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Do you consider yourself a foodie with more of a refined palette? Then Chicago Gourmet 2012 is the perfect Chicago event for you!

According to its website, “Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is a celebration of food and wine showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.”

Hosted in Millennium Park, September 28-30, guests can enjoy two days filled with cooking seminars and demonstrations from internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers and wine makers; book signings; and best yet—a chance to sample hundreds of delicious gourmet creations, wines and other spirits.

The fun doesn’t end there. Chicago Gourmet will kick off Friday with the Hamburger Hop—a fun (and mouthwatering) showdown where top Chicago chefs battle in a friendly competition to create the city’s best burger. And on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Cru will offer participating guests exclusive wine tastings of some of the finest wines in the world.

Hungry? We are, too. Reserve your spot and purchase your tickets for Chicago Gourmet 2012 today!

And since we’re only minutes away from Millennium Park, book your stay with Broughton Hotels of Chicago – City Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel!


Chicago doesn’t have shortage on its summer street festivals, but the Taste of Lincoln Avenue (July 28-29) is one you do not want to miss.

This event takes place in the heart of the Lincoln Park neighborhood—home to many of Chicago’s oldest and most favored restaurants.

What once began as a small neighborhood fund raiser, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is celebrating its 29th year and is one of the largest neighborhood festivals in the city. Six city blocks are covered with 300 food vendors, arts & crafts vendors, kids activities and 40-plus music acts that showcase a wide spectrum of genres including pop/rock, local tribute bands, down home blues, country and more!

The Taste of Lincoln Avenue is family fun for all. When your start to feel full, take a short break from the food and check out the festival’s other features:

– Kids’ Carnival: It’s very popular and free! From noon-6:00 p.m. each day, kids can enjoy kid-friendly entertainment acts, inflatables, art & craft activities, a petting zoo, pony rides and more!
– Lill Street Craft Fair: Taking place on, where else, Lill Street, this stand-alone craft fair showcases handmade and DIY art from noon to dusk each day.

And since all of our hotels in the neighborhood, or really close by, book a room with Broughton Hotels of ChicagoCity Suites Hotel, The Majestic Hotel or The Willows Hotel – today!

Calling all foodies! Your favorite Chicago summer event is here again—the annual Taste of Chicago!

Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park has been host to the world’s largest outdoor food festival, with upwards of 3 million visitors attending the event every year!

From July 11-15, visitors and locals alike can choose from a wide variety of the Windy City’s most popular cuisines, featuring 70-plus local restaurants and more than 300 menu items. Each vendor will be serving six items, two of which are special “Taste of” sample-size portions, so there will be something to please everyone—even the pickiest eater.

Need to take a breather in between sampling dishes? There will be live music (featuring headliners: Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab for Cutie, Roshon Fegan, Chaka Khan and Dierks Bentley), and fun family activities, too!

While admission is free, food and drinks are purchased through tickets sold at the Taste of Chicago (strips of 12 for $8).

This is an event not to miss! With tons of food and great music in the country’s most beautiful city, how could you not have a great time?

This Sunday, May 13, is Mother’s Day. Besides her birthday, this is the one day where your mom wants to be as far away from the kitchen as possible. Are you a disaster in the kitchen? Let the executive chefs take care of that, and say “Thank you!” to the mother in your life by taking her to brunch in the city. Here are some ideas for a brunch she will remember. And don’t forget to make those reservations!

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Brookfield Zoo

Sunday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. or 1:30 a.m.

This is not like your average restaurant. Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat brunch in the Discovery Center, featuring cooked to order eggs, an omelet station, a chef’s carving station, a sweet table and much more. After brunch, take a stroll through the zoo with mom to see some of her favorite animals!

Fondue and Massages at Geja’s Café

Sunday, May 13 – Starting at Noon

Let your mom indulge—after all, this is her day. Known for their romantic fondue dining, Geja’s Café features over 20 combinations of fondue entrees (from traditional cheese to flaming chocolate desserts) and an extensive wine list. While she enjoys her chocolate fondue and flute of champagne, your mom will also be treated to a complimentary five-minute massage by licensed massage therapists from Lincoln Park Massage Spa. Talk about being pampered!

Mother’s Day Brunch at The Gage

Sunday, May 13 – 10 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Treating mom to a day of shopping and sightseeing along Michigan Avenue can really work up an appetite. Make a reservation at The Gage and enjoy upscale, comfort food, featuring Executive Chef Dirk Flanigan’s Lobster Benedict and Flageolet Bean Puree.

Lunch and Dinner at Michael Jordan’s Steak House

Sunday, May 13 – 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Is your mom more laid-back? Not much of a brunch gal? Treat her to a meal at Michael Jordan’s Steak House! Along with offering its full a la carte menu, the restaurant will also offer Executive Chef James O’Donnell’s Mother’s Day Special: Roasted Filet Mignon with Butter Poached Maine Lobster, Carrot Puree and Pea Shoots. In addition, moms can unwind over a specialty priced Blood Orange or Guava mimosa and enjoy a complimentary sweet treat from the pastry chef to finish off the meal!

Mother love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.  -Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Come celebrate Chicago’s largest fiesta with tons food and fun at the Cinco De Mayo Parade on Sunday, May 6! Kicking off at noon, guests can enjoy two fun-filled hours of marching bands, Chicago-area organizations, politicians and Mexican dancers.

Taking place in the heart of the city’s Pilsen neighborhood, the parade is the main attraction of a three-day celebration that kicks off May 4, with more than 110,000 people in attendance every year. The festivities will continue in Douglas Park with live music, food vendors, dancing, carnival rides and games.

The Cinco De Mayo Parade is held every year to commemorate the victory the Mexican forces had over invading the French army in the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Multicultural and family-friendly, the three-day Cinco De Mayo celebration in Chicago is guaranteed fun for all! For more information on parking and places to eat, check out CBS Chicago.

Easter Sunday is “hopping” up on us! And in a city like Chicago, brunch reservations need to be made ahead of time. No need to call around to find out which restaurants have special Easter menus and brunches—we’ve got you covered. All you need to be worried about is where the Easter Bunny hid your basket this year.

Riva Crab House – Sunday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Bring the entire family down to Navy Pier for a scrumptious brunch, fantastic lakefront views and chance to meet the Easter Bunny! With a chef-attended omelet station, carving station, shellfish, fresh fruit and a decadent desert display, there will be something to surely please everyone! But don’t wait until the last minute to make your brunch plans—this brunch is reservation only!

The Signature Room at the 95th – Sunday, April 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, guests will be treated to an extensive buffet of delicious starters and chilled seafood. Plated entrees will include seasonal favorites like lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict and various unique omelets. Kids can visit with the restaurant’s special guest, the Easter Bunny, and will even be sent home with goodie bags!

Macy’s on State’s Bunny Brunch – Sunday, April 1 and Saturday, April 7

Enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in Macy’s Walnut Room Restaurant on State Street. This is great for kids, because fun continues beyond the food—with face painting, balloon twisting and more! The best part? This brunch will happen for two days.

Mercadito – Saturdays from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Who says you have to stick with your standard eggs and pancakes at brunch? At Mercadito Chicago, you can enjoy traditional Mexican brunch favorites like Chilaquiles or Huevos Rancheros. Not much of a Mexican eater while the rest of your family is? Don’t worry! They offer the classic American options, too.

For an extended list of Chicago brunch spots, check out Concierge Preferred today!

It’s that time of year again—the 5th Annual Chicago Restaurant Week is here! Come discover why the city of Chicago is a top destination for foodies.

From February 17-26, more than 200 restaurants will come together to give you ten days of pure dining pleasure. Whether it’s exploring new territory or revisiting your favorite table in the city, these participating restaurants will be offering special prix-fixe menus for the same price—$22 for lunch and$33/$44 for dinner (beverages, tax and tip not included). This event is a once-a-year chance to sample cuisine from the city’s, and world’s, most renowned chefs at a great price! Many of these restaurants fill up fast, so it’s recommended to make reservations as early as possible.

Choose Chicago is right—not only is this is one amazing week of dishes, it’s one amazing week of not having to do the dishes. To learn about all participating restaurants, check out more on Chicago Restaurant Week 2012!

What’s better than an evening at the theater? An evening at the theater accompanied by gourmet food, of course! The Chicago Food Film Fest will run from November 18-20 and will feature a wide selection of foodie films such as The Food Hypnotist, The Doughnut Vault and From Farm to Barstool. During the shows, attendees will get to taste what they see on the screen for a complete sensory experience of specialty cuisine.

The Chicago Food Film Festival began as an extension of the NYC Food Film Festival, and debuted in Chicago in 2010. Since then, this event has been the talk of the town and is slated to be even more impressive this year! The NYC Food Film began after Festival Director George Motz after the popularity and success surrounding his award-winning film, Hamburger America. The festival is hosted by and benefits The Good Food Project.

Chicago’s favorite gourmet doughnut shop, Doughnut Vault, will be in attendance with a supply of their amazing creations and a film about the magical doughnut making process. The festival will be divided into four segments: Farm to Film to Table, Edible Adventure #004: The Doughnut Vault Brunch, The Great Chicago Suck ‘N Shuck and The 2011 Awards Ceremony Lunch. Each segment has its own special theme and features the films and foods that go along with it. Overall, the festival’s films focus on diversity, food humor, the beauty of presentation, and some of the world’s favorite foods.                 

A pass for the full festival costs $135, but attendees have the option to purchase tickets individually for the segments of the event. Many popular food and beverage companies will be a part of the festival, such as Sugar In the Raw, Chipotle, Fannie May, Danny Macaroons, Pleasant House Bakery, and Royal pies, just to name a few! The Chicago Food Film Fest is a food writer’s dream; edible Chicago, yelp, Zagat, fine Cooking and many more will be in attendance.      

The second annual Chicago Food Film Festival offers a rare chance for Chicago’s growing foodie population to enjoy the presentation of amazing local delicacies as well as the story behind their creation.

For more information about the Chicago Food Film Festival, check out their official site. Make sure to visit our Facebook as well!   

This is a culinary event you don’t want to miss! Chicago Gourmet is coming to Millennium Park September 23 – 25 and is sure to delight even the most upscale palate. This festival will be going on all weekend and will open with the “Hamburger Hop” burger competition on Friday at 6:00 p.m.

Chicago Gourmet features authentic culinary adventures while showcasing more than 100 of Chicago’s top chefs. There will be a wide assortment of cooking lessons, gourmet samplings and wine tastings. Take the time to attend demonstrations in order to “Savor the Flavors of Mexico” and learn “How to Cook Like a Top Chef Master.” There are many more live cooking exhibits with topics such as vegan cooking, seafood, organic tastes, wine quality and cocktail basics.

Unlike Taste of Chicago, this event isn’t free.  However, the cost can certainly be justified by the unforgettable experience! For all of the wine connoisseurs, The Grand Cru event is an exclusive opportunity to experience some of the world’s finest wines in the company of master sommeliers.

To find out more about Chicago Gourmet, including a full list of events,time, chefs and exhibits, be sure to check out Chicago Gourmet today!

Come join us for a wonderful weekend of food, fun and learning!

Last month we posted an article about the food sampling festival “Taste of Chicago”. For fans of that event, or anyone who couldn’t go but wished they could, you’re in luck. Taste of Lincoln Avenue is taking place this weekend!

O.K. so Taste of Chicago sets a pretty high standard for comparison, it’s got “of Chicago” right in the title for Pete’s sake, but Taste of Lincoln Avenue has a lot to offer when it comes to having a great time. Chicago, describes it as “ one of Chicago’s largest and most popular Street fests”. Not to mention the fact that this will be Taste of Lincoln Avenue’s 28th year in existence.

Taste of Lincoln Avenue is going to be a ton of fun. Besides featuring a plethora of food vendors to fulfill any cravings you could have, there will be musical acts, a free carnival for kids and even a craft fair. Plus the proceeds will go towards the Wrightwood neighbors association, so you’ll be benefiting the neighborhood itself.

TLA is taking place this weekend from Noon to 10pm on Saturday and 11am to 10pm on Sunday. As the name implies it will be happening between Fullerton and Wrightwood on North Lincoln Avenue. If you are wondering about travel and parking accommodations, Chicago, recommends taking public transportation to simplify things.

For more information on Taste of Lincoln Avenue head over to Chicago, and don’t forget to check in weekly for more Chicago Happenings!