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October 14-17, 2018
Pack Expo International
Chicago, Illinois
Pack Expo International is the largest processing and packaging trade show in the world.  Co-located with Healthcare Packaging EXPO, the event features a marketplace of 2,400+ exhibitors displaying processing and packaging equipment and technologies for virtually every vertical market, drawing 50,000 attendees and offering free educational presentations in several venues on the show floor.  Attendance: 50,000.

October 15-19, 2018  National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.


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October 2-4, 2017  Global Summit on Food & Beverages
Chicago, Illinois
Theme: Sustainable Intensification of Food Production

October 6-8, 2017 - The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival
Highwood, Illinois
Events include a parade, music, 5k race and fun run, costume and carving competitions, and food vendors.  The Autism Society of Illinois and the City of Highwood are proud to announce the 5th Annual Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival.  With the goal of bringing communities together, the Festival will help carve out hope, possibilities and options for the 52,000 individuals impacted by Autism in Illinois.


October 6-8, 2017
Maize: The Heartland's Corn
Chicago, Illinois
Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance. Corn Symposium.

October 6-8, 2017
38th Annual Harvest Daze
Watseka, Illinois
Iroqouis County Historical Society Old Courthouse Museum.  Food, entertainment, craft sales, car show, antique tractors show.

October 7-8, 2017 - 32nd Annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest - Taylorville, Illinois
The annual Greater Taylorville Chamber of Commerce Chillifest on the Taylorville square  promises 2 days of great food and entertainment.  The event, which is a fund-raiser for the Chamber, includes 2 days of International Chilli Society sanctioned judging, entertainment on both the south main stage, and for the 2nd year on the north stage.  Chilli and Pepsi products will again be sold by the Chamber in the tent on the southeast side of the Courthouse lawn.  Many other food, arts and crafts vendors will also offer their wares all around the square.  New this year is a “Kidzone” tent on the southwest side of the square with kid-friendly events both days.  (also: )

October 12, 2017  The Whisky Extravaganza - Chicago, Illinois
Features a sampling of unlimited expressions of the world's finest whiskies.   Each event is held at the finest hotels and private clubs in the United States to ensure an elegant, comfortable and relaxed environment. Tickets by advance purchase only.

October 15-20, 2017  Lincoln Square Ravenswood Restaurant Week
Chicago, Illinois
Attention Food Lovers! Plan to dine your way through the Lincoln Square Ravenswood neighborhood during Restaurant Week! More than 20 participating restaurants will offer special promotions, limited-time prix-fixe menus, drink specials or free appetizers, making it easy for diners to try new foods and sample many unique cuisines.

October 19, 2017  IFMA Fundamentals Seminar - Rosemont, Illinois
IFMA - International Foodservice Manufacturers Association.  The foodservice industry is evolving and our industry can no longer be inwardly focused. The Foodservice Fundamentals provides a primer on not only the industry, but the consumers and operators that create and drive demand. The program’s new data and fast-paced training will provide attendees increased understanding of the new foodservice landscape to aid in strategy development as well as sales/marketing plans.

October 21-24, 2017  Food & Nutrition Conference & Exhibition
Chicago, Illinois
Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

October 24-25, 2017  International Wine & Fine Food Expo
Chicago, Illinois
The International Wine & Fine Food Expo is the top industry event in the Midwest, connecting manufacturers with premier food and wine proprietors from throughout the US.

October 25-29, 2017  Sycamore Pumpkin Festival - Sycamore, Illinois
The Courthouse lawn is the center of activities, including thousands of decorated pumpkins on display, there are also art and craft shows, a house walk, a pie eating contest, a carnival, a fun fair, a race and other events.

October 27-28, 2017  James Beard Foundation's Taste America
Chicago, Illinois
James Beard Foundation’s Taste America national epicurean tour, featuring one-night-only collaborative dinners.  Enjoy a unique, one-night only menu created by a Taste America All-Star joined by an elite team of notable local chefs. These exclusive dining events are perfect for the food enthusiast, as well as offering ideal entertaining opportunities for executives, clients, media, and VIPs.  See website for ticket prices and details for each city.

October 27-28, 2017  CoffeeCon Chicago - Chicago, Illinois
CoffeeCon is the world’s first all-consumer coffee festival that features tasting the best coffees, hands-on trying the best brewing gear and onsite classes to improve your prowess as an at-home barista.

October 28, 2017  Halloween Festival & Parade - Glen Ellyn, Illinois
A Spooktacular Event where an average of 2,500 happy children with their parents participate in the parade, go Trick-or-Treating at participating local businesses, enjoy festival entertainment & crafts.

October 29, 2017  Andersonville Dessert Crawl
Andersonville, Chicago, Illinois
The Andersonville Dessert Crawl features mouthwatering desserts from restaurants in Chicago’s wonderful Andersonville neighborhood. Choose between two routes, each filled with favorites!  It’s trick-or-treating with a gourmet – and Andersonville – flair! More than twenty restaurants in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood will showcase their sweetest and most delicious dishes from 2:00-5:00PM. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 on the day of the event.


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October 15-16, 2016 - Morton Punkin Chuckin Contest


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October 2-3, 2015 - Old Capitol Blues & BBQ - Springfield, Illinois
Features 40+ BBQ competitiors and vendors; locally and nationally known Blues talent and children's activities. $5 adult admission; 12 and under free.

October 14, 2015  Story Of Sockeye Salmon Workshops
Chicago, Illinois
In partnership with the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association (BBRSDA), we're teaming up with Member chefs Kyle Mendenhall (The Kitchen Denver, CO), William Dissen (The Market Place, NC), and Johnny Anderes (The Kitchen Chicago, IL) to offer two educational hands-on Story of Sockeye salmon workshops and tasting events for chefs and food professionals in Denver and Chicago this October.

October 27, 2015  Italian Expo - Chicago, Illinois
Italian Expo Chicago is the best business event in the Midwest area designed to create points of contact between Italian manufacturers and the main actors in the US industry.


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October 4, 2014  The Great Chicago Fire Festival - Chicago, Illinois
What Mardi Gras is to New Orleans. And the Running of the Bulls is to Pamplona. That's what the Great Chicago Fire Festival will become to the Windy City.  Created to unite the neighborhoods of Chicago and show the world its strength, the GCFF will express the city's unique character by celebrating Chicago's epic resurgence following the fire of 1871.

October 4-5, 2014  12th Annual Scarecrow Festival - Galesburg, Illinois
Enjoy the 12th Annual Scarecrow Festival held in Standish Park Arboretum. Enjoy live entertainment, handmade crafts, children's activities, food and much more. Visitors view and vote on their favorite scarecrows to win prizes in 5 different categories.

October 11-13, 2014  16th FENI Educators Summit - Chicago, Illinois
FoodService Educators Network International. The FENI Educators Summit, with a commitment to taking education to new heights, has expanded its culinary educational opportunities to include pastry and confectionery master classes.


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October 12, 2013  Girard Pumpkin Festival - Girard, Illinois
Crafts, vendors, pet costume contest, hayrack rides, face painting, pumpkin carving and painting contest, chili contest. Air powered, human powered and mechanical Pumpkin Chunkin Contest.


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October 20, 2012  8th Annual Drinking & Writing Festival 2012
Chicago, Illinois
Celebrates the life and work of Chicago”s own Mike Royko, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, softball player, and voice of the people.  Join us for a day of drink and discussion.




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