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Chicago Food+Wine Festival Skipping 2016 in Lincoln Park

Organizers say they look forward to returning in 2017

Chef Rick Bayless bemoaning the lack of a wood grill at Chicago Food+Wine Festival.
Chef Rick Bayless bemoaning the lack of a wood grill at Chicago Food+Wine Festival.
Chicago Food+Wine

Last year, Chicago Food+Wine Festival debuted in Lincoln Park, and rain affected the turnout for the three-day event, keeping some from an otherwise fun time. Now organizers confirmed they are skipping Chicago this year, citing a "schedule conflict." Organizers say they will return to Chicago in 2017.

Whatever the conflict is, reps aren't specifying. The Tribune first reported the news. The festival was Food+Wine's answer to Chicago Gourmet, which is sponsored by the magazine's competitors at Bon Appétit. Food+Wine and their crew negotiated a three-year lease through 2017 with the Chicago Park District. The event is organized by C3 Presents, the same group that organizes Lollapalooza in Grant Park.