It’s always been much easier to drink than eat at the Illinois Restaurant Association’s Chicago Gourmet. The first year, you could stand in line for 20 minutes for a single bite of food, but there was never any wait at the wine tents. The event has improved exponentially in the four years since then—for one thing, restaurants are now grouped into “tasting pavilions,” so you can get three or four small plates at a time, and the lines generally move pretty fast. Still, there’s always a line for food, and very rarely any wait for wine or other alcohol. So this year, I decided to focus on the booze (with some food thrown in for good measure). After the jump, photos and some commentary.