Whisky Fest Chicago
If you’re into fruits and grains, you will want to attend Whisky Fest Chicago, an opportunity to check out as many of the 350 whiskies—including some rare pours—as you responsibly can.
Bao Eating Contest
(Water Tower Place)
Ten competitors, two minutes, and the chance to win a year’s worth of Chinese dumplings.
(November 6, 1pm-2pm)
Festival of Barrel-Aged Beer
(Credit Union 1 Arena)
North America’s largest and most prestigious barrel-aged beer festival, FoBAB, featuring brews that have spent time getting familiar with their wood.
There are a lot of unusual gifts of German origin at this annual event, but we go for the festive Glühwein, sausages and specialties from many regions of Germany.
(November 19-December 24)
(Lincoln Park Zoo)
Watch and—after a few frosty beers and cocktail specials—maybe talk to the animals at this annual nighttime extravaganza.
(November 19-January 2)
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