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Chicago Gourmet Hamburger Hop, Late Night Gourmet Tickets On Sale Thursday

By Chuck Sudo in Food on Aug 7, 2013 8:45PM

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Chicago Gourmet is less than two months away but tickets to this year's Hamburger Hop, the popular kickoff event for the weekend festival, go on sale 10 a.m. Aug. 8.

Now some of you may look at the $115 per person price tag for the Sept. 27 event and scoff but the event attracts some of the best and brightest chefs in Chicago in a judged competition. The real winners here are the attendees who get to sample the chefs' wares and wash them down with an ample supply of beer, wine and cocktails. Tickets to the Hamburger Hop have arguably become more popular than Chicago Gourmet, so anyone interested in attending should jump on this when tickets go on sale Thursday.

Chicago Gourmet's organizers are adding a Late Night Gourmet afterparty this year at the Radisson BLU Hotel. Admission to that is $50 and also go on sale 10 a.m. Thursday. You also have the option of attending both events for the cool price of $150.