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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.


July 13-15
Twenty of the nation's top pitmasters plus a number of country music stars will flock to River West for the Windy City Smokeout. This year's lineup includes local favorites such as Lillie's Q and Bub City, and acts like Brett Young (Friday), Brett Eldredge (Saturday) and Brothers Osborne (Sunday). Visit the website for tickets. Windy City Smokeout, 560 W. Grand Ave., Chicago, IL 60654, no phone.


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.
Every Tuesday, couples can have their steak and dance it off, too. Artango Bar & Steakhouse launches its "Two to Tango" dinner series, with a shared meal for $25 per person, plus a 7:30 p.m. tango lesson from Argentine instructors Hernan Prieto and Daniela Roig. The dinner, with selections from a para compartir (steak flight) to asado de pollo, can be ordered before or after the class. Artango Bar & Steakhouse, 4767 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 60625, 872-208-7441.
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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