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Chicago’s 8th Annual Windy City Wine Festival 2012

Chicago’s 8th annual Windy City Wine Festival 2012 is coming to Grant Park!
Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user...
Buckingham Fountain at night. Kelvin Kay, user:kkmd (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
WHEN: Friday, September 7, 2012  from 4-10 PM
Saturday, September 8, 2012 from  3-9 PM
WHERE: Buckingham Fountainin Grant Park

English: Buckingham Fountain
English: Buckingham Fountain (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Adult Wine Tasting Ticket $28 in advance or $35 at the door. “This ticket includes a souvenir wine glass, ten tastings, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment and the opportunity to purchase wine at a discount.”Designated Driver Ticket $10 in advance or at the door. This ticket includes two non-alcoholic drinks, Festival Program, Food & Wine seminars, cooking demonstrations, musical entertainment, souvenir wine glass upon departure. Under 21 admitted free when accompanied by paid adult.
Chicago’s Buckingham Fountain At Night

Gaze at Chicago’s incredible horizontal evening cityscape and watch the light-show at Buckingham Fountain for an incredible “Vino con Vista” experience.

Watch this YouTube video of the Windy City Wine Festival http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8qiWMpieX8M

What could possibly be better than going to Grant Park in September at dusk and sipping wine from all over the world while listening to live music?

Chicago Skyline at night from Grant Park

Chicago’s 8th Annual Windy City Wine Festival is the place to be. The Windy City Wine Festival is held at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park in Chicago.

Chicago WIndy City Wine Festival 2011
Buckingham Fountain in Chicago

Chicago Restaurants

Taste some of the delightful wines including the Cabernet Reserva from Cass Winery and the Spanish Rioja.

Some of the other wineries include: Chicago based Cooper’s Hawk and  Lynfred Winery, Wollersheim Winery, Reggae Wines and Fess Parker.

Here’s a link to the full list of wineries for 2012:


Lynfred Winery at the Windy City Wine Festival


Reggae Wines at the Chicago Wine Festival 2011

Chicago Windy City Wine Festival 2011
French Wines at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011

Try the Fess Parker Winery Pinot Noir. The festival features more than 270 wines from around the world with wine tasting seminars.

Foodies can flock to the food booths where local restaurants will offer their signature dishes. Last year I liked the Markethouse Restaurant’s very tasty pulled pork sandwich and cornbread. I also liked the steak sandwich at Sullivan’s Steakhouse and The Melting Pot’s fondue.

Sullivan’s Steak Sandwich on a Pretzel Roll-YUM!
Sullivan’s Steakhouse at the Windy CIty Wine Festival in Chicago 2011
Kendall College at the WIndy City WIne Festival in Chicago 2011

Here’s the food line-up from the website:

Caoba Mexican   Grill and Bar 1619 N. Damen Avenue Chicago, IL   60647 773-342-2622 www.caobachicago.com Fire it Up A premier mobile catering service, brings the restaurant to you! 630-984-5240           http://fireituptruck.com/
Markethouse   Restaurant 300 E. Ohio Street Chicago, IL   60611-3308 312-224-2200 www.markethousechicago.com Sullivan’s   Steakhouse 415 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-527-3510 www.sullivansteakhouse.com
The Melting   Pot 609 N. Dearborn Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-573-0011 www.meltingpot.com Weber Grill Restaurant 539 N. State Street Chicago, IL   60654 312-467-9696 www.webergrillrestaurant.com

Last year, Kendall College sent some of their future chefs to the event. There will be cooking demonstrations by top chefs and samples from gourmet food companies. Take time to stroll through the lovely gardens at Grant Park. Our city planners attempted to make Grant Park a “Paris on the Prarie”. This is a great “Vino con Vista” Venue!

Here’s the Entertainment Schedule:

Friday, September 7       4:00-10:00 pm

6:15-6:45 pm Eric Swanson,      Tenzing Sake Specialist

6:55-7:25 pm            Michelle Gerber, Banfi Vintners


Saturday, September 8 3:00-9:00 pm


5:15-5:50 pm “Barefoot  Sweet Wine Sangria Competition – Who Can Cool Down the Fall with the Best  Sangria?” JAMES BEGLEY, E & J GALLO
6:00-6:30 pm Eric Swanson, Tenzing Sake Specialist


Grant Park Garden in Chicago
Fountains in Grant Park in Chicago
Live Entertainment at Chicago’s Windy City WIne Festival 2011

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Apps @ www.vino.con.vista.com

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