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September 25, 2015 | Press

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7 Things to Know about Chicago Gourmet

By Ashok Selvam on September 25, 2015


This is Chicago Gourmet’s eighth year, and organizers from Bon Appétit and the Illinois Restaurant Association aren’t letting their feet off the gas. It’s no surprise that main event tickets for this weekend have sold out. The three-day event continues to grow, as organizers feel the public’s appetite continues to grow. Case in point: Organizers say the tickets, which went on sale in April, sold out in record time earlier this month.


The only tickets that remain are for tonight’s Late Night Gourmet at the Underground, Saturday’s Punch Kings/Pigs n’ Tiki and Sunday morning’s family-oriented Rise & Shine Gourmet. Tickets for those events will also be available onsite.


If you’re venturing to Millennium Park or any of the other events, like tonight’s Hamburger Hop at the Harris Theater rooftop, here’s a quick primer.


1) This year, Chicago Gourmet lured 208 chefs, the most ever. Sure, famous local chefs like Rick Bayless and Art Smith (who also attended Chicago Food+Wine Festival last month) are representing Chicago, but the event also brought in big names from elsewhere, including headliner Emeril Lagasse.


2) They’re really pushing the smartphone app. With so much to take in, event organizers advise on downloading the app, which is available for Apple iOS and Google Android.


3) This is the first year of Sunday morning yoga with Rise & Shine Gourmet, which may help abate those feelings of gluttony from Friday and Saturday. It’s one of the first public events at Maggie Daley Park, which opened in December 2014. The morning event will also feature Paul Kahan (Publican, One Off Hospitality) and Jason Hammel (Lula Cafe) who will go through a lesson from Chicago Public Schools on how food brings different people together.


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