Lincoln Park Wine Fest


Fri, October 4, 2024 | 5pm-10pm
Sat, October 5, 2024 | 11am-10pm
Sun, October 6, 2024 | 11am-7pm
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Fall’s cool breezes will celebrate the glorious grape when, for the eighth year, the annual wine happening that is Lincoln Park Wine Fest transforms tranquil 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.

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



Session Times
Friday: 5pm to 7pm ; 8pm to 10pm
Saturday: 11am to 1pm; 2pm to 4pm; 5pm to 7pm; 8pm to 10pm
Sunday: 11am to 1pm; 2pm to 4pm; 5pm to 7pm

How it Works

  • Choose a session time and purchase a ticket
  • Arrive at the beginning of your session to gain access
  • Sip, savor and celebrate your way through Jonquil Park for 2 hours
  • Your time ends at the park when the two-hour session is over
  • Head to a local restaurant or bar to keep the party going!

General Admission
GA Last Call – Starting at $40
Limited to 600 people per session.
– (12) standard tastings
– Commemorative wine glass
– Tasting access

VIP Admission 
VIP Last Call – Starting at $75
Limited spots and sessions available.  See the great wine line up!
– (12) standard tasting + (5) additional specialty wine tastings
– Commemorative wine glass
– Private seating area and restrooms
– Exclusive VIP entrance for easy access to event

Proceeds benefit the Wrightwood Neighbors Conversation Program including care of Jonquil Park.

*** Must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to enter. All sales are final (rain or shine). 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. ***

GA Wines:



Note: Due to limited availability, not all wines are available for every session!


Jonquil Park – 1001 W Wrightwood Ave, Chicago, IL 60614. Public Transportation is encouraged. The park is easily accessible by the #8, #11, #74 bus lines or by Brown Line stop at Diversey, two blocks north of Jonquil Park, or the Red, Brown and Purple line stop at Fullerton located near DePaul University. Jonquil Park is located three blocks north of Fullerton on Sheffield. Please do not drink and drive. Uber/Lyft/Rideshare is encouraged. Click here to plan your route!

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

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.

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wna web 2004The Wrightwood Neighbors Association (WNA) is constantly involved in many issues that directly impact life in the community. WNA works with aldermen and City agencies to help provide residents with the services possible, and to make sure that Wrightwood remains a nice place to work, live and play.


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