Chipotle's Cultivate Festival skips Chicago

Burrito lovers, we feel your pain

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Richard Blais gives a demonstration at the first Cultivate Festival in 2011.

Richard Blais gives a demonstration at the first Cultivate Festival in 2011. Photograph: Krystal Thibault

Chipotle’s inaugural Cultivate Festival was held in Lincoln Park in 2011 and has returned to the location for the past two years. The one-day food and music festival expanded to San Francisco and Denver over the past two years as well, but the burrito celebration won’t be returning to Chicago in 2014. Earlier this week, Chipotle announced that San Francisco, Minneapolis and Dallas–Ft. Worth will be the host cities for this year’s Cultivate events.


It’s not a huge loss for the already crowded summer festival scene; if you want to see some bands there’s a street festival every weekend and if you’re interested in watching cooking demos, there’s Chicago Gourmet and Taste of Chicago. And if you need a burrito fix, your neightborhood Chipotle is just a few steps away.


While Chipotle's festival may be leaving Chicago, they'll be giving back to the city in other ways. On Earth Day this year, Chicago Area Chipotle restaurants will be donating 50 percent of their proceeds to the local branch of the nonprofit organization the Kitchen Community, which helps schools and neighborhoods plant gardens.


You’ll need to mention the Kitchen Community when you order at Chipotle between the hours of 5pm and 8pm on April 22. If you still find yourself missing Cultivate Festival, just take your burrito over to Lincoln Park and crank some Walk the Moon jams on your headphones. 



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