Time Out Chicago's Grilled Cheese Meltdown

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Time Out Chicago's Grilled Cheese Meltdown

We're celebrating the beauty of this classic dish at Time Out Chicago's third annual Grilled Cheese Meltdown on Sunday, October 15 at SPiN. We asked some of our favorite grilled cheese-makers—including Community Tavern, Jerry's Sandwiches and Slightly Toasted (and many more!)to put their own unique twist on the comforting sandwich. The results will be showcased at the event for your carbo-loading pleasure, and we'll crown a winner at the end of the day. We'll also have sides and hot sauce available at the Flavor Station provided by Cholula Hot Sauce. Between bites, enjoy tunes from DJ WindyTimmy, ping pong, giveaways, a photo booth and more.

We're hosting three tasting sessions (11:30am–1:30pm2–4pm and 4:30–6:30pm), which include bites from each restaurant and complimentary wines from Jam Jar. Tickets are available now for $20–$25. Grab your finest stretchy pants and say cheese!

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If loving melty cheese and bread is wrong, tough, I want it all! The Grilled Cheese Meltdown is an incredible display of how you can dress up the classic with lots of creative spins. The sample card is a great way to keep track of what you're tasting from where. The event itself is a wonderful way to get familiar with restaurants you may not be familiar with. Of course there's Gayle's - shout out to my fave! But beyond that and maybe a couple of others, I had never heard of some of the restaurants that had killer Grilled Cheeses. I liked the fact that the event wasn't packed so I had a chance to talk to each of the vendors and get a bit of information about their locations and offerings. Being at SPIN was a super fun way to spend a Sunday, playing ping pong and taking in a riveting game of giant connect 4. As always, Time Out put on a fantastic event unlike anything you can really find anywhere else in Chicago. If you love grilled cheese, you simply must attend and if you don't love grilled cheese, I have to question your taste! Just kidding, but not really :) 


One of the best events I've been to in Chicago! Pilsen's Thalia Hall was such an unexpected venue - picture yourself roaming around a beautiful vintage concert hall, gourmet grilled cheese in one hand, beer in the other, and a DJ spinning from an opera box above. Not only was the music and ambiance on point, these were no ordinary grilled cheese. We were given sample cards to cross off all 10 restaurants and a ticket to vote on the winner. My favorite was a sandwich from Dusek's named "The Sticky Menage." (17 year old Irish cheddar, black truffle and marmalade) Other restaurants also included unique ingredients - braised short rib, blueberry jam and caramelized onions. Picking a winner was tough. They were all delicious, but I ultimately choose the Sticky Menage because of its clever name, I'm a sucker for anything with truffle, and the the employees performed a victory dance with every vote (c'mon, I had to). This is an annual event - save the date!  


Great little event! There was a ton of GC to choose from. Our favorites were the toasty cheese & MJ steakhouse. So delicious. Also Gails was damn good too! There really wasn't a bad sandwich.

The DJ was jamming and folks were mingling.

This event was amazing! My husband and I had so much fun eating a variety of grilled cheese, drinking beer and jamming to an amazing DJ. This is definitely something we will do again.