Windy City Wine Festival

Things to do, Festivals Buckingham Fountain , Grant Park Friday September 7 2018 - Saturday September 8 2018
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Windy City Wine Festival
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Sample more than 300 wines from around the world at this annual sommelier extravaganza at Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. Area restaurants and caterers will be serving up their signature dishes while bands provide musical accompaniment to your wine tasting journey.

Venue name: Buckingham Fountain

Cross street: at Congress Pkwy
Opening hours: Daily 8am–11pm, April–October
Transport: EL stop: Red to Harrison; Brown, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Library. Bus: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 14, 26, 28, 126, 145, 146, 147.
Price: $45, advance $35, designated driver $15
Event website:
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    • Buckingham Fountain $45, advance $35, designated driver $15 Buy tickets
    • Buckingham Fountain $45, advance $35, designated driver $15 Buy tickets
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After standing in line for over an hour approximately 30 to 40 people, myself included were told that we would not be allowed to pay at the gate because they had a max capacity of 5000 people which would be reached if everyone purchasing tickets online showed up.  THIS only after during that  hour workers from Kemperlesnick  told us 30 min then 45 mins.  We finally spoke with Brent, who apparently doesn't have a last name, who told us we were being turned away after all that time so they would not "jeopardize the experience " for their attending  guests. Unbelievable!