Preview: Chicago Food + Wine Festival

Tap into your inner foodie at the first-ever Chicago Food + Wine Fest

Come late August, some of the city’s — and country’s — best chefs will gather for the inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival. Following the success of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and South Beach Wine & Food Festival, the Chicago installment, put on through a partnership between Food & Wine magazine, chef Tim Love and Charlie Jones of C3 Presents (which produces Lollapalooza) brings a host of great food, drinks and conversation to Lincoln Park Aug. 29th-30th.

So what will go down? Nearly 100 food, wine, beer and spirits purveyors will set up in the park for a series of tastings with blue chip chefs like Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless, Jimmy Bannos Sr. and Jr., Ludo Lefebvre, Graham Elliot, Jonathan Waxman, Erling Wu-Bower, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, Jared Van Camp, Tony Mantuano, Chris Pandel, Sarah Grueneberg, Giuseppe Tentori and Mindy Segal. More than 30 cooking demos, various book signing and the chance to mingle with chefs and sommeliers will also take place.

Tickets aren’t inexpensive, but you can check in at different levels:

  • All-in Ticket = $550 = every event during the weekend, including the Grand Tasting, all demos, discussions, book signings, the Toast & Taste dinner in Grant Park and the Last Call party in a currently undisclosed location.
  • Saturday or Sunday Single Event Tickets = $175 = All the Grand Taste programming in Lincoln Park on either day.
  • Toast & Taste = $225 = Sample dishes from 16 chefs at an exclusive event in Grant Park with live music.
  • Last Call = $75 = Enjoy late-night drinks and dessert from select chefs at an undisclosed location.

Get more information and tickets now at the Chicago Food + Wine Festival site.

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