Upcoming Chicago Food Fests

chicago food festivals

Visiting Chicago soon and not sure what’s happening? You’ve come to the right place! This September and October, pay a visit to one of Chicago’s many upcoming food festivals! Satisfy your sweet tooth at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Donut Fest, have a fancy feast at Chicago Gourmet or kick back and relax at the Bacon and Beer Classic. (If you’re reading this on an empty stomach, we apologize in advance).


Donut Fest at the Lincoln Park Zoo

Chicago’s best donuts, mimosas and penguins…could Donut Fest get any better? On September 8 from 11-3 p.m., visit the Lincoln Park Zoo for their special donut tasting event! Here you’ll have the chance to try samples from some of Chicago’s best bakeries while sipping on mimosas, beer and wine. Exclusive access to some of the zoo’s exhibits is also included. Tickets are $20-$45 and the event is kid-friendly!


Hotel Near Lincoln Park Zoo

After your donut-induced coma sets in, it might be a good idea to find a hotel near Lincoln Park Zoo! Consider staying at the Willows Hotel. With a beautiful Lakeview neighborhood location, this boutique hotel is right near the zoo. Its superior amenities and decadent accommodations will offer a pleasant retreat from the wild zoo donuts and drinks.


Chicago Gourmet

If you’re looking for more than just one day of food fun, mark your schedule for Chicago Gourmet, happening September 28-30 in Millennium Park. This weekend is jam-packed with celebrity chefs, food samples and drink tastings. On Friday from 6-9 p.m., watch chefs compete for the title of best burger at the Hamburger Hop. Guests can enjoy gourmet burger samples and vote for their favorite. On Saturday, the Gourmet Grand Tasting (aka lots of food and drink vendors) is happening in the heart of Millennium Park from 12-6 p.m. And from 2-4  p.m. guests can attend the Grand Cru wine tasting event. Grab even more food at Sunday’s Rise & Shine Gourmet (8:30-12:15 p.m.), another Gourmet Grand Tasting (12-5 p.m.) or the final Grand Cru (2-4 p.m.). The entire weekend includes live entertainment specially curated for each event. Purchase tickets here.


Hotel Near Millennium Park 

With this huge multi-day event happening in Millennium Park, you’ll need a place to stay in Chicago! And if you’re in need of a hotel near Millennium Park, look no further than the Majestic Hotel. Its comfortable charm and delightful atmosphere will make you feel right at home in the Windy City.


Bacon and Beer Classic

Fancy food not your cup of tea? Maybe the 4th annual Bacon and Beer Classic is for you! On October 6, this massive one-day food fest will take over Chicago’s Soldier Field from 1-5 p.m. Expect over 100 craft beers to be tasted, 30+ bacon inspired dishes, music, games and Oktoberfest fun. Participating restaurants and breweries can be found here. Tickets range in cost from $49-$75 and can be purchased here. General Admission includes unlimited tastings, a souvenir cup, music, games and more. VIP tickets includes all of the perks of general admission, plus an hour early entry, special bathrooms and a lanyard.


Hotel Near Soldier Field

Don’t force your friend to be the night’s DD! Instead, call an Uber and head to the City Suites Hotel located close to Soldier’s Field. This sleek boutique hotel offers a picturesque haven for relaxation (and hydration) after a full day of bacon and beer.


Hungry now? Buy your tickets for one of these Chicago food fests before it’s too late!




Willows Hotel
The moment you arrive, you’ll feel the effortless charm of a French country home, accented by our 19th century-style furnishings and the warm welcome of our friendly staff. 555 West Surf, Chicago, IL 60657. 888.779.1904.

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

City Suites Hotel
A sleek, retro property characterized by its unique Art Deco style. 933 West Belmont, Chicago, IL 60657. 773.404.3400.