Lincoln Park's getting a new summer festival centered on food and drink this summer that features a lineup of some of Chicago's heaviest hitters. The inaugural Chicago Food + Wine Festival arrives in late August, organized through a collaboration with the promoters behind Lollapalooza, Texas celebrity chef Tim Love and Food & Wine magazine.
The three-day event begins on Aug. 28 and will feature the Chef Showcase with 40 Chicago chefs offering tasting portions of their food. Participating chefs include Paul Virant (Perennial Virant, Vie), Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig), Matthias Merges (Yusho, A10), Takashi Yasihashi (Slurping Turtle).
C3 Presents, the force behind Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, is the fest's promoter, and they have the city's blessing. The event's press release even has a statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel talking about the city's amazing culinary scene. Hurrah for tourism!
Throughout, the fest will host cooking demonstrations featuring the likes of Love, Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, Fabio Viviani, Art Smith, Jose Garces, Bannos, John Currance, Rick Tramonto, plus Tony and Cathy Mantuano.
Another festival component is the Grand Taste, offering wine, cocktail and food samples from local and regional artisans. Then there's the Toast & Taste which takes place on Saturday, Aug. 30 in Grant Park. Many of the chefs participating in the cooking demonstrations will serve up food here. So will Graham Elliot, Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, plus Justin Large and Erling Wu-Bower.
Finally, the festival will offer the Last Call, a dessert and booze-focused component designed for those just interested in a night cap. Organizers will share more details about the Last Call at a future date.
Chicago's caught the attention of Food & Wine, which hosts several events across the Americas each year. Perhaps it's competition for Chicago Gourmet, held in September at Millennium Park. That event's hosted by Bon Appétit.
Tickets for Chicago Food + Wine — which range from $75 for Last Call to $550 for the "All-In" admission to all the fest's components — go on sale today at 10 a.m. Click here to buy.