This weekend is all about the FOOD!
Wait, isn’t that every weekend?
September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Come celebrate! Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit, is a celebration of food and wine in Millennium Park. Guests enjoy gourmet food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings, live cooking demos, educational seminars, and more. What’s more, the popular Hamburger Hop® event kicks off the weekend, the Grand Cru offers participants exclusive tastings of some of the finest wines in the world and tasty bites from award winning chefs, and the Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event into some of the area’s best restaurants.
New for 2014 – BBQ Pavilion
This year, they’ve partnered with the Illinois Barbeque Alliance (IBBQA) to bring the first-ever BBQ Pavilion to Chicago Gourmet! Imagine a party with your friends in the city’s biggest backyard – craft beer in hand – chowing down on fare from some of the state’s most iconic BBQ spots, all the while mingling with passionate pit masters, sauce makers, expert ribbers, and more.
New for 2014 – Global Street Food Pavilion
Taste the world with an all-new Global Street Food Pavilion at Chicago Gourmet. Sample selections of celebrated international fare from:
Spencer’s Jolly Posh Foods
and many more!
Enjoy the juciest burger showdown in town – the Hamburger Hop®! Held at the Harris Theater Rooftop on Friday, this event features top area chefs as they do battle in a burger competition while you dine on tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guests crown the People’s Choice.
Late Night Gourmet
The official after-party of the Hamburger Hop® will be held at world-recognized celebrity hotspot, The Underground. The event promises revelry well into the night with late-night bites, tasty libations and music from DJ Rock City. Guests with a coveted ticket will mix and mingle with hundreds of Chicago’s tastemakers and influencers, including Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and star mixologists.
A Trotter Tribute Dinner
Chicago Gourmet presents an exclusive, newly added dinner to the 2014 event lineup: A Tribute to Charlie Trotter, presented by American Express®. On Saturday, September 27, many of the world’s finest chefs – including many of Chef Trotter’s protégés and dearest friends – will gather at the magnificent Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago for a rare, unforgettable dinner to honor the world-renowned culinary legend and his indelible impact on the hospitality industry. The dinner features exceptional wines from Terlato Wines and an elegant, 6-course seated dinner in the hotel’s stunning Grand Ballroom. This marks the first large-scale fundraising event held in Chef Trotter’s hometown and benefits Charlie Trotter’s Culinary Education Foundation.
Saturday: 12 – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 – 5 p.m.
Hamburger Hop®: Friday 6 – 9 p.m.
Late Night Gourmet: 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A Trotter Tribute Dinner: Saturday 7:30 p.m.
Main Event – Weekend
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagogourmet.org/
FEAR NO ART PRESENTS THE DINNER PARTY
**Tuesday September 23, 2014
On The Dinner Party, host Elysabeth Alfano invites three celebrities of different domains and a known chef who cooks for them and a live audience. Over food, wine, chocolate, artist performances and Twitter, the conversations flow on this very popular, interactive show. Filmed live in front of a live audience and streaming live on The Sun Times website, The Dinner Party brings unscripted conversations about the creative process and current celeb projects to more people through an interactive dialogue and feast for the senses. With this fun and entertaining platform, they touch on the artists’ projects, hot topics, music, current events and anything else that comes up! Audience members share in the food, wine and conversations by tweeting in questions, making this a truly interactive and dynamic Dinner Party. As you know, the best conversations happen over dinner.
Special Guests – September 23
Famed Talk-Show Host Jerry Springer
Attorney General Lisa Madigan
Celebrity Columnist Bill Zwecker
Renowned North Pond Chef Bruce Sherman
1200 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.citywinery.com/chicago/tickets/fear-no-art-presents-the-dinner-party-9-23.html
SHAW’S OYSTER FEST BLOCK PARTY
Friday September 26, 2014
Shaw’s Oyster Fest Block Party returns to downtown Chicago. Hosted by Chicago’s premiere oyster bar, Shaw’s Crab House, Oyster Fest brings together live music, Goose Island beers, fresh seafood and more.
This year, Oyster Fest kicks-off the 30th anniversary festivities of Shaw’s Crab House which will celebrate its 30th anniversary of the Oyster Bar in December 2014 and the dining room in April 2015.
A variety of East and West Coast Oysters
Shaw’s signature crab bites, sushi rolls, fried oysters, and lobster rolls
BBQ bites from Bub City
Oyster Slurp Off
A high-energy Oyster Slurp Off will take place at Oyster Fest as last year’s finalists go head-to-head with this year’s contestants to see who will prevail as the slurping champion and take home the $1,000 prize.
Brett Dennen (headliner)
Andrew Diehl & The Nightmen
3 – 10 p.m.
Oyster Slurping Championship: 8 p.m.
560 W. Grand St.
Chicago, IL 60654
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.oysterfestchicago.com/
September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014
Wildly popular annual Bavarian celebration in West Lakeview welcomes fall with plenty of food, music, arts & crafts, and activities for families and children. The event’s KinderFest (Saturday and Sunday) features games and other activities for your young kids and family.
Southport Main Stage – Headliners
Friday: This Must Be the Band
Saturday: 16 Candles
Parking Lot Stage – Headliners
Friday: Wedding Banned
Saturday: Trippin Billies
Sunday: Ed Wagner’s Lustige Blaskapelle
Craft Beer Night – Friday & Saturday
Enjoy 20 tastings from craft breweries around the country. The Craft Beer Tasting sessions will be held in an intimate German beer hall within St. Alphonsus church. The event is limited to 600/night and attendees will get to try 20 of over 40 samples of unique beers! Each participant will receive a delicious pretzel necklace to accompany you on your journey of beer sampling!
Friday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Craft Beer Night: 6 – 9 p.m. (Friday and Saturday)
KinderFest: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)
St. Alphonsus Church
1429 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60657
Craft Beer Night
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagoevents.com/event.cfm?eid=222
HYDE PARK JAZZ FESTIVAL
September 27, 2014 – September 28, 2014
This annual neighborhood Jazz festival returns, showcasing 30 musical acts on 14 stages across Hyde Park. This free event features critically acclaimed local, national and international talent in both indoor and outdoor settings. Besides great music, this festival also includes an outdoor dance floor, artisan vendors, and for the second year, a community-wide oral histories project where festival goers can share their experiences with jazz.
Saturday: 1 p.m. – midnight
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://hydeparkjazzfestival.org/
QUINCY STREET DISTILLERY TOURS
September 26, 2014 – September 28, 2014
This tour includes a visit into the bonded area of the distillery where they produce and bottle their spirits. Bottles are also available for purchase.
Friday: 3, 5:30 & 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 1, 3:30 & 5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11:30 p.m.
Quincy Street Distillery
39 E. Quincy St.
Riverside, IL 60546
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.quincystreetdistillery.com/tours/
CHICAGO BEARS V GREEN BAY PACKERS
September 28, 2014
Watch the Chicago Bears play the Green Bay Packers live at Soldier Field!
Chicago, IL 60605
Start at $106
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.chicagobears.com/tickets-and-stadium/single-game-tickets.html
September 27, 2014
Hoy hosts Fiesta Familiar – the largest Hispanic family event of its kind in the Midwest. Fiesta Familiar brings the very best family entertainment and interactive pavilions with hands-on activities at Lincoln Park Zoo. Enjoy projects in the fields of art, health, gardening, science and music for the whole family.
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Lincoln Park Zoo
Cannon Drive at Fullerton Parkway
Chicago, IL 60614
FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.lpzoo.org/events/calendar/fiesta-familiar
Thanks to Choose Chicago for the events! These are just some of my personal picks.