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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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March 3
COCHON 555 (five chefs, five pigs, five winemakers), a traveling culinary competition and tasting event, heads to Chicago. Created to promote a national conversation around the sustainable farming of heritage breed pigs, each event challenges five local chefs to prepare a menu from heritage breed pigs. Tickets start at $130. For more information, visit the official website
April 5-6
Seriously --- who doesn't love bacon? You can get your fix during the annual Baconfest, featuring two dinners and a lunch. For more information, visit the official website


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.
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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