Pinot Days Chicago is scheduled for Saturday, March 21 in the Lakeview Terrace room on Navy Pier, the Windy City’s top tourist destination.
The Grand Festival will run from 2 to 5 p.m. that day, and tickets are priced at $75 per person. A VIP ticket, which costs $50 more, gets you in two hours earlier and includes a special tasting and seminar. (The VIP event is sold out, but there is a waiting list.) And if you’d simply like to get a one-hour head start on the rest of the Grand Festival attendees (entrance to the main tasting at 1 p.m.), the cost is $100.
Leading up to the event, a number of local restaurants will be hosting winemaker dinners, local wine bars will be offering food-and-wine pairings, and even some downtown boutiques will be offering samples. All will have one thing in common: Pinot Noir.
The list of participating wineries numbered more than 65 when last I checked, and you can view the updated list here: http://www.pinotdays.com/Exhibitors.asp?Year_id=2015&Loc_ID=CHI
Giving some serious thought to going? You can find a ticket order form here: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/8th-annual-chicago-pinot-days-tickets-12324726589
Based on the list of wineries and the venue, I can pretty much guarantee you a great time, no matter which “experience” you select.
As for the weather… good luck!