Encore Events

The Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet weekend in Millennium Park is 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 celebrate 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 will have you cheering for more.

Don't miss out. Check out the Encore Events lineup below and make your plans today. Tickets go on sale at 10AM on Thursday, June 6, 2019.

Raise A Glass to Freedom: A Hamilton Exclusive.


Kick 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

"Take the Gun, Leave the Cannoli": Italian Feast on the Odyssey Chicago River


Now this is an offer you can’t refuse! Join the likes of 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

Jef Comedy Jam at Theater on the Lake


Who doesn’t love dinner with a side of laughs? Join 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

Battle of the Masters at Swift & Sons


Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Master Sommelier Serafin Alvarado is setting the stage for an afternoon of delectable food, perfectly paired wine and showstopping musical numbers. Master sommeliers and masters of wine compete head-to-head as they pair both wine and song with delicious dishes!

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 PM

Where: Swift & Sons

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


Chef Sarah Grueneberg is spicing up Chicago Gourmet with a little competition. Join Jimmy Bannos, Jr., Abe Conlon, Diana Dávila, Chris Pandel and many more, as they pull out all the stops to see whose chili creation will reign supreme.

Date: Saturday, September 28, 2019

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Where: Millennium Park | Harris Theater Rooftop

Rise & Shine Gourmet


A favorite of our yogis, start your Sunday with an energizing yoga session and refresh afterwards with tasty brunch bites and morning cocktails from leading chefs.

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

Hamburger Hop


In this production, burgers take the leading role. The popular Hamburger Hop, presented by Buckhead Meat of Chicago and Blue Moon Brewing Company, sets the stage for the annual Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet weekend.

Date: Friday, September 27, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 PM

Where: Millennium Park | Harris Theater Rooftop

Late Night Gourmet


The official after-party of Friday’s Hamburger Hop, Late Night Gourmet, presented by Chicago magazine, brings down the house. This fun and festive event caps 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: Dance Studio VOL. 1

Millennium Park   |   Sept 24 - 29, 2019