Quick: Who would you rather spot on Michigan Avenue? Jon Hamm or Bobby Flay? If you went with the Throwdown! star, get tickets now for these two can’t-miss foodie events in September. Trust us, they’ll sell out fast.
Food Network in Concert at Ravinia Whoever decided it would be fun to gorge on desserts while listening to John Mayer was a total genius. At this food-and-music mash-up in Highland Park, you can take a wine class, sample gourmet hot dogs, meet celebrity chefs like Sunny Anderson and Anne Burrell and take in sets by big-name performers. Check out the full schedule here. September 20, tickets $100 to $300; Ravinia Festival, 200 Ravinia Park Rd.; foodnetworkinconcert.com
Hamburger Hop Want to get in on the Chicago Gourmet action--minus the lines? Go to this night-before kickoff party that brings together Chicago’s best chefs for an epic burger battle. Sponsor Lagunitas Brewing Company (which has just opened a massive Chicago taproom) will pair beers with decadent food like last year’s winning kimchi-topped burger with carrot bacon. September 26, tickets $115; Harris Theater Rooftop in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph St.; chicagogourmet.org