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Choose Chicago, in partnership with the Illinois Restaurant Association, announces the return of James Beard Eats Week, taking place April 27–May 7, 2018.

Inspired by James Beard, known as the “Dean of American Cookery,” James Beard Eats Week is an 11- day culinary celebration featuring more than 130 restaurants offering offer an inspired menu or dish in honor of the culinary legend. James Beard Eats Week precedes the 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards Gala to be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 at the Lyric Opera of Chicago.

Every restaurant taking part in James Beard Eats Week makes a $100 donation to the James Beard Foundation Scholarship Fund, which directly supports aspiring Chicago culinary students. The James Beard Eats Week program raised $13,600 in 2017 through program donations. Last year, the James Beard Foundation established a James Beard Foundation Greens chapter in Chicago. JBF Greens events are for ‘foodies under 40’ —food lovers between the ages of 21 and 39.

James Beard Eats Week is produced by Choose Chicago and the Illinois Restaurant Association and supported by the Exclusive Local Print Media Partner, Chicago magazine.


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