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.
February 19-March 1
More than 35 restaurant will be offering specially priced three-course meals during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week, February 19-March 1, 2015. For more information, visit chicagonorthwest.com
The Irish Oak kicks off its St. Patrick's Day festivities on Saturday with a breakfast buffet offering scrambled eggs, hash browns, bacon, sausage, bagels, Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, green beer and more. Reservations are required. For more information, visit www.irishoak.com. The Irish Oak, 3511 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657, 773-935-6669.
The annual Chicago Beer Festival is slated for March 21 from 1 p.m.-9 p.m., and it'll feature an array of international, local and craft brews. Admission, which costs $40, includes entry during one of two time frames: 1 p.m.-4 p.m. or 6 p.m.-9 p.m. It's being held at Union Station. For more information, visit thechicagobeerfestival.com. Union Station, 210 S. Canal St., Chicago, IL 60606, phone not available.
April 17 & 18
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 baconfestchicago.com. Baconfest, UIC FORUM, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60608, no phone.
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.
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.
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.