Harris Theater Rooftop • Millennium Park 

Welcome to Chicago Gourmet, one of the country’s most distinguished food festivals. Each year, Chicago Gourmet celebrates the city’s diverse dining scene with a dynamic line-up of culinary events that the city’s top chefs, food, and drinks.

The upscale food festival hosts a series of exciting events, including both fan favorites and new additions, on the Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park and at unique culinary venues throughout the city.

Tacos & Tequila

Kick off the festival weekend with this showcase of gourmet tacos and agave spirits, hosted by celebrity chef Rick Bayless, featuring experts in authentic Mexican cuisine. The evening includes premium tequilas and mezcals, a DJ, mariachi, and more.

Somm Sessions

Try your hand at being a wine critic during this afternoon of friendly competition. At Somm Sessions, guests can enjoy a delicious meal of Greek-inspired cuisine, plus wine pairings — with a twist. During each course, two of Chicago’s top sommeliers will go head-to-head with their best wine pairings. There will be plenty of food, wine, and music all under one roof at Lyra, one of the West Loop’s newest restaurants.

Hamburger Hop

The highly anticipated Hamburger Hop is a perennial fan favorite. An array of local chefs will serve their best burgers atop the Harris Theater Rooftop, hosted by chef Stephanie Izard. This year’s contestants included local legends like Soul & Smoke, Mikkey’s Retro Grill, Frontier, Adorn, Epic Burger, and more.

Guests will be able to enjoy burger tastings alongside beer and wine, then cast their vote for their favorite. Two winners are crowned — judge’s favorite and people’s choice.

Late Nite Gourmet

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Head to late-night hotspot TAO Chicago for the official Hamburger Hop after party, with late night bites, specialty cocktails, music, and dancing.

Grand Cru

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The exclusive Grand Cru event is back and bigger than ever. This elevated tasting experience features the nation’s leading wine experts, top mixologists, and acclaimed chefs at the Harris Theater rooftop for a truly unforgettable experience.

Guests will be able to sample the world’s finest wines and award-winning cuisine at two different sessions, including some of the city’s most well-known chefs from restaurants like Wherewithall, Rose Mary, Girl & The Goat, Gibsons, Wood, Bistronimic, and so much more.

Prost! in the Park

This new addition to Chicago Gourmet offers a Sünday Fünday with a foodie twist. In the tradition of classic German festivals, Prost! in the Park will feature an afternoon of Oktoberfest-style brews, bites, and boozy beverages.