The city’s annual “Taste of Chicago,” festival is the nation’s largest free food and entertainment festival, attended by more than 3.5 million hungry people each year. The “Taste” features house specialties from dozens of the city’s restaurants. Among the delectable menu items typically offered are ribs, tempura, falafel, egg rolls, burritos, Chicago-style pizza, gumbo, ice cream, gyros and more. To highlight Chicago’s fine dining scene, Taste of Chicago features The Chef’s Table and Dominick’s Cooking Corner, where visitors can see cooking demonstrations and sample food from the area’s most well renowned chefs. This year, Chicago is having its first ever Chicago Gourmet event in Millennium Park September 22 – 28 that will feature the finest in gourmet food and wine as well as celebrity chef demonstrations.
New to Chicago’s culinary event roster is Chicago Gourmet, a world-class celebration of food, wine and the city's rich culinary heritage. Located in Millennium Park, attendees have full access to the festival grounds to enjoy premium wine tastings, gourmet food samplings and celebrity chef cooking demonstrations. Chicago Gourmet was produced by the Illinois Restaurant Associated for the first time in 2008 and featured 50 of the top U.S. and international culinary professionals paired with master sommeliers and 200 wineries.