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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.


September 11
The 27th Annual Shaw's Oyster Fest will take place on Friday, Sept. 11, from 3 p.m. –10 p.m. at the corner of Hubbard and Rush streets, with a menu curated by Shaw’s Crab House chef/partner Doug Psaltis and music from synth-pop artist St. Lucia. Tickets are $30 per person. 27th Annual Oysterfest, 435 N. Wabash St., Chicago, IL 60611, 312-527-2722.
September 25-27
Chicago Gourmet will be held in Millennium Park. 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
October 23
The Geraghty will host the James Beard Foundation's Taste America: Chicago event with chef Mark Ladner. The event will begin at 6 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit the James Beard Foundation's website. The Geraghty, 2520 S Hoyne Ave., Chicago, IL 60608, 312-342-5343.
November 20-21
The 31st Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend will feature several events, including winery luncheons, live music, wine and cheese receptions, and a horse-drawn wagon parade. For more information, visit Galena Nouveau Wine Weekend's 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.
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.
Saturdays & Sundays
State & Lake Chicago Tavern at theWIT Hotel offers its popular fried chicken every Saturday and Sunday with live country music starting at 1 p.m. on Sundays. “Fried Chicken Frenzy” features buckets of crispy fried chicken, house-made biscuits and select growlers. State & Lake Chicago Tavern, 201 N. State St., Chicago, IL 60601, 312-239-9400.

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