Besides those pesky lines, it was hard to discount the incredible number of big name chefs that made it out to this year’s Chicago Gourmet. That included home town chefs like Rick Bayless, Stephanie Izard, and Graham Elliot along with food personalities like Art Smith, Ted Allen, and even Marcus Samuelsson. All told, there were over a hundred chefs on the premises, not counting the sous chefs and the many culinary students that helped staff the event. As always, the Mayor was there to make sure everything was going well, though we have a feeling that Cat Cora probably worked the hardest. Here’s a slideshow of some of our favorite moments of the festival.