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2019 DATES & LOCATIONS:

SEPTEMBER 27

HAMBURGER HOP

6:00PM – 9:00PM
HARRIS THEATER ROOFTOP
205 E RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601


LATE NIGHT GOURMET

9:00PM – 12:00AM
THE UNDERGROUND
56 W ILLINOIS ST, CHICAGO, IL 60654

SEPTEMBER 28

CHICAGO GOURMET GRAND TASTING

12:00PM – 6:00PM
MILLENNIUM PARK
205 E RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601
BETWEEN COLUMBUS AVE & COLUMBUS AVE

GRAND CRU

2:00PM – 4:00PM
HARRIS THEATER ROOFTOP
205 E RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601

SEPTEMBER 29

RISE & SHINE GOURMET

8:30AM – 12:15PM
CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL
12 S MICHIGAN AVE, CHICAGO, IL 60603

 

CHICAGO GOURMET GRAND TASTING

12:00PM – 5:00PM
MILLENNIUM PARK
205 E RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601
BETWEEN MICHIGAN AVE. & COLUMBUS AVE

GRAND CRU

2:00PM – 4:00PM
HARRIS THEATER ROOFTOP
205 E RANDOLPH ST, CHICAGO, IL 60601



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RESPONSIBLE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION:

Enjoy Chicago gourmet safely and responsibly. Chicago Gourmet encourages and promotes moderate and responsible alcohol consumption by legal drinking age consumers. Don't drink and drive.

 



TICKET FAQS

 

HOW DO I PURCHASE TICKETS?

A limited quantity of Chicago Gourmet 2019 tickets will be available during the annual Holiday Sale beginning Black Friday, November 23, 2018 at 10AM CST.  Tickets will be available again with the official sales launch in Spring 2019.

 What is included with each ticket type?

Main Event Tickets:

Guests enjoy:

  • Two stages with live cooking demonstrations 
  • Two spaces featuring expert seminars
  • Gourmet tastings from over 200 restaurants
  • Wine, Spirit and Beer Tastings
  • Book signings by internationally renowned chefs, master sommeliers, and winemakers

Grand Cru Tickets:

As a special event within Chicago Gourmet, the Grand Cru offers participants exclusive tastings of some of the finest wines in the world with food tastings from award-winning chefs. Each Grand Cru event is a chance to learn and enjoy tastings with master sommeliers and winery representatives who will be on hand to present and discuss the selections. The Grand Cru is special event within the Chicago Gourmet main event and requires an additional fee for entrance. Click here for more information. 

 

Hamburger Hop Tickets:

Join top chefs as they battle in a burger competition while guests enjoy tasty, gourmet burgers, along with beer, wine, spirits, and more.  A celebrity panel of judges determines the city's best burger award, while guests crown the people's choice. Click here for more information. 

 

Late Night Gourmet:

The official after-party of Friday’s Hamburger Hop. This fun and festive event will cap off the evening with music from one of Chicago's hottest DJs, late night bites, tasty libations, and revelry with Chicago Gourmet chefs, sommeliers, and other tastemakers. Click here for more information. 


WHAT IS THE AGE LIMIT?

The festival is 21+ only. A valid ID is needed to enter all festival events. If we cannot verify your age, you will not be allowed into the festival. Anyone under the age of 21 will be stopped at the gate, refused entry, and passes will not be refunded.

 

Bon Appétit presents Chicago Gourmet is open only to those 21 years of age and older. To ensure the comfort and safety of all attendees, we are unable to grant entry to children of any age – including toddlers and infants in strollers and/or baby carriers. We thank for your understanding, advance preparation and cooperation.

 

I HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT A TICKET THAT I HAVE ALREADY PURCHASED:

Email us at chicagogourmet@illinoisrestaurants.org we will make sure all your questions are answered.

 

ARE TICKETS REFUNDABLE?

All ticket sales are final. Ticket exchanges and refunds are not available.

 

WILL ANY OF THE EVENTS BE CANCELLED IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER?

All events take place rain or shine. Weather contingency plans are in place in case of any inclement weather.

  



AT THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS:

 

ENTRY AND RE-ENTRY:

ALL GUESTS AND THEIR BELONGINGS WILL BE SEARCHED UPON ENTRY OR RE-ENTRY

Please be patient and plan ahead for the Chicago Gourmet Security Perimeter. Knowing what items are prohibited will help speed your bag check. Entry may be faster for those without bags. Please review the full prohibited items list before your visit.

YOU MUST BE 21+ TO ENTER

ALLOWED ITEMS:

  • Blankets
  • Hand-Held Umbrellas
  • Regular-sized Unframed Backpacks
  • Binoculars
  • Personal Cameras (Point-and-Click 35 mm Cameras)
  • Tablets

PROHIBITED ITEMS:

  • Pets (Except for Service Animals)
  • Baby Stollers
  • Firearms, Explosives, Weapons of Any Kind (Including all Metal Knives, Pocket Knives, Cutlery, Pepper Spray, Fireworks, etc.)
  • Illegal Substances or Alcohol
  • Glass Containers
  • Food or Beverages
  • Open Flames
  • Bicycles, Skateboards, Scooters, Carts or Motorized Vehicles (Exception ADA Mobility Devices)
  • Chairs of Any Kind, Tents or Large Umbrellas
  • Coolers
  • Professional Cameras, Video or Audio Equipment
  • Any Items Deemed Dangerous by Security
  • No Unauthorized Vendors
  • No Unauthorized Solicitations, Materials, Handbills, Flyers, Stickers, Samples, Giveaways etc.
  • Prohibited Items are Subject to Change

PLEASE NOTEFailure to Comply with the Above May Result in Entry Being Denied. Guests Must Be Fully Clothed, including Shoes and Shirts at all times.

 

NO SMOKING POLICY:

Smoking including E-Cigs or Vaping Devices are Not Allowed on Park Property 

 

FILMING IN PROGRESS ON SITE:

The festival grounds and event venues will be used as filming locations and by entering, you are agreeing to be photographed and/or filmed. By your presence in these areas, you are acknowledging that you have been informed that you may be photographed and recorded as part of the release into one or more feature films, marketing materials, or other filmed projects.

You are giving up all rights in and to such images and you release the photographers and filmmakers from any and all claims, demands or causes of action you may have for libel, defamation, invasion of privacy or right of publicity, infringement of copyright or trade-mark, or violation of any other right relating to any utilization of the rights gained.

IF YOU DISAGREE WITH THE ABOVE, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER EVENT LOCATIONS.


DISABILITY ACCESS & ACCOMMODATIONS:

The event takes place in Millennium Park, which has been designed to be fully accessible to all patrons. There are wheelchair-accessible ramps to all cooking demonstration stages as well as elevators that provide access to Friday’s hamburger hop. Please be aware the majority of the event takes place on the great lawn, which has limited concrete paths around the festival. We will do our best to accommodate all guests throughout the festival in any way possible.

 

SAFETY & MEDICAL:

Chicago Gourmet makes every effort to create a safe environment on the festival grounds, including public and private security and medical staff. If you need any assistance, seek out a security guard or festival staff member.

 

LOST & FOUND:

During the festival, return found items to the registration tent at the entrances. Look for lost items at the registration tent at the entrance to the festival. After the festival, email chicagogourmet@illinoisrestaurants.org to inquire about lost items. 

 

PRESS & MEDIA

2019 PRESS PASS:

Applications for media credentials are currently closed. For further information, please contact chicagogourmet@imrchicago.com.

 

FOR PRESS & MARKETING INQUIRIES:

For Press & Marketing inquiries, please contact Isabelli Media Relations

 

BE A PART OF CHICAGO GOURMET

 

2019 SPONSOR & EXHIBITOR INFORMATION:

For sponsor and exhibitor information please contact Chicago Gourmet at chicagogourmet@illinoisrestaurants.org.

 

2019 CHEF TASTINGS:

For chef tasting information please contact Chicago Gourmet at chicagogourmet@illinoisrestaurants.org.

 

2019 CHICAGO GOURMET SUMMER INTERNSHIPS:

For information or to apply to the Chicago Gourmet Summer Internship program please email us at chicagogourmet@illinoisrestaurants.org.

 

2019 VOLUNTEER INFORMATION:

The volunteer application for 2019 is currently closed and will open in summer of 2019. 



 

Millennium Park   |   Sept 27 - 29, 2019