Chicago Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond
Thursday (June 13)
Fabio at Whole Foods
Wednesday through Sunday, times vary by location
You may have noticed the large Fabio portraits at Whole Foods Markets around the city. The romance novel cover model will be hosting meet and greets to promote his Healthy Planet Nutrition line of protein powders. He will be at the Lincoln Park location on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. See the full schedule here. Free. event website
Thursday and Friday, 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10:00 p.m.
In addition to the parades, pageants, music, and dancing, there will be plenty of Puerto Rican food on hand at this huge festival in Humboldt Park. You can expect jibaritos, loads of roasted pork, and plates of rice with pigeon peas. Free. Division and California; event website
Friday (June 14)
Taste of Randolph Street
Friday 5:00 p.m to 10:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The food line-up for this three-day West Loop festival includes bellyQ, Publican Quality Meats, and Grange Hall Burger Bar. There is a full music line-up for each day, and City Winery is hosting several after-parties. $10 Suggested Donation. 900 W. Randolph; event website
Saturday (June 15)
Saturday and Sunday, noon to 10:00 p.m.
Celebrate Father's Day at the third annual event showcasing encased meats. Six of Chicago's best sausage purveyors will be serving up their specialties, including Paulina Market, Bobak's Sausage Company, Murphy's Bleachers, and Chicago's Dog House. There is also a Sausage King contest benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project. $5. Sheffield and Addison; event website
Thai Festival Chicago
Wednesday, June 19 to Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Head downtown to Federal Plaza for this celebration of Thai culture, including Thai cuisine. Free. Adams and Dearborn; event website