Fri, June 4, 2021 thru
Mon, September 6, 2021

FRI: 6:00pm-10:00pm
SAT: Noon-9:00pm (2 sessions)
SUN: Noon-4:00pm

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Date(s) Fri, June 4, 2021 thru
Mon, September 6, 2021
Event Time(s)
FRI: 6:00pm-10:00pm
SAT: Noon-9:00pm (2 sessions)
SUN: Noon-4:00pm
Location Jonquil Park
1001 W. Wrightwood Ave
Chicago Illinois

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Spring’s warm breezes will celebrate the glorious grape when, for the sixth 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.

Adding to the fun will be deejay beats on Friday night, smooth tunes on Saturday and Sunday, artisans and tasty edibles.

Beyond samplings, wine connoisseurs will appreciate the on-site expertise of brand ambassadors and sommeliers. There will also be food-wine pairings and the products/services of wine-centric vendors.

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

Tasting Tickets

Guests can choose to purchase tickets for the following sessions:

  • Friday, May 15 from 6:00PM to 10:00PM
  • Saturday, May 16 - Session 1 - from 11:00AM - 4:00PM (Featuring exclusive champagnes and sparkling wines)
  • Saturday, May 16 - Session 2 - from 6:00PM to 10:00PM (Featuring exclusive champagnes and sparkling wines)
  • Sunday, May 17 from 11:00AM to 4:00PM

Buy your tickets Early as this event sells out!

General Admission - $35 in advance, At the Door $50
Limited to 2,000 people per session.
- (15) standard tastings
- Stemmed commemorative wine glass
- Tasting access

VIP Admission - $75
Limited to 200 people per session.
- (15) standard tasting + (5) additional specialty wine tastings
- Access to Mimosa Lounge seating area with brunch buffet in the morning session and hors d'oeuvres buffet in the evening session
- Stemmed commemorative wine glass
- Extended Tasting access

Designated Driver Admission - $20
Limited to 150 passes per session. This does not grant you access to sample wine, only access to tasting area/event site.

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. ***

Wines We're Tasting

Note:  Each brand is sampling multiple varietals!  


General Admission:

Friday: 6pm to 8pm
Thaddeus Tukes: A vibist from Chicago, IL. Tukes has been showcased across the country, including Carnegie Hall, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, and the Jazz Showcase. Tukes has been featured with jazz greats, including Victor Goines, Roy Hargrove, and Joan Collasso. Tukes’ virtuosity and expertise have given him opportunities across genres, sharing stages with Earth, Wind, and Fire, The Roots, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper.
Saturday: 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Corey Dennison Band: Formed in 2013, The Corey Dennison Band has become a favorite attraction at Chicago blues venues, including twice-weekly appearances at Kingston Mines. Led by Corey Dennison’s soulful voice and muscular guitar, the band released two albums for the legendary Delmark Records in 2016 and 2017 after honing 21 original songs night after night on the bandstand. Corey’s decade-long stint with Carl Weathersby and Gerry Hundt’s tenure with Nick Moss are evident but blend effortlessly into a dynamic new Chicago sound, anchored by Aaron Whittier and drummer Rick King. Critics and radio polls responded favorably as the albums garnered glowing reviews and constant worldwide airplay, netting chart positions on the Roots Music and Living Blues Radio Reports. Nominations followed suit, with nods for Best Emerging Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Album from the Blues Music Awards, a pair from Blues Blast Magazine, and Grammy balloting. The strength of the band’s repertoire is matched only by the charisma of the stage show; it’s not uncommon to see Corey belting out the blues, unamplified, in the heart of the audience while the band steps in time to the groove. It’s not novelty for these musicians and entertainers, however, it’s exactly where they want to be.
Sunday: Noon to 3pm
Angel Spiccia: Possessing a versatile, captivating tone and an extensive vocal range, Angel is recognized for adding her own color and style to each song she takes on. That, along with her natural approach to phrasing and time, is truly what invites her audience in at every performance. Wayne Messmer, professional speaker, singer, broadcaster and Chicago jazz WDCB radio host notes "One thing about Angel is her tremendous stage presence, and then she delivers this magnificent talent. It's obvious when people love what they do and I think the important thing about her is that there isn't a song writer on this planet who wouldn't love to have their song sung by Angel."
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Take Public Transportation

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!

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
Volunteer With Us!

Feel like helping your community and the Wrightwood Neighbors Association?  Volunteer!  CLICK HERE to learn about the great opportunities!

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.

Vending Opportunities