Chicago Gourmet, presented by Bon Appetit and put on by the Illinois Restaurant Association, is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 150 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers, and premium breweries from around the world. The event is taking place September 26-28th in Millennium Park where attendees can watch live cooking demonstrations, tastings, and meet & greets with world class master chefs, sommeliers, and winemakers.
This is a must attend event for any foodie! One of the most exciting events to kick off the weekend is the annual Hamburger Hop. Top local chefs will battle in a burger competition while guests
enjoy tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guest’s crown the People’s Choice. In 2010 chef Kevin Hickey won the People’s Choice with a bison burger topped with candied bacon, truffle cheese, and lobster/ketchup/mayo sauce! The Hamburger Hop takes place Friday Sept 26th from 6-9pm at the Harris theater Rooftop.
To keep the party going after hours there is also the Late Night Gourmet to cap off the night with tasty drinks, hot music, and revelry with your favorite gourmet chefs!
All Chicago Gourmet events are ticketed and can be purchased on their website.
If you are looking to come to downtown for Chicago Gourmet and still need a place to stay,especially after a late night at the Hamburger Hop Late Night Gourmet, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is offering discounted rooms for just $179 Friday when you book through this link.
You’re more than welcome at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, 2233 South Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60616; +1 312 567 1234