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Chicago Gourmet 2010: Calling all Foodies for a Three-day Celebration of Food and Wine in Chicago's Millennium Park.

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Chicago has come a long way in the last 100 years from "Hog Butcher to the World" (Carl Sandburg, 1916) to "one of the world's greatest cities for fine cuisine and culture" (Mayor Richard M. Daley, 2010).

Chicago Gourmet 2010.

The Third Annual Chicago Gourmet, sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine, will take place from Friday, September 24 through Sunday, September 26 at Millennium Park. The event is a showcase for over 100 of Chicago's finest restaurants and chefs, as well as hundreds of renowned vintners, spirit makers and premium breweries from around the world.

A virtual Who's Who of Chicago Chefs will keep the home fires burning starting at the Friday, September 24th kick-off event, the Hamburger Hop, on the roof of the Harris Theater.  Fifteen chefs will be competing to win the title of Chicago's Best Burger.

Saturday and Sunday's line-up in Millennium Park will feature live cooking demonstrations,
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Rick Bayless.

seminars, tasting pavilions, book signings and more.   Featured chefs on Saturday include: Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill/Topolobampo/XOCO); Gale Gand (Tru); Rick Tramonto (Tramonto's Steak and Seafood/RT Sushi Bar & Lounge); John Hogan (Keefer's); Tony Mantuano (Spiaggia);  Sarah Stenger (Prairie Fire/Prairie Gras Cafe) and more.  On Sunday the line-up includes: Dirk Flanigan (The Gage/Henri); Kevin Hickey (Seasons, Four Seasons Hotel); John Coletta, (Quartino). Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven and The Purple Pig) and others.

Earn Free Tickets.

The Bon Appétit and Chicago Gourmet Dine Around extends the event beyond Millennium Park into some of the city's best restaurants.  Special prix-fixe menus will be available at participating restaurants offering guests not only a unique dining experience but a chance to earn a free ticket to Chicago Gourmet.  Guests who purchase five meals during the Dine Around period, Monday, August 30th through Sunday, September 26th, at any participating restaurant must attach a copy of their receipt to their receipt holder in order to redeem a complimentary ticket to Chicago Gourmet.  Receipts must be presented at registration the day of the event in order to redeem your one-day pass.

Show Information.
Where:  Friday, Hamburger Hop will take place on the roof of the Harris Theater (205 E. Randolph).  Saturday and Sunday events will be held on the grounds of Millennium Park (305 E. Monroe).

Tickets:  General admission to Chicago Gourmet includes full access to the festival area, including live cooking demonstrations presented on two stages at 30-minute intervals, premium wine and spirits tastings and seminars.  Tickets for Friday, September 24 Hamburger hop are $75. A one-day ticket for either Saturday, September 25, or Sunday, September 26, costs $150.    A weekend pass, good for admission to both days of the festival is $250.  Tickets can be purchased on-line.  Please note:  Some events are already sold out.

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