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The curators and editors of Chicago Woman magazine are taking names and finding all of the good stuff that you want—from pantry goods made in Chicago to independent boutiques and designers.

Come to shop, eat and have fun. Be inspired and see what great makers in Chicago are doing. Between shopping, sip on Sunday cocktails, grab lunch, visit the beauty bar, watch our live taping from the market, stop by the kids activities, and relax in the design lounge. Children under 12 are free.

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The first annual Artisan Food Festival featuring artisanal foods created and produced right here in Illinois. Our mission is bringing food products and producers together to celebrate the bounty of our great state.

Many of us remember a day when farms mixed with our houses and neighbors produced our corn. Well, development happens and soon the farms are pushed further and further from our sight. We love our conveniences but crave many elements and the nature of those past times. This festival invites us as a community to rejoin farm fresh favorites with our more sophisticated pallets and ways of dining.

On this one special day, we will join in incredible food, drink, chef’s demos, tasty samples, dance, and music, with items to purchase, food to enjoy, and much much more. The evening will culminate in an extravagant gala in the Butterfly Garden designed and hosted by celebrity chef Katie O’Reilly from the “Katie O’s Food Carnival” TV Show. Themed “under the star filled sky”, the gala will feature farm to table ingredients produced right here in our great state.

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97.1 FM The Drive’s Bacon Bash is BACK!
Hip Hip HOG-RAY, Chicago’s Bacon Bash returns!

Come to The Drake in Oak Brook to dig into a veritable pork-a-palooza of delectable treats! Bacon and pork-inspired dishes from some of the best restaurants and chefs in the Chicagoland area including: Eddie Merlot’s, Michael Jordan’s Restaurant, Katie O’ Reilly’s Food Carnival, Whisk, Ronero, Pork & Mindy’s, Green St. Grille, Son of a Butcher, McWethy’s Tavern, Barrel House Social, Lee N’ Eddies, Rack House Tavern, Famous Dave’s,Two Fat Guys, McQ’s Bar & Grill, Adobe Gila’s, Connie’s Pizza, Cupcakes for Courage, Simply Appetizers, and more to be announced!

4th Annual Mac & Cheese Fest 2017

Saturday, November 4th – UIC Forum

Who doesn’t love max & cheese?

Chicago Reader’s 2017 Best Food Festival Runner-up!


Restaurants interested in participating please email Melinda at

Sponsorship inquiries please contact Cece at

Yelp & Salvation Army’s WinterFest!


We’re partnering with the fantastic Salvation Army to kick off their bell ringing season and do good for the city of Chicago. We’ll be heading to the rooftop of the beautiful new Bulley & Andrews building for a night of food, drinks, fun, a celebrity guest and doing good!

Come celebrate the start of holiday season with Yelp. Bring a coat to donate (or if you’d rather just donate money to the Salvation Army, that’s absolutely fine).

The 8th Annual Taste of the Gold Coast
Cece & Melinda with Raymi Productions
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (CDT)
Chicago, IL

The Fiesta Doesn’t End on Cinco De Mayo!
Party the next day with 97.1 FM The Drive
at our “Fiesta Manana” Celebration Saturday, May 6th
from Noon-2pm at The Drake Hotel Oak Brook!

8th Annual Burger Cook-off

Join CS magazine on June 1st for the ultimate gourmet burger competition between the city’s top restaurants at Exhibit on Superior.