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The first annual Chicago Food + Wine Festival is almost here. Take a look at our list of Top Tips and truly conquer this weekend!

EVENT LOCATIONS

The Grand Tasting and Feast Under the Stars events are located at Lincoln Park Grove 2 and 3, east of North Stockton Drive and north of West La Salle Drive, between the Benjamin Franklin Monument and Grant Monument, adjacent to the park’s South Pond.

See the 2015 Lincoln Park Map here:

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The Toast & Taste event is in Grant Park’s Grove 4 off Columbus in between Congress and Balbo.

The Last Call event takes place on BLOCK 37 shops on State, between Randolph and Washington at 108 N. State Street.

HOURS

On Saturday, Aug 29th and Sunday, Aug 30th gates at Lincoln Park open at 11:00am and close at 4:00pm.

On Saturday, August 29th doors at Grant Park for Toast & Taste will open at 7:00pm.

The doors open at 6:30pm for Feast Under the Stars on Friday the 28th.

Last Call will take place from 9p-12am on Saturday the 29th in Block 37.

WHERE TO PARK

Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis on the street and in the parking garages surrounding the event locations. Parking rates will apply. We encourage you to bike and take advantage of Chicago’s public transportation system by arriving via train or bus.

For info and ADA access and accommodations, please write access@chicagofoodandwine.com.

PICKING UP YOUR PASS

To pick up any passes purchased within 14 days of the festival for Will Call pickup, you can go to Box Office, located just outside the Lincoln Park entrance.

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Lincoln Park
August 28-29 from 9am-5pm
August 30 from 10am-3pm

Grant Park
August 29 from 6pm-9pm

Tickets to Toast & Taste may be picked up at the entrance of Grant Park on August 29th between 6pm and 9pm.

Remember Your Pass & ID – You’ll need to have both with you to access the Festival, so don’t leave home without them! Just a friendly reminder that the Chicago Food + Wine Festival is 21+ and children and infants are not permitted at the event.

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PLAN YOUR SCHEDULE

Be sure to check out the schedule before the weekend to plan out your preferred, demos, panels and activities. Seating begins 15 minutes prior to each demo and will be on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to arrive early!

MEET THE TALENT

Meet your favorite chefs and pick up a signed cookbook! Swing by the Book Signing Tent on both Saturday and Sunday, then head to the Festival Store to check out our 2015 festival merchandise and take home your own copy of other featured books by the Festival’s top chefs and talent!

PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER

Though most events will be held under tents, be sure to pack sunscreen with you. August in Chicago gets up into the 80s and can drop down into the 60s, so dress in layers for maximum comfort through the day.

Remember that Lincoln Park and Grant Park are grass-covered and not ideal terrain for high heels. Most importantly, dress comfortably so you can maximize your time at the festival!

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CONNECT WITH US

Follow along the festival fun all weekend and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Remember to use the festival hashtag when sharing your photos: #cfwfest

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

All-In passes, one day passes for Saturday and Sunday and limited evening event tickets are available for purchase online.