2019 Encore Events

The Chicago Gourmet weekend in Millennium Park was an absolute show stopper. And, where there's a great show, there's an equally great encore.

Leading up to and throughout the festival weekend, this year's Encore Events truly celebrated all things food + entertainment. From a VIP evening at the theatre to see "Hamilton," to an Italian Feast on the Odyssey Chicago River inspired by "The Godfather," to a star-studded gourmet chili cookoff on the Harris Theater Rooftop, our series of movie, TV and theater-inspired culinary events definitely had attendees cheering for more.

Check out the 2019 Encore Events lineup below!

2019 Raise A Glass to Freedom: A Hamilton Exclusive.


We kicked off Chicago Gourmet week with Chef Rick Bayless and a true VIP evening at the theatre to see the one and only "Hamilton", complete with a cocktail reception, premier seating and an exclusive Q&A with a cast member after the show!

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 10:30 PM

Where: CIBC Theatre

2019 Italian Feast on the Odyssey Chicago River


Attendees joined Chefs Fabio Viviani, Tony Priolo, Carolina Diaz and Federico Comacchio for a Godfather-inspired Italian feast aboard the Odyssey Chicago River.

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 7:00 pm - 10:00 PM

Where: Odyssey Chicago River

2019 Jef Comedy Jam at Theater on the Lake


Who doesn’t love dinner with a side of laughs? Attendees joined Chicago native and self-proclaimed funniest chef in the world Jeff Mauro, for a knee-slapping good time filled with delicious fare, cocktails and a stand-up comedy show.

Date: Thursday, September 26, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 PM

Where: Theater on the Lake

2019 Battle of the Masters at Swift & Sons


Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado set the stage for an afternoon of delectable food, perfectly paired wine and showstopping musical numbers. Master sommeliers and masters of wine competed head-to-head as they paired both wine and song with delicious dishes. Fan favorite Mark DeVere of Constellation Academy of Wine was crowned champ!

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 PM

Where: Swift & Sons

2019 Hamburger Hop


In this production, gourmet burgers took the leading role. The popular Hamburger Hop, presented by Buckhead Meat of Chicago and Blue Moon Brewing Company, set the stage for the annual Chicago Gourmet weekend.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 PM

Where: Millennium Park | Harris Theater Rooftop

2019 Late Night Gourmet


The official after-party of Friday’s Hamburger Hop, Late Night Gourmet, presented by Chicago magazine, brought the house down! This fun and festive event capped off the evening with music, late night bites, tasty libations, and revelry with Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and other tastemakers.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Where: TAO Chicago

2019 The Big Chill(i): Gourmet Chili Cook-Off on the Harris Theater Rooftop


Chef Sarah Grueneberg spiced up Chicago Gourmet with a little competition. Attendees joined top Chicago chefs and local firehouse chefs as they pulled out all the stops to see whose chili creation would reign supreme.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Millennium Park | Harris Theater Rooftop

2019 Rise & Shine Gourmet


A favorite of our yogis, Rise & Shine started Sunday with an energizing yoga session and ended with a refreshing and tasty brunch with chef curated bites and morning cocktails.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: Early Risers: 8:30 AM - 10:45 AM
& Sleepy Sunday: 10:00 am - 12:15 pm

Where: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Millennium Park   |   Sept 25 - 27, 2020