Grand Chefs Experience
Cystic fibrosis, a most worthy cause, continues to get support from Chicago chefs, who custom-curate food and drink for this annual black-tie-optional event.
Chicago Whiskey Festival
(Old Crow Smokehouse River North)
It’s not easy pairing wines with barbeque, so go with the hard stuff—lots of it—including bourbon and Scotch.
Chinese Lunar New Year
Celebrate the Year of the Dog by watching the dragon parade and then gorge on a superb selection of regional Chinese cuisine, value-priced, at local restaurants.
World’s Largest Mardi Gras Bar Crawl
(Rush & Division district)
Beads, boas, booze, babes, bros, Bud Light. You get the idea.
Dark Beer Festival
(Emporium Arcade Bar)
Come over to the Darkside to sample and explore craft dark beers. You may never drink Guinness again.
Author: David Hammond
Dining and Drinking Editor for Newcity, David also writes a weekly food column for Wednesday Journal in Oak Park and is a frequent contributor of food/drink and travel pieces to the Chicago Tribune, Plate Magazine and other publications. David has also contributed chapters to several books, including “Street Food Around the World,” “Street Food,” and “The Chicago Food Encyclopedia.” Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org