Summer Food features more than 90 recipes for light and flavorful fare for every meal of the day—from brunch favorites to light suppers, refreshing cocktails, and fruit-forward desserts. Dishes like grilled escarole with plums and goat cheese; salmon with crème fraiche and garden herbs; quinoa with capers, torn basil, and tomatoes; and lamb burgers with minty pesto celebrate the fresh flavors of the season and are well suited for sharing with friends and family at alfresco meals. Gorgeous, photography throughout the book showcases the simplicity and beauty of summer cooking. Stunning scenic photography of the seaside, finished dishes, and summer ingredients, emphasize the book’s carefree nature and style.

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Come out for Chicago Land Area’s Greatest Rib Fest and Carnival!
Meet Porky, Enjoy Live Music and get a thrill at Chicagolands Largest Carnival!
Over 30 Carnival Rides
Finger Lickin’ Ribs prepared by BBQ Vendors from across the Country
Vendors of all kinds
Live Music All Weekend Long – Country! Classic Rock! Blues!

Dates: June 11 – 14
Location: Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL

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Come celebrate with your favorite American breweries
American Beer Classic is the ultimate opportunity to celebrate and experience America’s finest beers. Sample and learn from a diverse lineup of breweries while connecting with other beer enthusiasts.

Educational Sessions
For beer lovers hoping to learn more about their favorite beverage, American Beer Classic offers several educational sessions during the festival. Join us to dive into all things craft beer, learn directly from the brewers, and understand the art of creating a world-class beer. Information and schedules for 2015 sessions coming soon.

A day at the stadium filled with beer tasting requires good food to fuel the good time. American Beer Classic will offer all of your ballpark classics for a fully authentic experience. Think hot dogs, burgers, pretzels, and more – the best type of fare to wash down with a cold one!

Date: May 9th
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago, IL.

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The Randolph Street Market Festival is home to the world-renowned Chicago Antique Market, Indie Designer Market, Modern Vintage Chicago and the Holiday Market. As seen in Travel & Leisure, the NY Times, Lucky Magazine and featured on TV news shows and web casts, the Randolph Street Market Festival is considered “a mecca of cool”, “the best hot spot for antiquing”, “the best Chicago venue for people watching”, and “the Barney’s of Vintage”. Celebrity designer Nate Berkus says, “I love this market…the quality is incredible!” As one of Chicago’s most happening monthly parties, Randolph Street Market has become the summer destination!

This European-style, indoor-outdoor urban antique market in the historic West Loop neighborhood features 200 select purveyors of high quality, amazingly priced “finds”, offering unlimited creative inspiration and hours of fun. Shoppers can find furnishings, vintage clothing, jewelry, collectibles, etc.

APRIL 25+26, 2015
Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Plumbers Hall – Indoors Only
1340 W. Washington – Chicago, IL
Free Parking In Huge Onsite Lot!

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Sample Desserts, Wine & Champagne From Chicago’s Best Restaurants, Bakeries & Vendors. This will be one event you do not want to miss!

Want to feature your restaurant or bakery? Please email for more info!

Join us for the 29th Annual Berghoff Oktoberfest, September 10 – 12, 2014 (Wednesday – Friday). Be part of Chicago’s largest, longest-running Oktoberfest celebration with free daily admission from 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m., at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza. The opening ceremony on Wednesday, September 10, begins at 11:00 a.m., including a traditional toast to kick-off the outdoor celebration.

Friday: 5 pm to 10 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 10 pm; Sunday: 11 am to 7 pm
Location: Southport & Lincoln Ave | Chicago
Beneficiary: St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church

Bring on autumn and pull out the lederhosen! One of Chicagos most popular celebrations of fall and all things Bavarian — Oktoberfest Chicago at St. Alphonsus — returns for its 14th year of seasonal revelry. It takes place both in and outside the iconic church located in Chicago’s demographically hot West Lakeview neighborhood.

Adding to the weekend’s excitement is Friday’s popular craft beer “tasting night” in the parish’s German Hall.

Another highlight (in addition to beer, brats, pretzels, and pop/German acts on two music stages) is Sunday afternoon’s “Kinderfest” featuring games and other activities for youngsters and families.

The ultimate guide to Chicago’s food scene provides the inside scoop on the best places to find, enjoy, and celebrate local culinary offerings. Written for residents and visitors alike to find producers and purveyors of tasty local specialties, as well as a rich array of other, indispensable food-related information including: food festivals and culinary events; specialty food shops; farmers’ markets and farm stands; trendy restaurants and time-tested iconic landmarks; and recipes using local ingredients and traditions.


Americans love to celebrate and share their unique and delicious regional culinary specialties- from Maine lobsters to Gilroy garlic to Texas barbeque to Idaho mashed potatoes. Now, award- winning chef and food journalist James Fraioli has culled the best recipes from the finest food festivals across the United States to delight and inspire cooks everywhere of every level. The wide range of recipes included here are all simple to make, with basic, easy-to-find ingredients. Complete with photographs and featuring a delightful portrait of the festivals themselves, this one- of-a-kind cookbook is certain to satisfy food lovers.


Chicago Food Social will bring together food aficionados in an affordable, accessible, and entertaining manner.  The best local food trucks plus chef driven restaurant vendors, chef demonstrations, live music by Empty Bottle Presents and more!

So far this year Chef Carlos Gaytan from Mexique and Chef Stephen Dunne from Volo Restaurant & Wine Bar are confirmed chef demonstrators. The superb culinary skills from some of the top students at the nationally acclaimed Kendall College will also be on display, along with more local chef demonstrations, plus hands-on culinary activities for adults and kids.

Proceeds benefit Ever Thrive Illinois,champions for healthy communities, Ever Thrive works to improve the health of women, children, and families over the lifespan through community engagement, partnerships, policy analysis, education, and advocacy.