Grand Cochon, the finale event of the COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers) competition series, will crown the winner. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage-breed pigs, each event challenges chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. For more information, visit the official website


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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