Gapers Block has ceased publication.

Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
 Thank you for your readership and contributions. 


Saturday, September 24

Gapers Block

Gapers Block on Facebook Gapers Block on Flickr Gapers Block on Twitter The Gapers Block Tumblr

« Vegging with Bagel Sandwich at Half and Half Best Birthday Brunch: M. Henry »

Event Sat Jul 14 2007

Green City Market BBQ, Reviewed

Ultimately a success with around two thousand attendees, this year’s Green City Market BBQ showcased about forty different food stands and about another dozen drink vendors—mostly of the alcoholic variety. This celebration of locally produced food and drink took on the intimate and giddy air of a back yard party as patrons slowly grazed from one table to the next. As the crowd grew it never got uncomfortable, but mingling was inescapable. It was genuinely inspiring to hear people talking Illinois-centric food, restaurants and ingredients the way that tailgaters at Soldier Field talk football, the NFC and their beloved Bears.

(Continued below the fold.)

Judging by the size of the lines in front of their booths, the big winners of the night appeared to be the Frontera Grill and Sola. The big losers of the night? Anyone who needed to use the bathroom. One lonely and quickly filthy port-a-potty had to meet the needs of the entire crowd. A battalion of fresh toilets did eventually arrive but the party had been over for a half an hour by that point.
So was it worth the $50 ticket price? Sure. Although I can’t speak to the wisdom of holding an event like this on a weekday, I can say that almost every booth brought enough food to keep serving up until the very end, the beer and wine ran freely, the music was fantastic, and the weather couldn’t have been better. But, man, that toilet…




GB store
GB store

Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
Read this feature »

GB store



Drive-Thru on Flickr

Join the Drive-Thru Flickr Pool.

About Drive-Thru

Drive-Thru is the food and drink section of Gapers Block, covering the city's vibrant dining, drinking and cooking scene. More...
Please see our submission guidelines.

Editor: Robyn Nisi,
Drive-Thru staff inbox:



 Subscribe in a reader.

GB store

GB Store

GB Buttons $1.50

GB T-Shirt $12

I ✶ Chi T-Shirts $15