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On the heels of a 10th anniversary celebration, Chicago Gourmet promises a groovin’ 11th year with its 2018 theme – Rock The Fork – celebrating all things food and music.

“This year’s festival explores the connectivity between food and music, two of Chicago’s most beloved cultural institutions,” said Sam Toia, President and CEO of the Illinois Restaurant Association. “The culinary community is incredibly passionate about music, and we’ve learned how much of a role it plays in the industry. We have even unearthed some rising, culinary rock stars! We look forward to presenting a crowd-pleasing lineup that punctuates Chicago’s international reputation as a dynamic, world-class destination.”

It’s time to hit play, because the pre-sale opens Thursday, April 12 at 10 a.m. CST at While supplies last, tickets for the Grand Tasting will be available at $156 per person, per day, or $288 per person for a Weekend Pass. This pricing represents a substantial savings over regularly priced tickets, which are $195 per person, per day, or $310 per person for a Weekend Pass. (NOTE: Regularly priced tickets will immediately become available as pre-sale tickets sell out.)

Grand Cru and travel packages with accommodations by Hyatt Regency Chicago, Langham Chicago and Fairmont Chicago are also available beginning April 12.

Along with the Grand Tasting and popular mainstay events like Hamburger Hop, Late Night Gourmet and Rise & Shine Gourmet, Chicago Gourmet 2018 will feature additional ancillary events kicking off Wednesday, September 26. Harmoniously matched with leading culinary talent, the series will showcase the sounds of jazz, blues, rock, global and more in both iconic music venues and unique locales. From toe-tapping cocktail parties to platinum dinners, this year’s festival will hit all the high notes. Tickets for all ancillary events will go on sale in June.


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