Serious Eats: Chicago
Chicago Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond
Thursday (September 5)
Goose Island "Be a Brewmaster" Contest
Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Stout Barrel House and Gallery is teaming up with Goose Island for this beer-themed event, which features two raffle contests. The two prizes are a 312 customized bicycle and a chance to collaborate with Goose Island brewmaster Nick Barron to brew and name a beer. Four Goose Island beer specials will also be offered. Free. Table reservations: 312-475-1390. 642 N. Clark; event website
Friday (September 6)
September Wine Down
Friday, 6 to 8 p.m.
Start your weekend off at Foodlife, where you can sample 20 wines and feast on party snacks. For $15, you can also purchase a wristband for unlimited visits to the fourteen Foodlife kitchens after the event. $15. 835 N. Michigan; event website
Hideout Block Party and A.V. Fest
Friday, beginning at 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, beginning at 12:30 p.m.
Although primarily a music fest, this two-day event boasts Chicago-centric food options. We're not sure of the exact food line-up, but the music offerings include Neko Case, The Hold Steady, The Walkmen, and Mavis Staples. Kids are welcome, and a bike valet is available. $35-40 for one-day tickets, $70 for two-day pass. 1354 W. Wabansia; event website
Saturday (September 7)
Guinness Oyster Fest
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Since September is the first month ending in "r," kick off oyster season at this annual Roscoe Village festival. In addition to fresh oysters and Guinness beer, enjoy culinary treats from local restaurants and live music. Suggested Donation $7. Damen and Roscoe; event website
Chipotle Cultivate Festival
Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
This Lincoln Park festival highlights sustainability, food, and music. Check out the "Chipotle Eats" offerings: special dishes created just for the event, such as gorditas, esquites, Shophouse Rice Bowl, and tacos. There is also a beer and wine tasting hall, a local food artisans' hall, and on-site cooking demonstrations by local and national chefs. Attendees who complete at least four of the six educational "experiences," also earn a coupon for a free Chipotle entrée. Free. Stockton and LaSalle; event website