Chicago welcomes back Taste of Iceland for the second time April 20-23 to celebrate various aspects of Icelandic culture. Chicagoans will have the opportunity to experience authentic Icelandic cuisine, enjoy Icelandic music at the Reykjavik Calling concert at Chop Shop / 1st Ward, and view and discuss Icelandic film and art during this four day festival. RSVP on Facebook, join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram by tagging @IcelandNatural with #TasteofIceland and keep checking this page for updates!
FOOD: Icelandic Menu | April 20-23
Icelandic chef Viktor Örn Andrésson will fly to Chicago to collaborate with American executive chef James Lintelmann at Baptiste & Bottle. Named Iceland Chef of the Year, Viktor is one of Iceland’s most prestigious culinary experts. He recently led the Icelandic National Culinary Team to a bronze medal at this year’s Bocuse d’Or 2017 Finale! The two chefs will prepare a delicious four-course prix fixé menu for the event. Brennivin’s 2015 cocktail champion, Kári Sigurðsson, will also make the flight from Iceland to collaborate with Baptiste & Bottle mixologist, Michael Fawthrop, to create unique cocktails featuring Iceland’s favorite vodka, Reyka Vodka, and aquavit, Brennivin, to pair perfectly with your dinner. Check back for more details!
WHEN: April 20-23
WHERE: Baptiste & Bottle | 101 E Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611
RESERVATIONS: OpenTable | (312) 667-6793
MENU: 4 course meal
COCKTAILS: Icelandic Cocktail Class | April 20
Don’t miss Taste of Iceland’s first cocktail class in Chicago! Led by Brennivin cocktail champion Kári Sigurðsson, and The Gwen’s lead mixologist Jason Deatherage, this unique class will include interactive tutorials on how to make delicious craft cocktails. Reyka Ambassador Trevor Schneider will join Kári and Jason to give class-goers an introduction to Reyka and its distillery process. The recipes will combine traditional Icelandic concoctions with locally crafted spirits. The class is free and first-come, first-served. Must be 21+ to participate. Due to high demand, we’ve added a second class at 7:00 pm! You can find more information by RSVPing below.
WHEN: Thursday, April 20 | 5:30 pm & 7:00 pm
WHERE: The Gwen, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Chicago | 521 N. Rush St., 5 th Floor, Chicago, IL 60611
RSVP: 5:30 pm class | 7:00 pm class
MUSIC: Reykjavik Calling at Chop Shop / 1st Ward | April 22
The Reykjavik Calling concert will take over Chop Shop / 1st Ward on April 22 in partnership with CIMMfest. Spend the evening with two of Iceland’s most talented bands Fufanu and Mammut as they play alongside a local act OHMME! (You must be 18+ to enter.)
WHEN: Saturday, April 22 | doors: 7:00 pm | show: 8:00 pm
WHERE: Chop Shop / 1st Ward | 2033 W. North Ave, Chicago IL 60647
Fufanu: Website | Facebook | Youtube | Soundcloud
Mammut: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube
OHMME: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Soundcloud
FILM: Shortfish: Iceland’s Premier Short Film Festival | April 23
The Icelandic film industry’s premier festival, Stockfish, is screening its short film program on April 23 at the The Logan Theater. The short film division of the Stockfish festival, aptly dubbed Shortfish, focuses on highlighting up-and-coming Icelandic filmmakers. The Shortfish screening at Logan Theatre will feature six short films, including Shortfish 2016 winner “Like it’s up to you” from director Brynhildur Þórarinsdóttir. Admission to the screening is free and will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will run for approximately 75-minutes with each short running between five and twenty minutes. There are no restrictions on these films, but they are not recommended for children. Please bring your Eventbrite ticket to the theatre. You will be asked to exchange your printed ticket for an official Logan Theatre ticket.
WHEN: Sunday, April 23 | 4:00pm
WHERE: Logan Theatre | 2646 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
ART: The Icelandic Art Center Presents: Iceland’s Thriving Contemporary Visual Arts Scene | April 22
Join Björg Stefánsdóttir, director of the Icelandic Art Center, for a discussion on Icelandic visual arts. Björg Stefánsdóttir will offer insight into how Iceland (with a population of 340,000) is able to sustain a thriving contemporary art scene. Hear how Icelandic art has spread across the world, through the artist driven community and The Icelandic Art Center. The Icelandic Art Center is the commissioner for the Icelandic Pavilion at the Venice biennale, exhibiting the current scene in Iceland. It´s an extremely important platform for Icelandic artists, to facilitate strong connections to international art professionals. This year, Egill Sæbjörnsson will be presenting Iceland at the Venice Biennale with two trolls in a work that he calls “Out of controll”.
WHEN: April 22 | 2:00pm
WHERE: Chicago Athletic Association Hotel | 12 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60603
SPECIAL GUEST: Björg Stefánsdóttir
DRINKS: Bar Takeover at Spilt Milk | April 19
Before the official Taste of Iceland events begin, stop by Spilt Milk on Wednesday, April 19 to see Kari Sigurdsson in action as he teams up with local Chicago bartenders to serve you the most delicious cocktails!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 19 | 10:00pm
WHERE: Spilt Milk | 2758 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647
DRINKS: Happy Hour at Sportsman’s Club | April 21
Join Iceland Naturally and Icelandic mixologist Kari Sigurdsson for a special happy hour on Friday, April 21. Stop by the Sportsman’s Club for Brennivin inspired cocktails and beer pairings until 7pm!
WHEN: Friday, April 21 | 5:00-7:00pm
WHERE: Sportsman’s Club | 948 Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622
ART: TV Dreams Exhibit at Miishkooki Art Space | April 22
Stop by Miishkooki Art Space to view Icelandic art by Baldur Helgason. TV Dreams is a group exhibition with works by Baldur, Swedish-based artist Peter Jeppson, and local Chicagoan Zach Mory. The exhibit features figurative paintings and drawings with comic and cartoon elements. Join the artists for a closing party on April 22 to celebrate the installations success!
WHEN: April 22 | 5:00-8:00pm
WHERE: Miishkooki Art Space | Oakton St., Skokie IL, 60076
Win an Icelandic Prize Pack!
At each Taste of Iceland event you attend make sure to grab an event pin from the entrance of the venue for your chance to be entered into a drawing for an Icelandic prize pack! Enter by tweeting a picture of all your buttons to @IcelandNatural with the hashtag #TOIChicagoChallenge by April 23. The more events you attend, the greater your chances of winning!
Win a Trip to Iceland!
Icelandair is celebrating our Taste of Iceland in Chicago festival with their very own #ExtraORDinarygiveaway! From April 21-23, Icelandair representatives will be waiting around the city to give you a FREE pair of round-trip tickets to Iceland! Learn more about the scavenger hunt and how to win here.
About Taste of Iceland
Taste of Iceland in Chicago is presented by Iceland Naturally in cooperation with Icelandair, Reyka Vodka, Blue Lagoon, Visit Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial, Icelandic Provisions, Promote Iceland, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Iceland Airwaves, Iceland Music Export, 2112, Baptiste & Bottle, Chop Shop / 1st Ward, Logan Theatre, CIMMfest and Chicago Athletic Association Hotel.
About Iceland Naturally
Iceland Naturally is a cooperative marketing organization that promotes the tourism, services, products and culture of Iceland. Through events, promotions, and online marketing initiatives, Iceland Naturally introduces Iceland’s creativity and natural wonders to North Americans. The group is comprised of Icelandair, Icelandic Group, Icelandic Provisions, Reyka Vodka, City of Reykjavik, Icelandic Glacial Water, Blue Lagoon, Keflavik International Airport (KEF), Landsvirkjun, Ölgerðin Egill Skallagrímsson, Promote Iceland and the Government of Iceland.