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Full Schedule Revealed for Bon Appétit Presents Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet

Ready to step into culinary heaven? Well Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet has what you're looking for, and this year boasts the event's biggest lineup yet of food, wine, cocktails, celebrity chefs, cooking demos, seminars and more.

Sound appetizing yet?

A Trio of Rooftop Bars in River North


What is that fascinates humans about being sipping a cocktail, talking with friends, and looking down at the urban landscape below? It's hard to quantify, but these three rooftop bars are excellent places to capture this feeling before the leaves fall and we must look around for our jackets and other outwear items.

Chicago's Top Sandwiches to Round Out National Sandwich Month

Matt Kirouac

In Chicago, you can't swing a lunchbox without hitting a sandwich counter. Chicago is filled with sandwiches of all sorts, from local sensations like the Italian beef to international staples and hybrids in between. In honor of National Sandwich Month (hint: August), here's a list of some of the city's most superb sandwiches.

A Culinary Celebration of Chicago and Beyond: Chicago Gourmet is Coming!

Chicago Gourmet

Fall means many things in Chicago: the rustle of leaves, a focus on fall harvests, and a new crop of college students. It's also time to celebrate the wide and wonderful world of culinary creation that exists at our doorstep and beyond.

We are fortunate to have Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet back again at Millennium Park for the seventh year and this fine fete stretches gloriously from September 27-28.

Celebrate National Sandwich Month the Sweet Way

Black Dog Gelato

Even if the weather isn't exactly humid, August is still the "dog days of summer" and an apt time to consume ice cream sandwiches in excessive amounts, a notion especially apropos considering August is National Sandwich Month. Here are some of Chicago's best.

A Trifecta of Perfection - Celebrate the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration This Weekend

Beer Brewing

Come to Union Station this Saturday August 23rd for the Bacon, Beer & Sports Celebration. Need I say more? Seriously, do I?

Although chances are most readers just cleared their Saturday schedules and closed out of this window, I'll go on to explain a little more about Bacon, Beer, & Sports for those of you who are still with me.

Weekend Alert: August 22-24

Chicago Dancing Festival

Chicago, we may be in the dog days of summer, but don't let that you miss out on some really special events this weekend. Food, drinks and live entertainment abound. Get your culture on with the Chicago Dancing Festival, or get rowdy at the Bacon, Sports & Beer Celebration. The choice, as always, is entirely yours.

A Chat with the World's Best Bartender, Chicago's Charles Joly

Matt Kirouac

Chicago can now proudly lay claim to the world's best bartender. Charles Joly of The Aviary just took home the title from the Diageo World Class, an esteemed cocktail competition that culminated in London. Naturally, I wanted to know what it's like competing on an international scale, what it's like working at The Aviary, and how he got into the bottled cocktail game. 

Catch the Excitement at Chicago Sports Museum and the New Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place

7th Inning Stretch

Few cities have sports history as rich as Chicago. From iconic athletes to an inimitable championship pedigree, Chicago sports success runs deep.

To honor Chicago sports' legacy and keep the good times rolling for years to come, visitors need to make a journey to the Chicago Sports Museum and new Harry Caray's 7th Inning Stretch in Water Tower Place.

There Will Be Bao at the 2nd Annual Wow Bao Eating Contest

Wow Bao

Calling all competitive eaters and lovers of unbridled gluttony: are you ready to chow some bao?

We're talking Wow Bao, of course, the Chicago eatery specializing in delicious baozi dumplings, potstickers, and other Asian cuisine with a modern twist. Wow Bao will be hosting its second annual Eating Contest, August 18-22, with bragging rights and free bao for a year up for grabs. Should be a doozy.

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