2016 Chicago Gourmet in Millennium Park

Downtown Chicago view from the Park

There is so much to do and so much to taste at Chicago Gourmet 2016! Located less than 6-miles from Millennium Park, Broughton’s boutique Majestic Hotel is the perfect place to stay the weekend of September 23rd-25th.


About Chicago Gourmet

The iconic Millennium Park will transform into a culinary paradise yet again as the event celebrates 9-years of delivering the best dishes and drinks to the people of Chicago. The 2016 theme “Food is Art!” is brought to life by top chefs through their captivating gourmet creations, showcasing the vibrant connection between cooking and arts of many kinds. The entire weekend is interactive; guests are encouraged to sample the chefs’ creations while gaining invaluable knowledge from attending live demos and seminars featuring the best in the industry. Whether you’re coming to indulge in the delicious food and drinks or you’re trying to perfect your art, you won’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity!


Chicago Gourmet is presented by bon appétit, with the help of 2016 event partners EXPO Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago and The Complete Culinary Works. Celebrity Chef Rick Bayless headlines the weekend as the first ever official Host Chef, lending his talent to curate creative new seminars, cooking demos and more (see a full line-up of this year’s talent here). Highlights of Chicago Gourmet 2016 include:


Hamburger Hop

Friday, Sept. 23 from 6-9pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

Fire up the grill and prepare to feast- it’s burger time! Join top area chefs as they battle it out for Buckhead Beef burger glory while guests enjoy tasty gourmet burgers, beer, wine, spirits and more. A celebrity panel of judges determines the city’s Best Burger award, while guests crown the People’s Choice.


The Tao of Tacos

Saturday, Sept. 24 from 8-11pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

New to Chicago Gourmet 2016- The Tao of Tacos hosted by Chef Rick Bayless will spotlight 12 leading chefs from diverse culinary backgrounds who will bring a worldly approach to their canvas, in this case the humble tortilla. And, to complement the tasty tacos, guests will enjoy special Tequila Cazadores cocktails and delicious Lagunitas beer.


Grand Cru

Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2-4pm on the Harris Theater Rooftop

The exclusive Grand Cru experience provides the ultimate in culinary indulgence with tastings of elite wines from around the world. Serafin Alvarado, Master Sommelier and Director of Wine Education, expertly curates the afternoon’s wine selections for presenting sponsor Southern Wine & Spirits of Illinois. (The Grand Cru is separately ticketed and a same day event ticket must also be purchased in addition to purchasing a Grand Cru ticket.)


… And more! Check out the complete 2016 schedule to see what other exciting events are happening that weekend. Tickets to the 2016 Chicago Gourmet are on-sale now in the following options:

  • Main Event 1-day Pass: $185
  • Main Event Weekend Pass: $295
  • Grand Cru 1-day Pass: $205
  • Hamburger Hop: $125
  • Late Night Gourmet: $50
  • Hamburger Hop & Late Night Gourmet: $160
  • The Tao of Tacos: $95
  • Rise and Shine Gourmet: $40


Visit the FAQ page on the festival’s website for more information on ticketing, safety, disability access and more. The 2016 Chicago Gourmet is a 21+ only festival, and a valid ID is required to enter ALL events. Questions on getting there? Travel information is available here.


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2016 Chicago Gourmet

Where: Millennium Park– Chicago, IL

When: Friday, September 23rd– Sunday, September 25th

Admission: $185+



Where to Stay

Majestic Hotel

This hotel has lots of charm with its comfortable, delightful atmosphere of an upscale English manor, amidst the energetic city life of the bustling Lakeview neighborhood. 528 West Brompton, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3499