DOWNTOWN — Advance tickets to Chicago Gourmet, the two-day food and wine festival in Millennium Park, went on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday and sold out in under 90 minutes.
That beat last year's record by a few minutes, a spokeswoman for the festival said.
At $125 each, the early-bird tickets cost six bucks more than last year. Full-priced tickets, now on sale, cost $170, up $11 from last year. Weekend passes are $275, up $10 from last year.
The outdoor event on Sept. 27 and 28 is sponsored by Bon Appetit magazine and Southern Wine & Spirits. It's a packed schedule of tastings, cooking demos, seminars, book signings and more tastings.
Last year was its biggest yet, with more than 12,000 attendees, more chefs and more food, thanks to an extra dessert tasting pavilion and a marketplace with goods from local purveyors.
Go to the Chicago Gourmet website for more details and to buy tickets.