Date: Friday, May 17 - Sunday, May 19
Time: Friday: 6pm to 10pm; Saturday: Noon to 9pm (2 sessions); Sunday: Noon to 4pm
Location: Jonquil Park
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Address: 1001 W. Wrightwood Ave
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Wrightwood Neighbors Association
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After Chicago’s brutally cold winter, spring’s warm breezes will be a welcome relief when the glorious grape, along with smooth tunes, artisans and tasty edibles, set the stage for this 5th annual wine happening. Lincoln Park Wine Fest will again transform the tranquil two-acre Jonquil Park into an open-air market featuring wine and food pavilions. The highlight is ticketed wine tastings where scores of varietals will be showcased.

Beyond samplings, wine connoisseurs will also appreciate hearing the expertise of brand ambassadors and sommeliers. And enhancing the fest will be a mellow live music lineup, food-wine pairings, artisans, and the products/services of wine-related vendors.

Lincoln Park Wine Fest is part of the Chicago Wine Fest series.  Check out our other great wine tasting events!


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Tasting Tickets

Eventbrite - Chicago Wine Festival - Lincoln Park Wine Fest 2019

A Tasting Ticket is required to gain access to the Lincoln Park Wine Fest. There are a few options for ticket below. Please note, patrons must be 21 years of age or older with valid ID to redeem. All sales are final. Admission and tickets are day-specific and are non-transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned or used at cash bars.

The following tasting sessions are available:

  • Friday, May 17 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM (featuring sparkling wines, rose and unique reds)
  • Saturday, May 18 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM
  • Saturday, May 18 from 6:00PM to 9:00PM
  • Sunday, May 19 from 12:00PM to 4:00PM

General Admission - $40-$60 depending on session time/day
Limited to 2,000 people per session.

  • (12) standard tastings
  • Stemmed commemorative wine glass
  • Tasting access

VIP- $75
Limited to 200 people per session.

  • (12) standard tasting
  • (5) additional specialty wine tastings
  • Stemmed commemorative wine glass
  • Tasting access

Designated Driver Pass - $20
Limited to 150 passes per session. This does not grant you access to sample wine.

  • Access to tasting area/event site.

*** Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter. All sales are final. Admission and tickets are DAY AND SESSION SPECIFIC, and are non-refundable or transferable. Tickets may not be shared. Unused tickets may not be returned. ***

What Are You Sampling?

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Impress Your Pals! Become a Wine Snob

Use these terms the next time you're describing your glass of wine.  We guarantee your pals will be impressed!

White Wine Evaluation Terms
Floral: honeysuckle, jasmine, peach blossoms
Body: compare light to medium to heavy, as if skim milk to whole milk to heavy cream
Acid: pleasant = crisp, high = mild heart burn, lacking = “blah”
Tree Fruit: apple, pear, apricot, peach
Citrus Fruit: lemon, lime, grapefruit, orange, tangerine
Tropical Fruit: pineapple, kiwi, melon, star fruit, banana, coconut
Oak Flavors: toast, smoke, spice, vanilla, butterscotch, caramel, nuts
Other: yeasty, mineral, herbs, white pepper, grass, cat urine
Finish: length of time taste lingers (usually the longer, the better)
Balance: all factors are well integrated

Characteristics by Varietal
Chardonnay: light to medium-heavy body; citrus; apple; pear; melon; pineapple; fig; mixed tropical
- If malolactic fermentation: creamy; butter; buttered popcorn
- If aged in oak: toast; vanilla; butterscotch; nuttiness; oaky
- If aged in stainless steel: crisp; fresh; tart
Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris: light body; pear; apple; lemon; mineral
Sauvignon Blanc: light body; grapefruit; fig; lemon; melon
- If unoaked: grass, herbs, cat urine
- If oaked: spice; vanilla; smoke; musk; nuttiness
Viognier: light to medium body; peach; apricot; honeysuckle; orange blossom; spice; nuttiness; musk

Red Wine Evaluation Terms
Floral: rose, geranium, violets
Body: compare light to medium to heavy, as if skim milk to whole milk to heavy cream
Red Fruit: strawberry, cherry, raspberry, plum
Black Fruits: black cherry, plum, currant, blackberry, prune, blueberry
Oak Flavors: toast, smoke, spice, vanilla, cedar, bacon, oak
Earthy Flavors: mushrooms, fungus, dirt, leather, forest floor, barnyard
Other: chocolate, mint, eucalyptus, cola, tobacco, tar
Finish: time taste lingers (usually longer is better)
Balance: all factors are well integrated

Characteristics by Varietal:
Cabernet Franc: medium body; red fruits; raspberries; violets; soft tannins
Cabernet Sauvignon: medium to heavy body; black fruits; cherry; plums; currents; herbs; mine; eucalyptus; olive; tobacco; leather; green pepper; coffee; chocolate; soft to powerful tannins
Merlot: medium to heavy body; red and black fruits; berry; plums; herbs; chocolate; mocha; coffee; soft to powerful tannins
Pinot Noir: light to medium body; strawberry; cherry; violets; rose petals; cola; earth; leather; soft to medium tannins
Syrah: heavy body; rose; black fruits; currents; cherry; plums; pepper; espresso; vanilla; black pepper; white pepper; medium tannins
Zinfandel: medium to heavy body; black fruit; cherry; plums; currents; raisins; black pepper; light tannins


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Take Public Transportation!

The park is easily accessible by public transportation available by the #11 Lincoln Avenue Bus line or by CTA El (train) transportation. Stops are on the Brown Line at Diversey which is two blocks north of Jonquil Park or at Fullerton Ave which is a Red, Brown and Purple line express stop located at DePaul University. Jonquil Park is located three blocks north of Fullerton on Sheffield.  Click here to plan your route!

Marketing & Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking to connect with active consumers at this event? For pricing and a customized benefits package, please contact Norine Smyth at 312-799-0354 or Laura Wilke at 773-584-6669.

Become a Vendor or Exhibitor!

We are now accepting vendor applications for Lincoln Park Wine Festival

To start a new application or edit an existing application you've already started, click on the link below for the type of vendor application:

Application Links

If you've applied to multiple events, you can access your RegisterOne vendor profile here.