(Credit: Chicago Gourmet's facebook)

(Credit: Chicago Gourmet’s facebook)

By Lauren Wulf

Chicago Gourmet Festival
September 27-29, 2013
Millennium Park

Chicago Gourmet is an annual festival devoted to the best of our city’s food and wine community. Guests can enjoy Chicago’s finest restaurants, chefs, wine, spirit makers and breweries. Located in Millennium Park, this weekend long fest is packed with something for every foodie in town.

(Credit: Chicago Gourmet's facebook)

(Credit: Chicago Gourmet’s facebook)


Chicago Gourmet is presented by title sponsor Bon Appétit magazine, in conjunction with the Illinois Restaurant Association and Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois. See live cooking demonstrations, gourmet seminars, book signings, tastings and get the opportunity to try the best food in the city.

In addition to the festival, guests can enjoy the Hamburger Hop, an exclusive Grand Cru wine tasting and events beyond Millennium Park at some of the area’s best restaurants.

Too see a list of participating chefs, restaurants, vendors and more, visit www.illinoisrestaurants.org.

(Credit: Chicago Gourmet's facebook)

(Credit: Chicago Gourmet’s facebook)

Hamburger Hop

Chicago Gourmet 2013 will kick-off on Friday, September 27, with the Hamburger Hop, burger showdown.

Join top area chefs as they do 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 guests crown the People’s Choice.

When: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 6:00-9:00 pm
Where: Harris Theater Rooftop

Tickets for the Hamburger Hop are $115 per person and are on sale now.

Hamburger Hop/Late Night Gourmet ticket packages are $150 per person.

Late Night Gourmet

New in 2013, CS Magazine will host Late Night Gourmet, the official after-party of Friday’s Hamburger Hop. This fun and festive new event will cap off the evening with music from one of Chicago’s hottest DJs, late night bites, tasty libations, and revelry with Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and other tastemakers.

When: Friday, September 27, 2013
Time: 9:00 pm-12:00 am
Where: Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel, Atlantic Ballroom, 221 North Columbus Drive, Chicago

Tickets for Late Night Gourmet are $50 per person and are on sale now.
Hamburger Hop/Late Night Gourmet ticket packages are $150 per person.

Grand Cru

As a special event within Chicago Gourmet, the Grand Cru offers participants exclusive tastings of some of the finest wines in the world. Each Grand Cru event is a chance to learn and enjoy tastings with some of Chicago’s top sommeliers, and winery representatives who will be on hand to present and discuss the selections.

The Grand Cru will be held on both Saturday and Sunday. As a special event, the Grand Cru is separately ticketed and a same day Main Event ticket must also be purchased in addition to purchasing a Grand Cru ticket.

When: Saturday, September 28, 2013 and Sunday, September 29, 2013
Time: 2:00-4:00 pm


One day passes start at $173.31. Weekend passes as well as add-ons for Grand Cru, Hamburger Hop and the Late Night Gourmet Package are also available. Tickets are selling out fast!

To purchase tickets, visit www.eventbrite.com.

Lauren Wulf, CBS Chicago

Lauren Wulf writes about living in Chicago on a budget on her website, A Poor Girl’s Guide Chicago.