Chicago is a foodie’s dream. Each month, there’s a new batch of food and drink events that offer a taste of the city’s scorching-hot culinary scene. This February, sip local brews in a historic venue at a coffee and beer festival, celebrate Mardi Gras with world-renowned cocktails, dig into an authentic pasta feast and so much more. Here’s a preview of just a few of upcoming food events in Chicago this month.
Chicago Restaurant Week
Through Feb. 9
Chicago Restaurant Week, presented by Choose Chicago, is one of the best times of year for food lovers in the city. With over 430 restaurants offering special pre-fixe lunch and dinner menus, there’s no better time to test the culinary waters across Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The multi-course meal offerings are available for brunch and lunch ($24) and dinner ($36 and/or $48), excluding tax, gratuity and beverages.
Chicago Black Restaurant Week
Feb. 9 – 16
For the fifth year,will celebrate the city’s black-owned eateries with a week’s worth of incredible eats. This year’s event will showcase more than 20 restaurants throughout the city, including Surf’s Up South Shore, Windy City Ribs, Urban Grill, The Bureau Bar and Restaurant, and more.
Italian pasta celebration at Tortello
Sunday, Feb. 9
Wicker Park’s latest Italian newcomer, Tortello, is hosting one of Italy’s beloved traditions, Sagra Di Tortello. Alongside guest chef Jason Hammel from Lula Cafe, the Tortello team will highlight the heart and soul of Italian cooking by offering guests rustic culinary specialities, including homemade spaghetti served in a wheel of parmigiano reggiano. The $80 ticket includes a variety of food offerings, drinks, live music, and more.
Cider Summit at Navy Pier
Saturday, Feb. 22
The 8th annual Cider Summit Chicago returns to Navy Pier in Chicago for a cider festival like no other. With over 200 ciders, cider cocktails, and apple spirits, this event is a must-attend for any cider lovers throughout Chicago. General admission tickets start at $40 and include 16 tasting tickets, with additional available for purchase. There are two different sessions throughout the day, so grab tickets while they’re available.
Uppers & Downers beer and coffee festival
Sunday, Feb. 23
If you’re a fan of coffee, beer and cocktails, you won’t want to miss one of the city’s premiere beer tasting events: Uppers & Downers. This unique beer festival will include two different sessions (11 a.m. – 3 p.m and 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.) in Pilsen at Thalia Hall. The $65 ticket includes a tasting variety of experiential coffee-focused beers, coffee drinks, coffee-infused cocktails, snacks and more. Snag your ticket fast, this beer event sells out quick!
Dessert Making Class at BomboBar
Sunday, Feb. 23
Former Top Chef contestant and owner of Instagram-famous BomboBar, Fabio Viviani, will be showcasing a one-of-a-kind dessert class at BomboBar in Old Town. Guests can enjoy coffee and mimosas while learning Fabio’s best tips and tricks for perfecting his beloved Bomboloni doughnuts. The $39 ticket also includes a custom BomboBar drink favorite, Hotter Chocolate.
Mardi Gras at the Aviary
Tuesday, Feb. 25
For those looking to go all-in on a Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday celebration, look no further than The Aviary in the West Loop. The intimate and redefined cocktail bar will be offering a three-course interpretation of classic New Orleans cocktails with food pairings to match. Tickets for thestart at $95.
Vegan Feast at Sunda
Wednesday, Feb. 26
River North’s Southeast Asian hot spot Sunda is known for delectable and shareable dishes, including a variety of vegetarian and vegan items. Enjoy a communal dining experience with a four-course vegan menu, including beet & walnut sushi, burmese tea salad, malayasian-style tofu with coconut rice and more. Tickets are $45.