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Chicago Food Events

The annual Chicago Gourmet event takes place in Millennium Park and throughout the city

Best Food Festivals in Chicago

Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Chicago. GAYOT features 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.

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September 26-30
Chicago celebrates the 11th year of Chicago Gourmet with "Rock the Fork," a September affair with unique dinners, tastings and cocktail parties throughout the city. Among the highlights: Italian Feast on the Symphony Center Stage (Sept. 26); Blues, Booze & Bites at River Roast (Sept. 27); Hamburger Hop at Harris Theater (Sept. 28) followed that same evening with Late Night Gourmet at Underground; Global StrEATS on the Harris Theater Rooftop (Sept. 29); and Rise & Shine Gourmet at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel (Sept. 30). Started by the Illinois Restaurant Association to shine a light on Chicago as an international culinary force, Chicago Gourmet is a five-day gathering of the city's best restaurants, plus local, national and international beer-, spirit- and wine-makers. Ticket prices vary and can be purchased here.
September 28
Chicago Gourmet, a five-day gathering of the city's best restaurants, plus local, national and international beer-, spirit- and wine-makers, will see 15 contenders vying for the title of Hamburger Hop winner. Some of the competitors include mfk.'s Alisha Elenz; Gemini's Miguel Ortiz; Gibsons Italia's Jose Sosa; and Sable Kitchen & Bar's Amber Lancaster. The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Harris Theater Rooftop. Purchase tickets ($125 each) here. Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop, Harris Theater Rooftop, 205 E. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60601, no phone.


Tapas plus wine liven up happy hour at Mercat a la Planxa in the South Loop. The restaurant has unveiled a Bottle and Board special featuring a chef’s selection of three tapas for $35 plus a bottle of red or white Spanish wine available Sunday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Barcelona native chef Diego Amat curates dishes such as bacon-wrapped chorizo-stuffed dates, serrano ham croquettes with romesco sauce and pickled peppers, and patatas bravas with smoked paprika aïoli. Mercat a la Planxa, The Renaissance Blackstone Chicago, 638 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, 312-765-0524.
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.
Tuesdays to Saturdays
West Town's Bar Biscay hosts "Dinner at the Chef's Counter," a five-course dinner of off-menu items from Tuesdays to Saturdays. With just four seats at the counter, diners will have a prime view of chef Johnny Anderes as he prepares Basque-influenced cuisine paired with Basque vermouth, specialty cocktails and, of course, wine. $65 per person. Make reservations at or by calling 312-455-8900. Bar Biscay, 1450 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL 60642, 312-455-8900.
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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