First Bites Bash

Thursday, January 29, 2015
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Great Hall at Union Station
500 W. Jackson St.

First Bites Bash is the official kick-off event for Chicago Restaurant Week, produced by Choose Chicago. Join us inside the magnificent Great Hall at Chicago Union Station, where you will enjoy savory and sweet tastings from over 50 of Chicago's most celebrated chefs and restaurants. Restaurateur & master sommelier, Alpana Singh will host this year's event, from which a portion of the proceeds will benefit Inspiration Corporation.

Admission: $125

** Tickets on sale early December 2014 **


Sample and sip your way through a night of delicious tastings. All chefs and restaurants are Chicago Restaurant Week participants and will be showcasing a select dish from their special menu. An array of beer, wine and cocktail pairings from Goose Island Beer Co, Terlato Wines International and several spirit partners round out the offerings.

Additional restaurants to be announced but see the partial list for the 2015 event below and check back in mid-January to get a sneak peek of the full menu.

Acanto Local Root
Ada Street Mariano's
Artango Bistro Mercadito Fish
Bistronomic mon ami gabi
Bistrot Zinc Moto Restaurant
Boarding House Odyssey Cruises
Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba! Orso's Restaurant
Carnivale Parrot Cage Restaurant
Celeste Porkchop
Chuck's: A Kerry Simon Kitchen Quartino Ristorante & Wine Bar
Coppervine Roka Akor Chicago
Devon Seafood Grill Roy's Restaurant
el barco Shaw's Crab House
Eli's Cheesecake Bakery Cafe South Water Kitchen
EPIC Restaurant State and Lake Chicago Tavern
Farmhouse Tavern Summer House Santa Monica
Frontier Table 52
Fulton Market Kitchen Tapas Valencia
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse Tavern on Rush
Howells & Hood Tesori
Hub 51 The Berghoff
Hugo's Frog Bar & Fish House The Signature Room at the 95th
Jellyfish two restaurant and bar
Kinzie Chophouse Wicker Park Sushi
La Madia Wildfire
Local Root ZED451
CH Distillery
Crafthouse Cocktails
Few Spirits
Goose Island Beer Co.
Terlato Wines International


  • All ticket sales are final. 

  • Must be 21 years or older with valid photo identification to be admitted to First Bites Bash.

  • Doors at Union Station will open at 5:30 pm – PLEASE NOTE that guests must use the Jackson Street entrance.

  • Bring a printed ticket or have your mobile ticket ready to scan at the door.

  • Parking: Entrance to the self-park parking garage is located on S. Canal St. between Van Buren & Jackson on the west side of the street. For a map and driving directions, click here.

  • Business or cocktail party attire is suggested.

  • Complimentary coat check is located upon entering Jackson St. entrance, with a second location at the bottom of the stairs after check-in.

  • All food and beverage items will be tasting portions.

After First Bites Bash, the culinary celebration continues! The 8th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week gets underway the very next night and runs from January 30 to February 12, 2015. The 14-day dining event highlights multiple course menus at over 250 restaurants across the city. Learn more at
Restaurant Week Sponsors

Alpana Singh

Host, First Bites Bash 2015
Restaurateur and master sommelier Alpana Singh served as the host of the Emmy Award-winning restaurant review television show, Check, Please! for ten seasons on Chicago’s PBS station. During this time, Singh was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award, and moved into a corporate position as the director of wine and spirits for Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises. After more than a decade with the company, Singh opened The Boarding House, a wine-driven concept in the River North neighborhood in December 2012.


In an atmosphere of dignity and respect, Inspiration Corporation helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing.
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