Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Chicago Gourmet

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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Chicago Gourmet is one of the best annual events in the city – especially for food and wine lovers. Chicago Gourmet showcases more than 190 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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Held in iconic Millennium Park, guests enjoy live cooking demonstrations, expert seminars, tastings, book signings, and more.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet

During Chicago Gourmet, Millennium Park is broken down into a series of tents and pavilions which houses all of the activity.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet

The stages host cooking demonstrations and seminars, and the food is located in tents around the perimeter of the park, and are divided into categories such as the Mexico Tasting Pavilion, Big Green Egg Tasting Pavilion, Italian Invasion Tasting Pavilion, and the Dessert Tasting Pavilion.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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In the middle of the park are the wine and spirits, with this year’s offerings coming from Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Silver Oak, Chopin Vodka, Crafthouse Cocktails, and more.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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Chicago Gourmet kicked off with a Champagne toast and a welcome by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association, Sam Toia, in addition to celebrity chefs Rick Bayless, Emeril Lagasse, Carlos Gaytan, and others.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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Favorite bites were from the Supreme Lobster & Seafood Tasting Pavilion, as well as the Four Corners Tavern Group. Why no one has ever thought of waffled cheese with marinara sauce is beyond me, but I am so glad that I made up for lost time by consuming tons of them!

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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The weather was perfect and everyone in the crowd was convivial, even while sometimes waiting in long line at food tents.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet

The amount of tastings, seminars, and demos can be overwhelming, so planning in advance is highly encouraged in order to take advantage of all of the offerings.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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Chicago Gourmet is a great event to attend with a group of friends, or even by yourself. Trust me, you will make a lot of friends by the end of the day after wining and dining with them!

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

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The location in Millennium Park with the gorgeous views of the city skyline, and the amount of tastings offered make the ticket price well worth it.

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet

Did you attend Chicago Gourmet? What were some of your favorites?

Millennium Park, Food, Wine

Photo: Chritiques at Chicago Gourmet

Chicago Gourmet

Tastefully,

Christina

While I attended on a media pass, all opinions expressed herein are my own.