Taste of Chicago May Include Celebrity Chefs

Get ready for 3-course meals from Chicago's best chefs

City of Chicago, rejoice! A mere $40 could get you a three-course meal from the hottest chefs in the industry at this year's Taste of Chicago.

The Chicago Tribune says the city council is mulling over an ordinance that would add a separate-admission event to the food and entertainment festival. Planners imagine it to be a "celebrity chef du jour" tent where foodies not only dine on chef's three-course creations, but also meet the chefs.

Even though nothing's official, some possible chefs on the list include Girl & The Goat's (and Top Chef) Stephanie Izard, Purple Pig's Jimmy Bannos, Mexique's Carlos Gaytan, and Spiagga's Tony Mantuano. (To put the price in perspective, Mexique's chile relleno is priced at $17.95 — we're sold.) Also on the proposal: cooking demonstrations from each day's featured chefs and food items to be sold at the festival, for those who can't attend the dinners. Even though the festival has been slashed to five days (and drew record low numbers last year), we think the addition of celebrity chefs may make up for it.

Can't make it to the festival? There's still plenty of Chicago eateries to check out this summer.