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Great Chicago Places & Spaces for foodies

This weekend, the City of Chicago presents the 10th annual Great Chicago Places & Spaces, a program that features more than 200 free tours covering a vast array of topics such as art and architecture, neighborhood history, shopping, and of particular interest for wasabigelatine readers, food. All events are free; the caveat is that you can only get tickets starting at 7:30 AM the day of the tour you’re interested in. Expect long lines.

To make things easier for my delightful readers, I’ve sorted through all of the listings and present only the food-related events below.

Saturday, May 17

Chicago Chocolate Tours
Enjoy a fun, educational walking and tasting tour of select chocolate shops. See the architecture and gardens of the Magnificent Mile in a new way and discover some hidden chocolate treasures.
2:00 PM/2 hrs.

Eat Out with Time Out Chicago
Discover how the interior of a restaurant can enhance a dining and drinking experience. Cutting-edge design, historical significance, color scheme and the vision of owners and chefs can be just as revealing as the cuisine being served.
12:00 PM/2 hrs.

Fraiche Kitchen
Tour two of Chicago’s premier farmers markets with chefs that are dedicated to local, seasonal, and sustainable food. Also visit a restaurant with an award-winning design and intriguing menu.
9:00 AM/2½ hrs.

Gyros and Burritos: A Tour of Greek Town and Pilsen
Tour Chicago’s Greek Town and Pilsen neighborhoods and experience the unique sights, sounds, and smells of these two great cultures. [That's Mexican culture for Pilsen. No word on whether there will actually be eating involved on this tour.]
1:00 PM/1½ hrs.

Taste of Design
Feast your eyes on some of Chicago’s uniquely seasoned designed restaurants. Overload the senses with deliciously prepared spaces and sweetly designed decor.
11:45 AM/2 hrs.

Sunday, May 18

Chicago Chocolate Tours
Same as above.
3:00 PM/2 hrs.

New Maxwell Street Market
Come ready to shop and bargain at the relocated site of the original Maxwell Street Market. Catch some local blues and explore vendors of diverse ethnicity with goods ranging from food, produce, and spices to new and old goods. [Note: there are some really tasty tamales and gorditas at the market.]
11:00 AM/2½ hrs.

Tickets are available only at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S. Michigan. For more info, visit

One Comment

  1. Cat wrote:

    “Gyros and Burritos”? Sounds like heaven!

    Wednesday, May 14, 2008 at 11:19 am | Permalink

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