Gourmet Man Food

What is "Gourmet Man Food"? Let's start with what it's NOT.
  • It's not sitting in a lazy boy in your t-shirt eating Doritos and Velveeta cheese while watching tennis.
  • It's not small portions on sparse plates.
  • It's not pretentious.
  • It's not for the faint of heart.
  • It's not for a day you are counting calories.
  • And, it's not just for men...
Gourmet Man Food (“GMF”) has been part of American culture since pioneers starting experimenting with their Cowboy menus to kick it up a notch. Since then it’s become a phenomenon of artistically created statement making food, served in large portions with a powerful presentation. #GourmetManFood is a unique twist to foods you know mixed with flavors you don’t expect.

FEATURED - Kuma's Corner

Kuma’s corner will be returning with their heavy metal themed burgers that pack some serious Rock N Roll Flavor! Last year’s Headlining “Slipknot Burger” was so good with a 5 Oz patty, garlic mayo, bacon, smoked gouda and chipotle pepper, even the band had to have it. We can’t wait to see what Burger will take the stage this year.

Aporkalypse Now

Killer BBQ slow cooked on a traditional southern pit. Try it all with the Texas Sampler; a pile of slow smoked hand pulled pork, one Dinosaur bone beef rib, and choice side of gourmet mac and cheese or homemade coleslaw and pickled jalapeño.

Ben’s Burrito Bowl

Build a bowl! Your choices of Drunken Lime Chicken, Spicy Beef, Chorizo, or Vegan Nopalitos and Roasted Pepper. You can have it served over quinoa and brown rice, black beans and rice or superfood salad. Everything can be made Vegan and Gluten free!

The Big Cheesy

Gourmet Grilled Cheese with a New Orleans flair! From a classic bacon and cheddar, or caprese, to a Bourbon Street brie with triple cream brie, pralines, basil and balsamic glaze.

Bruges Brothers

Original Recipes with exciting flavors. Simple and delicious hand cut potatoes cooked in a blend of beef and duck fat until crisp, all cooked to order with an array of savory sauces. Our favorite is the Tiger Sauce: a spicy and bright horseradish, lemon, and black pepper aioli. Other options include the Entree Cone like the Braised Oxtail Poutine with red wine, thyme braised oxtail, cheddar curds, gravy, and crisp leeks.

Chicago Dog House

This Local favorite is returning to Chicago Open Air with their gourmet Game Sausages. With over the top ingredients and band inspired creations you will find yourself having a mouth-watering melt down. Our favorite? The Smoked Alligator Sausage marinated in an Asian chili sauce and topped with caramelized onions.

Crème of the Crop

At this Farm to table style food truck, you will only find the freshest, locally sourced ingredients. Serving up healthy yet satisfying treats like a fresh Strawberry Chicken Wrap with mixed greens, pesto aioli, pickled radish, fresh strawberry, grilled chicken, and candied walnuts. Gluten free and Vegetarian options available!

Dia De Los Tamales

Traditionally made, Chef driven, and prepared in an eco-conscious kitchen, Die De Los Tamales has something to offer everyone. Noted in the Chicago Tribune last year as “the best thing I ate” was their goat-cheese tamale with red-pepper crema. Vegetarian and Gluten Free options are available and delicious!

Dinky Donuts

Prepared fresh and hot on site, Dinky’s made-to-order donuts come in several sweet and savory toppings. From Salted Caramel to Ancho Mamma’s Chile you will be sure to leave with a smile on your face.

Master of Patties

These Gastro pub style patties are piled high with all the favorites. Try a Moink Burger with ground beef, Cheddar Cheese and Pulled Pork drenched in homemade BBQ sauce.

Pie Baby

Gourmet Thin Crust pizza, prepared in front of you and cooked in our 900-degree wood fired oven. Try an array of toppings, combinations, and fresh salads.


This Family owned local business since 1943 Is coming back to Chicago Open Air by the slice! Owner and Chef Rudy Malnati learned about pizza from his father and Chicago Open Air is taking full advantage. Pizanos is COA’s official local authority on Deep Dish.

Yum Dum

Nominated as one of Chicago’s best food trucks, Yum Dum will bring back their classic favorites to the crowd serving up the most epically delicious Kim Cheesy Fries and Braised Pork Belly Baos.


We're proud to serve our award winning, perfect grilled cheese sandwiches anytime, anywhere on our food truck! Along with tasty sides and delicious appetizers, we're happy to add fun and cheesiness!


Porkchop is a restaurant and bar that dishes out an urban interpretation of a Southern backwoods experience. It is an unapologetically unpretentious neighborhood party spot serving gourmet Southern comfort food and BBQ, and featuring an innovative ‘lowbrow’ bar program with some of the world’s top whiskeys.