Chicago Food & Drink Events

July 2019

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 July is jam-packed with all sorts of fun events, from the 39th annual Taste of Chicago to a farmer’s market chef-driven BBQ to rosé tastings on a boat cruise. Here’s a preview of just a few of Chicago’s upcoming food and drink events.

Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago

Wednesday, July 10 – Sunday, July 14

Now in its 39th year, the Taste of Chicago is bringing over 82 local restaurant vendors to Grant Park this July. The Taste is the world’s largest free-admission food festival, with multiple stages of free live music to boot. Purchase tickets to try bites from classic Chicago institutions, food trucks, international restaurants, and more. Learn more and get a head start on what to eat at the fest.

Windy City Smokeout

Windy City Smokeout

Friday, July 12 – Sunday July 14

If you like beer, barbecue, and country music then you won’t want to miss the annual Windy City Smokeout. Over twenty pitmasters from around the country will be dishing out their finger-lickin’ barbecue  in the United Center parking lot all weekend. Pair your meal with some craft beer and live music from country stars, like Chris Young, Old Dominion, and Cole Swindell. Tickets start at $40 for a full-day pass.

Roscoe Village Burger Fest

Burgers on the grill

July 13 – 14

Bring your appetite to this beloved neighborhood fest. Sample burgers from more than a dozen Chicago restaurants, including local favorites like Billy Goat Tavern, bopNgrill, and Butcher & the Burger. Cast your vote for the best burger, then enjoy two stages of non-stop music, a fun-filled kids zone, and more. Learn more about Burger Fest.

Green City Market Chef BBQ

Green City Market BBQPhoto credit: Edible Chicago, Tess Graham 

Thursday, July 18

One of the most anticipated food events of the summer, the Green City Market Chef BBQ brings together over 100 Chicago restaurants in the heart of Lincoln Park. Guests can visit various booths and taste local food and drink from chefs, winemakers, brewers, and mixologists all utilizing ingredients from the farmers market. General admission tickets start at $125 and include unlimited food and beverage from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Learn more and grab your ticket.

Chicago Craft Beer + Pizza Festival

Beer Pouring

Saturday, July 20 Sunday, July 21

For the eighth year in a row, Lakeview is celebrating one of the best combos out there: beer and pizza. Head to Lincoln Avenue between Addison and Roscoe to enjoy samples of over 70 specialty beers from 35 local and regional breweries and slices from Bacci Pizza, Paulina Market, Gusi’s Pizza, and more. Tickets start at $40.

Milk Bar pop-up at Big Star

Milk bar truck

Saturday, July 20 – Sunday, July 21

Milk Bar, New York’s award-winning dessert chain spearheaded by Chef Christina Tosi, is coming to Chicago for one weekend only. The pop-up will set up shop at taco hot spot Big Star in Wicker Park from 12 – 5 p.m. Guests can enjoy Milk Bar’s signature items, like compost cookies, crack pie, cereal milk soft serve, and more. Learn more.

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Summer Wine Fest at Lincoln Park Zoo

Friday, July 26

Explore one of the country’s oldest zoos after hours, while sipping on a selection of 35 different wines. Tickets to Lincoln Park Zoo’s annual Summer Wine Fest include 20 tastings from leading winemakers, a souvenir glass, a guided garden tour, and live music. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets start at $49, VIP tickets include a rooftop reception, private seating, exclusive wines and more for $79. Get your tickets here.

Lincoln Square Greek Fest

Lincoln Park Greek Fest

Saturday, July 26 – Sunday, July 28

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Lincoln Square’s Greek extravaganza. Expect music, dancing, kids’ activities and rides, arts and crafts vendors, and plenty of traditional Greek food (like gyros, calamari, saganaki, grilled octopus, loukoumades, baklava, and beyond). A donation of $5 is request for admission. Learn more about Greek Fest.

Chicago Margarita Festival

Saturday, July 27 – Sunday, July 28

Chicago’s Margarita Festival returns to Navy Pier for a weekend full of live music and flavorful margaritas. A general admission ticket is $20 and includes entrance to the festival and a margarita tasting, live music, and dancing. Guests can choose from two sessions on Saturday — an afternoon or evening— and one afternoon session on Sunday. Learn more about the festival and purchase your tickets.

Savor at Sunset

The Lakefront Restaurant at Theater on the Lake

July 30

In honor of its upcoming restaurant awards, Chicago’s Modern Luxury magazine will be hosting Savor at Sunset to celebrate some of the city’s most distinguished chefs and restaurateurs. Guests will enjoy food from local chefs, fancy cocktails, live music, and more at a stunning waterfront venue. Early bird tickets start at $35. Purchase your tickets here.

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