Speaking of food, there'll be cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs and wine experts, such as chefs Scott Walton and Thomas Rice of Markethouse Restaurant. Hearty Boys Steve McDonagh and Dan Smith, from the Food Network's Party Line With The Hearty Boys, will also do a cooking demo. Maybe the guys will show us how to make a dish from the menu at Hearty, their new Chicago restaurant set to open on Nov. 4.
Aside from the clinking of wine glasses and drunken laughter, you'll also hear live jazz, blues and light rock from local bands on a music stage. Don't forget to scarf down a "cheezborger" from the legendary Billy Goat Tavern or get some Mexican from Zocalo's booth.
Wine-tasting tickets cost $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. The price includes a souvenir wine glass and 10 tastings. If 10 tastings aren't enough, winos can buy additional $5 tasting coupons at the festival to get another 10 samples. The fest encourages drinking responsibly, so designated driver tickets are available for $10 in advance or at the gate. The DD ticket gets you everything a regular admission would, except in lieu of tastings, you'll receive two non-alcoholic drinks. Tickets can be purchased online or by phone at (847) 382-1480.
[Photo: Windy City Wine Festival]