Food Event for the Weekend and Beyond in Chicago
Friday (June, 22)
Long Grove Strawberry Festival
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
This weekend marks the thirtieth annual strawberry festival in suburban Long Grove. The festival features a wide variety of strawberry treats and family-friendly activities. $5. Old McHenry Rd & Robert Parker Coffin Rd, Long Grove, IL, 60047; event website
Saturday (June, 23)
Summer Solstice Potluck at Rancho Verde
6 to 9 p.m.
In honor of the summer solstice, Slow Food Chicago and Christy Webber Landscaping are hosting a potluck at Rancho Verde (Webber's headquarters). In addition to food provided by guests, there will also be delicious donated food and drinks including beer from Revolution Brewing, Red Streak cider from Virtue, and bread from Crumb. Tickets are $10 for members, $15 for non-members, and kids under 12 are free. 2900 W. Ferdinand Street, Chicago 60612; event website
Sunday (June, 24)
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate Dose Market's first birthday. Feast on food from vendors such as Lillie's Q, Seedling, Bagel on Damen, and Snookelfritz while browsing fashion and design displays. This event also marks the retail debut of Nellcote's house-milled flour and fresh pasta. Guests will receive complimentary beer from Goose Island and cocktails from Spicebox Whiskey. $8 in advance and $10 at the door.Cost. River East Art Center; event website
Beyond the Weekend
Green City Market Chef's BBQ Benefit
July 12, 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Tickets are available, but tend to sell-out quickly for the annual Lincoln Park picnic. The line-up of restaurants includes familiar favorites, such as Balsan, Lula Cafe, Nightwood, BOKA, and City Provisions, along with first-timers including Yusho, Telegraph, Browntrout, and Vera. Beverage sponsors are Goose Island, Death's Door Spirits, and Wirtz Beverage Illinois. Tickets are $125 ($100 for friends of the market) or $250 for VIP, which allows for early entry and private seating. Tickets for children under 12 are $25. 1750 N. Clark.; event website