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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!

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?

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!

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!

There are a lot of factors that come together to give a city its individual personality. The skyline, people, location, culture and countless other attributes combine to create a city’s unique atmosphere. There’s definitely a lot to be said about a city that boasts impressive architecture or is known as a cultural hotspot, but one of the most underrated yet appealing characteristics a city possesses is its food!

Here in Chicago we have a diverse cuisine to be proud of, and it’s not all about pizza!  That’s why Taste of Chicago exists. Taste of Chicago is a food festival where a wide range of restaurants from the city come together to give people a true taste of what the city’s food is really all about.

This year Taste of Chicago begins on June 24th and goes through July 3rd, and will take place in Grant Park. Admission to the event is free, although food vendors will be selling special “taste of” items at two dollars or less ensuring that event goers can sample Chicago’s foods without spending too much money. If you want to get the full experience plan on attending multiple days though because a whopping 59 restaurants will be participating this year!

Besides food, Taste of Chicago will be featuring musical acts, to help give a good sound track to your tasting pleasure. Chef demonstrations, family activities including games and crafts, also make up some of the additional non-eating activities during the event.  There will even be a 5K Run so you can burn off some of the calories you are sure to consume during the festival!

Chicago Restaurant Week is coming soon, so get out your calendars because you won’t want to miss out on all the excitement!

What is Restaurant Week? It’s a celebration of world-class dining destinations in the city. Each year the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau supports restaurant members of more than 200 establishments in the city. For ten days, starting February 18, these restaurants will have prix fixe lunch and/or dinner menus.

Last years Restaurant Week brought in $11.6 million in revenues, and hopefully this year will top that number! Saveur Magazine recently named Chicago “America’s new culinary star,” so this year’s event has a little extra pressure.

Looking to get involved in the experience? Make reservations. Without a reservation, you can forget about it. It make these reservations call your desired restaurant, or visit EatItUpChicago.com. Special menus are prepared just for this event, so be sure to ask for them if they are not given upon being seated.

What restaurants are participating? This year, there are more than 200 of Chicago’s finest culinary talents to choose from. Here is a full list of participating restaurants. To read more about who will be participating, making reservations, or menus, check out Chicago Restaurant Week today!