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.
July 30 & July 31
In honor of National Cheesecake Day, The Cheesecake Factory is offering dine-in guests any slice of cheesecake for half price on July 30 and July 31. (One slice of cheesecake per dine-in guest.) Diners can also participate in a Say Cheesecake Contest on social media and try The Cheesecake Factory’s newest flavor: Lemon Meringue Cheesecake. For more information, visit www.thecheesecakefactory.com
The Naperville Wine Festival is slated for August 22 and 23, 4 p.m.-10 p.m. and 3 p.m.-9 p.m., respectively. The annual event will be held at CityGate Centre in Naperville, with proceeds benefitting the Naperville Area Humane Society. The cost is $35 at the door and $30 in advance. For more information, visit www.napervillewinefestival.com. Naperville Wine Festival, CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate Ln., Naperville, IL 60563, 877-772-5425.
Meet "Top Chef Just Desserts" winner Yigit Pura for a book signing and tasting at the Chicago location of Williams-Sonoma at noon. The cost is $37.80, plus tax, and includes a copy of the book. Williams-Sonoma, 1550 N. Fremont St., Chicago, IL 60622, 312-255-0643.
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.
The Galena Food & Wine Festival will be held at the Galena Convention Center from 8 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The event costs $50 per person, including wine and food, or $30 without wine tasting for designated drivers. For more information, visit www.galenafoodandwinefestival.com. Galena Food & Wine Festival, Galena Convention Center, 900 Galena Square Dr., Galena, IL 61036, no phone.
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 www.chicagogourmet.org
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 www.halalfestivals.com. Chicago Halal Food Festival, UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd., Chicago, IL 60607, no phone.
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.