Summer's end brings more opportunity to enjoy the rest of 2010 and all that Chicagoland has to offer. Great weather, food and drink is what's on the menu for the next three weekends so get your fall outfits and taste buds ready!
Windy City Wine Festival (Sept. 10 & 11). Over 300 different wines will be onhand to sample along with food, beer and music. You will also love the new location- 500 S. Columbus at Buckingham Fountain! Tickets available for $25 online or $35 at the door.
Naperville Wine Festival (Sept. 17 & 18). If you live out in the burbs or just want to travel outside the city, this is the perfect venue for you located in the historic Naper Settlement. Tickets are available for $25 online or $35 at the door.
Chicago Gourmet (Sept. 24-26). Featuring the best of the best in Chicago's rich culinary scene along with amazing wine tasting. A weekend full of demonstrations, seminars, food and beverage featuring great names like Rick Bayless, Cat Cora, Jose Garces, Stephanie Izard, Tony Mantuano, Marcus Samuelsson and many more. It begins with a Hamburger Hop Friday Night Burger Competition (tickets available online for $75) hosted by Allen Bros. Steaks and Blue Moon. It continues through the weekend with tickets available online starting at $150.
Also available this month is Dine Around, where special prix-fixe menus will be available at some of Chicago's best restaurants like NoMI, Mercat a la Planxa, Piccolo Sogno and many more. This gives you a chance to check out some Chicago restaurants you've been dying to try on a budget. You can also earn yourself a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet by enjoying five different meals at participating Dine Around restaurants. I can't think of a better way to get the most out of Chicago culinary!