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Chicago's James Beard Awards 2015 Event Map & Guide

This map will show you where to celebrate the arrival of the James Beard Awards.

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A number of events and dinners are happening around the James Beard Awards’ Chicago debut on Monday, May 4. It’s no secret that our fair city has scored a major coup with landing the event known as "the Oscars of the food world," and there are a number of celebrations featuring some of the nominated chefs visiting from around the country, as well as other visiting culinary luminaries. Below is a handy map of many of the events planned around the awards.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Intro Chicago

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2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-0002
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Rich Melman is receiving the James Beard Lifetime Achievement award and, as part of the celebration, brings a dinner series co-hosted by Saveur Magazine. From May 1 – 9, the Rising Star Chef Dinner Series features Ari Taymor (Alma), Jessica Langey (Manresa), Intro chefs CJ Jacobson and Erik Anderson, along with Michael Laiskonis. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation and range between $95 - $125.

2. La Sirena Clandestina

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954 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-5300
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Chicagoans will get a sneak preview of the upcoming Broken Shaker when it pops-up at La Sirena Clandestina Monday, May 4 from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Bar manager Freddie Sarkis, along with Broken Shaker founders Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta will be on hand to serve up a number of cocktails, while executive chef Jonathan Meyer whips up a few hors d’ oeuvres for the crowd.

3. EL Ideas

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2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60608
(312) 226-8144
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EL Ideas will be open this Sunday, May 3 in honor of the James Beard Awards. Phillip Foss’ Michelin-starred restaurant is normally closed that day, so it’s a special treat for awards goers and regular diners alike.

4. JW Marriott

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151 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 660-8200
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JW Marriott Chicago’s executive chef Michael Reich has created a special menu paying tribute to previous James Beard Award winners called “James Beard Bites.” Inspiration comes from Paul Kahan’s prawn scotch egg, Tom Colicchio’s braised short ribs and Stephanie Izard’s sautéed skate wing. The menu is available a la carte and runs from April 30 until May 23.

5. Acadia

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1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 360-9500
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Acadia is bringing an evening of southern fun with its bluegrass and bourbon event on Thursday, April 30. The Michelin-starred restaurant’s chef Ryan McCaskey will have a special menu for the night: suckling roast pig, raw oyster bar, smoked ship, smoke trout, the restaurant’s highly regarded lobster roll and, of course, bourbon cocktails. Those drinks will be from guest bartenders Stephen Cole (Lone Wolf) and Greg Buttera (Dusek’s) with music from Dime Store String Band. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $75 per person.

6. Three Dots and a Dash

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 610-4220
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It’s tiki time with a pig roast and luau at Three Dots and a Dash on Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Diane Corcoran is partnering up with Julian Cox, Xavier Herit (NYC’s Wallflower) as well as The Promontory’s Justin Anderson to make cocktails, while LA’s Barrel & Ashes’ pitmasters Timothy Hollingsworth and Rory Hermann, along with Bub City’s Christian Eckmann will handle the luau food. Tickets are available now for $100.

7. Mariano's Fresh Market

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40 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 243-7657
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Blackbird mixologist Kyle Davidson will demo two cocktails at Mariano’s West Loop location on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. Mariano’s is a James Beard sponsor and the cocktail party, with tickets costing $20 per person, will celebrate the awards’ debut in Chicago.

8. Bub City

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435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 610-4200
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At Bub City’s “Beers for Beard Craft Beer Tap Takeover” on Sunday, May 2, the LEYE barbecue joint will host Moody Tongue, Local Option, Half Acre, Penrose and Revolution with music from Senn Alan Band.

9. Shaw's Crab House

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21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 527-2722
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Shaw’s Oyster Bar will offer six Shigoku oysters and a Western Exposure cocktail for $25 from April 30 until May 8 in honor of the James Beard Foundation celebrating 25 years.

10. Green City Market

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1790 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Visit Green City Market in Lincoln park on Saturday, May 2 for its opening day. A gathering of chefs will be on hand at 9:30 a.m. Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Café), Carrie Nahabedian (Naha, Brindille) and Bruce Sherman serve as hosts.

11. RPM Steak

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66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 284-4990
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Italian butcher Dario Cecchini will be at RPM Steak on Saturday, May 2 for demonstrations and a multi-course dinner with chef Doug Psaltis. Expect Florentine steak and wine from wineries Gaja and Il Poggione. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7:00 p.m., will run you $225 per person.

12. Nico Osteria

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1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 994-7100
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Nico Osteria will welcome Philadelphi chef Marc Vetri to promote his new cookbook Mastering Pasta in time for the James Beard Awards. On Sunday, May 3, Vetri will host a pasta making class and lunch for $200 and on Tuesday, May 5, he will host a four-course dinner with hors d’ oeuvres for $150.

13. Rockit Bar & Grill

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22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 645-6000
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Rockit Bar & Grill hosts Beard & Boxing on Saturday, May 2, featuring the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight. Also featured is food from Rockit’s restaurants The Duck Inn, Bottlefork, Sunda and Ay Chiwowa. The event runs from 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. and costs $125 per person ($75 for James Beard Foundation members).

14. Eataly

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43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 521-8700
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Eataly will host A Night with Oustanding Chefs on Saturday, May 2 and featuring nominated chefs Donald Link, Dahlia Narvaez, Mark Ladner and Marc Vetri. The event will be hosted by Eataly’s own Lidia Bastianich. The event will take place in Osteria di Eataly (you can reserve a seat here), La Piazza and Il Pesce & Le Verdure (first come first serve). Outside of the event, the dishes will be served during store hours.

15. The Florentine

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151 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 660-8866
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From April 30 until May 8, The Florentine participates in “James Beard Eats Week” featuring a seafood menu paying tribute to Beard’s Portland, Oregon roots.

16. Table Fifty-Two

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52 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610
(312) 573-4000
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Head to Table Fifty-Two on Sunday, May 3 for a James Beard-themed brunch with chef Art Smith from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm. All brunch sales are matched for a donation to the James Beard Foundation.

17. Chicago Union Station

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225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 322-6777
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Chicago’s Union Station will host the Rioja Wine & Food Festival Saturday, May 2 with 50 participating wineries, Rioja-inspired tapas from 30 chefs, live music, a jamon bar and a cheese cave.

18. The Publican

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837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 733-9555
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Though it’s sold out and there are hundreds of people on a waiting list, The Publican will host David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar’s executive chef Matthew Rudofker for a four-course family-style meal. Maybe the rabid desire for tickets will convince Chang to open a restaurant here…

19. Kendall College

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900 N North Branch St
Chicago, IL 60642

Hannah’s Bretzel hosts the First Annual Emerging Chefs Challenge on May 11, featuring Chicago culinary students going after the prize of a spot on the chain’s menu and a $1,000 scholarship. Hannah’s Bretzel founder Florian Pfahler, chef Mark Steuer, Nico Osteria’s Erling Wu-Bower, and Beverly Kim of Parachute (a nominee for best new restaurant at the James Beard Awards) will serve as judges. Check out HannahsBretzel.com for more info.

20. The Aviary

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955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-0868
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The Aviary will host a pop-up with Brooklyn's Maison Premiere (up for outstanding bar program at the James Beard Awards) on Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

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1. Intro Chicago

2300 N. Lincoln Park West, Chicago, IL 60614

Rich Melman is receiving the James Beard Lifetime Achievement award and, as part of the celebration, brings a dinner series co-hosted by Saveur Magazine. From May 1 – 9, the Rising Star Chef Dinner Series features Ari Taymor (Alma), Jessica Langey (Manresa), Intro chefs CJ Jacobson and Erik Anderson, along with Michael Laiskonis. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the James Beard Foundation and range between $95 - $125.

2300 N. Lincoln Park West
Chicago, IL 60614

2. La Sirena Clandestina

954 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Chicagoans will get a sneak preview of the upcoming Broken Shaker when it pops-up at La Sirena Clandestina Monday, May 4 from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. Bar manager Freddie Sarkis, along with Broken Shaker founders Elad Zvi and Gabriel Orta will be on hand to serve up a number of cocktails, while executive chef Jonathan Meyer whips up a few hors d’ oeuvres for the crowd.

954 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

3. EL Ideas

2419 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

EL Ideas will be open this Sunday, May 3 in honor of the James Beard Awards. Phillip Foss’ Michelin-starred restaurant is normally closed that day, so it’s a special treat for awards goers and regular diners alike.

2419 W 14th St
Chicago, IL 60608

4. JW Marriott

151 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

JW Marriott Chicago’s executive chef Michael Reich has created a special menu paying tribute to previous James Beard Award winners called “James Beard Bites.” Inspiration comes from Paul Kahan’s prawn scotch egg, Tom Colicchio’s braised short ribs and Stephanie Izard’s sautéed skate wing. The menu is available a la carte and runs from April 30 until May 23.

151 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

5. Acadia

1639 S Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

Acadia is bringing an evening of southern fun with its bluegrass and bourbon event on Thursday, April 30. The Michelin-starred restaurant’s chef Ryan McCaskey will have a special menu for the night: suckling roast pig, raw oyster bar, smoked ship, smoke trout, the restaurant’s highly regarded lobster roll and, of course, bourbon cocktails. Those drinks will be from guest bartenders Stephen Cole (Lone Wolf) and Greg Buttera (Dusek’s) with music from Dime Store String Band. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and costs $75 per person.

1639 S Wabash Ave
Chicago, IL 60616

6. Three Dots and a Dash

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

It’s tiki time with a pig roast and luau at Three Dots and a Dash on Sunday, May 3 from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Diane Corcoran is partnering up with Julian Cox, Xavier Herit (NYC’s Wallflower) as well as The Promontory’s Justin Anderson to make cocktails, while LA’s Barrel & Ashes’ pitmasters Timothy Hollingsworth and Rory Hermann, along with Bub City’s Christian Eckmann will handle the luau food. Tickets are available now for $100.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60654

7. Mariano's Fresh Market

40 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

Blackbird mixologist Kyle Davidson will demo two cocktails at Mariano’s West Loop location on Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 pm. Mariano’s is a James Beard sponsor and the cocktail party, with tickets costing $20 per person, will celebrate the awards’ debut in Chicago.

40 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL 60661

8. Bub City

435 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60610

At Bub City’s “Beers for Beard Craft Beer Tap Takeover” on Sunday, May 2, the LEYE barbecue joint will host Moody Tongue, Local Option, Half Acre, Penrose and Revolution with music from Senn Alan Band.

435 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60610

9. Shaw's Crab House

21 E Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60611

Shaw’s Oyster Bar will offer six Shigoku oysters and a Western Exposure cocktail for $25 from April 30 until May 8 in honor of the James Beard Foundation celebrating 25 years.

21 E Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60611

10. Green City Market

1790 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

Visit Green City Market in Lincoln park on Saturday, May 2 for its opening day. A gathering of chefs will be on hand at 9:30 a.m. Sarah Stegner (Prairie Grass Café), Carrie Nahabedian (Naha, Brindille) and Bruce Sherman serve as hosts.

1790 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

11. RPM Steak

66 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

Italian butcher Dario Cecchini will be at RPM Steak on Saturday, May 2 for demonstrations and a multi-course dinner with chef Doug Psaltis. Expect Florentine steak and wine from wineries Gaja and Il Poggione. Tickets for the dinner, which starts at 7:00 p.m., will run you $225 per person.

66 W Kinzie St
Chicago, IL 60654

12. Nico Osteria

1015 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611

Nico Osteria will welcome Philadelphi chef Marc Vetri to promote his new cookbook Mastering Pasta in time for the James Beard Awards. On Sunday, May 3, Vetri will host a pasta making class and lunch for $200 and on Tuesday, May 5, he will host a four-course dinner with hors d’ oeuvres for $150.

1015 N Rush St
Chicago, IL 60611

13. Rockit Bar & Grill

22 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654

Rockit Bar & Grill hosts Beard & Boxing on Saturday, May 2, featuring the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight. Also featured is food from Rockit’s restaurants The Duck Inn, Bottlefork, Sunda and Ay Chiwowa. The event runs from 9:00 p.m. until 3:00 a.m. and costs $125 per person ($75 for James Beard Foundation members).

22 W Hubbard St
Chicago, IL 60654

14. Eataly

43 E Ohio St, Chicago, IL 60611

Eataly will host A Night with Oustanding Chefs on Saturday, May 2 and featuring nominated chefs Donald Link, Dahlia Narvaez, Mark Ladner and Marc Vetri. The event will be hosted by Eataly’s own Lidia Bastianich. The event will take place in Osteria di Eataly (you can reserve a seat here), La Piazza and Il Pesce & Le Verdure (first come first serve). Outside of the event, the dishes will be served during store hours.

43 E Ohio St
Chicago, IL 60611

15. The Florentine

151 W Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

From April 30 until May 8, The Florentine participates in “James Beard Eats Week” featuring a seafood menu paying tribute to Beard’s Portland, Oregon roots.

151 W Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

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16. Table Fifty-Two

52 W Elm St, Chicago, IL 60610

Head to Table Fifty-Two on Sunday, May 3 for a James Beard-themed brunch with chef Art Smith from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 pm. All brunch sales are matched for a donation to the James Beard Foundation.

52 W Elm St
Chicago, IL 60610

17. Chicago Union Station

225 S Canal St, Chicago, IL 60606

Chicago’s Union Station will host the Rioja Wine & Food Festival Saturday, May 2 with 50 participating wineries, Rioja-inspired tapas from 30 chefs, live music, a jamon bar and a cheese cave.

225 S Canal St
Chicago, IL 60606

18. The Publican

837 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

Though it’s sold out and there are hundreds of people on a waiting list, The Publican will host David Chang’s Momofuku Ssam Bar’s executive chef Matthew Rudofker for a four-course family-style meal. Maybe the rabid desire for tickets will convince Chang to open a restaurant here…

837 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

19. Kendall College

900 N North Branch St, Chicago, IL 60642

Hannah’s Bretzel hosts the First Annual Emerging Chefs Challenge on May 11, featuring Chicago culinary students going after the prize of a spot on the chain’s menu and a $1,000 scholarship. Hannah’s Bretzel founder Florian Pfahler, chef Mark Steuer, Nico Osteria’s Erling Wu-Bower, and Beverly Kim of Parachute (a nominee for best new restaurant at the James Beard Awards) will serve as judges. Check out HannahsBretzel.com for more info.

900 N North Branch St
Chicago, IL 60642

20. The Aviary

955 W Fulton Market, Chicago, IL 60607

The Aviary will host a pop-up with Brooklyn's Maison Premiere (up for outstanding bar program at the James Beard Awards) on Sunday, May 3 from 10:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m.

955 W Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

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