West Town Food Truck Social
(Noble at Chicago, near Eckhart Park)
Check out 5411 Empanadas, Whadda Jerk, Harold’s Chicken, DönerMen and other food trucks with street-smart servings. Free; $20 sampler tickets available.
Lincoln Square Ravenswood Apple Fest
(Lincoln Avenue between Lawrence and Eastwood)
Cider and other apple-influenced drinks and food are served, some prepared by chefs accompanied by live music. It’s a fall festival of fruit, with a $5 suggested donation.
Beer Tasting in the Garden
(Chicago Botanic Garden)
Day drinking amidst botanic splendor, featuring beers from Band of Bohemia, Half Acre Beer Company and Church Street Brewing. $27 in advance gets you more beer than you probably want to drink (and this event is popular, so advance tickets are recommended).
Bloody Mary Fest
(Theater on the Lake)
Do yoga or run along the lake, get healthy and then drink bloodys while enjoying brunch bites as a reward. $25-$80 gets you a day of exercise and tipsy good times.
Taste America Chicago
(Prime & Provisions, Builders BLDG)
A James Beard event that brings together Chicago chefs to strut their stuff and serve their chow and cocktails. Only seventy-four guests will be served, but you can still get on the waitlist.
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