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CHICAGO GOURMET 

Sept. 27 – 29, 2019

Welcome to the city's premier fine dining food festival. Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appétit magazine, brings world-renowned chefs and sommeliers to Chicago each fall for a weekend of the best eats and drinks the city has to offer.

All weekend long, guests will gather at Millennium Park, Harris Theater, and the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel for celebrity chefs headline cooking demos, wine master classes, and mixology seminars and an astounding line up of delicious food, wine, spirits, and beer tastings.

Chicago Gourmet at Millennium Park

Here's a taste of the 2019 schedule:

The main event: GRAND TASTING

Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
Saturday 12  – 6 p.m., Sunday 12 – 5 p.m.
Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.

The main event of the weekend, the Grand Tasting is a culinary tour de force. Taste your way through some of the city's top restaurants, serving up samples from their tents under the stunning Pritzker Pavilion. Watch your favorite celeb chef give a demo and take questions from the crowd, then head to a master class to brush up on your culinary knowledge. And don't miss the drink tents offering wine, beer, and spirits tastings.

Rick Bayless of Frontera Grill, Topolobambo, and more
Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde
Stephanie Izard of Girl & the Goat, Duck Duck Goat, and more
Joe Flamm and Tony Mantuano of Spiaggia
Abe Conlon of Fat Rice
CJ Jacobson of Aba
And so much more.

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GRAND CRU

Saturday, Sept. 28 and Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019
2 – 4 p.m.
Harris Theatre Rooftop, 205 E. Randolph St.

Sample expertly curated, elite wines from around the world. In addition to the Grand Cru ticket, attendees must have a Chicago Gourmet Main Event ticket to access to the exclusive tasting.

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Chicago Gourmet Encore Events

Leading up to the festival weekend, Encore Events celebrate food and entertainment with show-stopping events throughout the city. These events require separate tickets; tickets to the Chicago Gourmet Main Event are not required for purchase.

Raise your Glass to Freedom: A Hamilton Exclusive

Tuesday, Sept. 24
6 – 10:30 p.m.
CIBC Theatre, 18 W. Monroe St.

This VIP evening is a truly unique Hamilton experience. Enjoy a cocktail reception and small bites from host chef Rick Bayless, premier seating for the show, and an exclusive question-and-answer session with a cast member. Get your tickets.

“Take the Gun, Leave the Cannoli”: Italian Feast on the Odyssey Chicago River

Wednesday, Sept. 25
7 – 10 p.m.
Odyssey Chicago River, 455 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive

Enjoy an Italian feast, prepared by some of Chicago's most acclaimed Italian chefs, as you cruise through Chicago's scenic downtown aboard the Odyssey Chicago River. Get your tickets.

Jef Comedy Jam at Theater on the Lake

Thursday, Sept. 26
6 – 9 p.m.
Theater on the Lake, 2401 N Lake Shore Drive

This event will include flavorful fare from Jeff Mauro of Pork & Mindy's and other local chefs, plus a big side of laughs from some of Chicago’s most well-known comedians. Get your tickets.

HAMBURGER HOP

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
6 – 9 p.m.
Harris Theatre Rooftop, 205 E. Randolph St.

The popular Hamburger Hop serves up gourmet burgers along with Blue Moon brews, Josh wines, fine spirits and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines Chicago's Best Burger award, while guests crown the People's Choice. Get your tickets.

Plates of sliders at Chicago Gourmet

LATE NIGHT GOURMET 

Friday, Sept. 27, 2019
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Dance Studio VOL. 1, 56 W. Hubbard St.

The official Hamburger Hop after-party draws guests in to enjoy a night of mixing and mingling with Chicago's hottest tastemakers, influencers, and chefs. Get your tickets.

The Big Chill(i): Gourmet Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, Sept. 28
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Harris Theater Rooftop, 205 E. Randolph St.

Head to the Harris Theater Rooftop for a superstar-studded chili competition that pits eight local chefs against one another for the title of Chicago's best chili. Taste their creations and decide for yourself. Get your tickets.

Battle of the Masters at Swift & Sons

Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
8 – 11 p.m.
Swift & Sons, 1000 W. Fulton Market

Master sommeliers will compete throughout the meal to perfectly pair each course with a wine and a song. A fan favorite will be crowned at the end of the evening. Get your tickets.

RISE & SHINE GOURMET

Sunday, Sept. 30, 2019
8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. sessions
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel, 12 S. Michigan Ave.

Yoga, morning cocktails, and brunch bites prepared by some of Chicago's leading chefs — there's really no better way to start the day. Get your tickets.

For all the latest news and schedule updates, and to purchase tickets to all the festival events, visit chicagogourmet.org.

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