Your Guide to Chicago Food & Drink Events

April 2018

Chicago is a scorching hot spot for the culinary-inclined, food-obsessed, drinks-loving restaurant super fan. If this describes you in a nutshell, you’ll kick yourself for missing these upcoming Chicago food and drink events. 

Grab your family and friends and make your reservations now!

April 6
Polyjuice Potion Re-Release

Central State Brewing of Indianapolis are re-releasing Polyjuice Potion, a sour ale with elderberries, plums, and Hogwarts-worthy secret ingredients. Emporium Pop-Ups, 2367 N Milwaukee Ave​.

April 6-7
BaconFest Chicago

Baconfest Chicago


This festival combines top Chicago chefs with hundreds of bacon dishes. If crispy, salty, meaty goodness is your thing, you won't want to miss it. Baconfest is a fun-filled, walk-around tasting event. UIC Forum

April 9
West Loop Shakedown

West Loop Shakedown@ West Loop Shakedown

The West Loop Shakedown cocktail competition celebrates its fourth year, with East Meets West Loop, bringing together some of the best beverage slingers in the ‘hood for a night of friendly competition featuring Japanese Whisky. At the competition, bartenders from hotspots including Momotaro, Gideon Sweet, and Bad Hunter will create an original cocktail using Toki Suntory Whisky™ to showcase during the competition. Tickets are $30-$35 per person. Nellcote (833 W. Randolph Street), 6 – 9 pm

April 15
Say Cheese Fest Chicago

Cheese pizzaPhoto: Eaters Collective

Presented by Social Power Hour, this event highlights restaurants and retailers that serve the cheesiest dishes and products. Pizza, cheesy ravioli, grilled cheeses, mac n' cheese. You name it, it's there. General admission tickets receive tastes from numerous cheese vendors and five sponsored drink tickets for either the morning (11am-1pm) or afternoon (1pm-3pm) session. The event benefits Social Power Hour's charity partner, Fight2Feed. Concord Fifty-Five, 1355 W Concord Pl.

April 17
"Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces" Book Launch Party

Belly Q

Cornerstone Restaurant Group is thrilled to celebrate Chef Bill Kim’s debut cookbook, "Korean BBQ: Master Your Grill in Seven Sauces," with a party in Kim’s signature bellyQ style. From 6-9 pm, bellyQ will be transformed into an interactive hub of motion and music, smoke and street food. Guests will be able to watch as chef and graffiti artist Won Kim of Kimski creates a live mural installation in the bar area that will become a permanent art piece for the restaurant. Six guest chefs, all alumni of Kim’s restaurants, will head grill stations fashioned after food stalls, with each chef taking on a recipe from the book. A create-your-own-highball station rounds out the bill. Tickets are $50 and include food, a signed copy of the book and a Suntory Toki drink. bellyQ,1400 W. Randolph St.

Four Square Rum's Master Distiller Presents The Rum Of Barbados

April 17
Three Dots and a Dash Rum Tasting

From 6-7:30pm, tiki bar Three Dots and a Dash will host Richard Seale as he leads guests through a guided Four Square Rum tasting, with cocktails and signature Three Dots appetizers. The event is priced at $30. more details here coming very soon. 435 N Clark St.

April 19
Chicago Cocktail Social


Photo: Adam Jaime

Green Curtain Events presents the 5th Annual Chicago Cocktail Social, featuring bartenders from some of Chicago’s best loved and respected beverage programs. Guests get up close and personal with talented mixologists as they create and prepare craft cocktails. Galleria Marchetti, 825 W. Erie St.

April 21
Brunch Bites

From 10am - 2pm, guests enjoy brunch food and drink tastes as they explore the River North brunch scene, visiting each restaurant in whatever order they choose. Check out the list of participating restaurants and what they're serving. Early bird tickets are $40, day-of tickets are $50. Various locations

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