When we opened Blackbird more than two decades ago, the West Loop was a different place than it is today. Chicago was a different city than it is now. And people were eating a little bit differently than they are these days.

It’s been amazing to watch our neighborhood, the city we love, and the guests we cherish, as they’ve evolved along with us over the last 20 years. To celebrate that evolution, we’re bringing in some friends from all around North America to cook in the kitchen with Chef Paul Kahan and Chef de Cuisine Ryan Pfeiffer. Call it the Blackbird at 20 series.

Every month, we’ll welcome a different chef to co-host a collaborative, multi-course dinner in our upstairs private dining space. While seats are limited, we’ll also be serving a dish or two from the event on our a la carte dinner menu for the evening. View the full lineup below, and check back here for ticket links for the entire series soon.

In addition to our Chicago dinner series, we'll be traveling to New York for a special dinner at the venerable James Beard House, Thursday, October 11. To learn more about this event, or to reserve your seats, please visit the James Beard Foundation's website by clicking here.

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Tuesday, May 8

Suzanne Goin | chef and owner, lucques, tavern and a.o.c. [los angeles]

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monday, june 25

Marc Vetri | chef and owner, vetri restaurants [philadelphia, PA]


monday, july 23

sean brock | chef and owner, husk restaurants [charleston, savannah, nashville & greenville]

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tuesday, september 25

chris cosentino | chef and owner, cockscomb, jackrabbit, acacia house [california & oregon]

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monday, october 22

wylie dufresne | chef and owner, du's donuts, [new york]


tuesday, november 13

jeremy charles | chef and owner, raymonds restaurant [st. john's, newfoundland]


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