July Chicago Food Events: Better than Leftovers

When we wrote about the Taste of Chicago earlier this week, reader "Eve in Hochelaga" lamented that she will be visiting Chicago just as the festival ends and jokingly asked, "Is there a Taste of Leftovers festival?"

Not to worry, Eve. There's nothing by that name that we know of, but there are plenty of food (and drink) events throughout the month of July.

Here are our picks:

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July 12 Couldn't make it to American Craft Beer Fest in Boston? No problem. AleFest Chicago will feature more than 150 craft beers at Soldier Field. $40. (AleFest will also be in Columbus, Ohio, tomorrow, and in Dayton, Ohio, on August 23.)

July 15 The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival in Grant Park is not a food event per se, but it is the perfect picnic opportunity. If you're visiting from out of town and can't make your own spread, Pastoral (53 E. Lake) offers lavish picnics to go. The festival kicks off with a screening of "All About Eve" and runs weekly on Tuesdays through August 26. Admission is free.

July 17 The Green City Market is usually the place to be for fresh, local vegetables and fruit, but it will be all about barbecue for the Green City Market Summer BBQ Festival. More than 50 Chicago chefs will be on hand, including Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard, Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill and Topolobampo), Paul Kahan and Koren Grieveson (Blackbird and Avec), Bruce Sherman (North Pond Cafe) and Paul Virant (Vie). See the full list here. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the gate and children are $10.

July 25-27 Just south of the city limits in Whiting, Ind., Pierogi Fest is a stuffed-dough lover's dream. The festivities include the Polka Parade, appearances by Mr. Pierogi and, of course, more pierogis than you could ever dream of eating. Admission is free.

Related: Taste of Chicago: Make at Home Bites

(Image: liz_noise, licensed under Creative Commons, and Green City Market)