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Eat Your Heart Out at Chicago’s Best Fall Food & Drink Events

Fall is right around the corner, which means it’s time for football, epic foliage, sweaters, pumpkin everything, and—best of all—some of the year’s most anticipated food and drink events. And though Chicagoland’s street fest scene may be calming down as we enter cooler months, its social circuit is only heating up by way of unmissable galas, fundraisers, and festivals—both inside of the city and just beyond. From a fried chicken fest (for a cause) to a week-long celebration of cocktails, here are eight to check out now.

By / September 20, 2017
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2017 Chicago Indie Spirits Expo

The Hilton

2017 marks the 7th year of this festival, which is the world’s largest gathering of small, independent and artisanal spirit brands, such as Chicago's own Amaro Cinpatrazzo, CH Distillery, and KOVAL.

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Common Threads Chicago Board’s 7th Annual Cook-Off

Revel Fulton Market

Join more than 35 of Chicago's top chefs and mixologists as they create some of their favorite dishes and cocktails. The best part? Guests' votes determine winners in five food-focused categories.

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Taste Talks Chicago 2017 Festival

Oct 6, 7:00 PM – Oct 8, 10:00 PM

Revival Food Hall

A weekend of interactive panel discussions, underground dinners, and parties are on tap for the Chicago rendition of this national food festival, which also pops up in Brooklyn, LA, and Miami.

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Madison Cocktail Week

Make the trek to Madison for this annual festival, a celebration of the city’s vibrant cocktail community. The week entails panels, contests, and events featuring local and national talent alike.

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Kohler Food & Wine Experience

Destination Kohler

This weekend brings together some of the nation's leading culinary talent (think Stephanie Izard, Richard Blais, and Jeff Mauro) for a four-day program of interactive seminars, tastings, and fetes.

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Feed Your Mind 2017: Pilot Light’s Annual Benefit

This Chicago-based nonprofit is going big with its 4th annual fundraiser — 20 of the city's premier chefs will create a custom, three-course tasting menu for guests at their own table.

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Fried Chicken & Champagne Fest

Guests can gather at this fundraiser to try takes on fried chicken from some of the city's best chefs, all while sipping on sparkling wines and Champagnes from Kevin Rebhan of Pops for Champagne.

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James Beard Foundation: Taste America

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel

This benefit dinner is cooked by a lineup of culinary all-stars (e.g. Sandra Holl, Andrew Zimmerman, Jenner Tomaska). Come Saturday, Stephanie Izard and Michael Voltaggio lead two free demos.

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Nicole Schnitzler is a freelance writer who covers​ ​food, drink, ​travel, entertainment, and ​lifestyle. When she is not planning her next adventure​​, she can be found​ ​commuting between bakeries, yoga classes,​ live music shows, and libraries ​in her hometown of ​​Chicago. She is most comfortable with a pen in one hand and a fork in the other. Nicole is also the founder of Doors Open Dishes, an initiative committed to keeping the doors open to the group homes and workshops of individuals with special needs by partnering with chefs and restaurants across the city. Follow her on Twitter (@Write_To_Eat) or on Instagram (@WriteToEat).

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