Reunion Park Pop-Up Coming to Chicago This June + Interview with Chef Alex Wnorowski

I am a big fan of pop-ups, especially the ones in Chicago. Yes, they’re temporary, but they are one of the best experiences in my opinion. They’re not something you can experience every day and it’s a perfect time for much needed date nights or just a fun night with your friends. We’ve all heard of these T.V show pop-ups right? Well, this one is even better.

Reunion Park pop-up is an underground dinner series where you will enjoy 10 courses of pure perfection. I was lucky enough to get a hold of the chef and organizer himself, Alex Wnorowski. His dedication and enthusiasm for this event is clearly shown in my *brief* Instagram interview with him below. 

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Reunion Park Pop Up has been my project for about two years. The idea started when I first visited a friend in Chicago who had recently moved from NC, where we worked together, to Chicago to chase the Michelin life. I had a trip planned for Chicago to stage for a position at a really good restaurant and figured it would be nice to cross paths with my friend and catch up if I had the time. During my layover, we got to talking about this pop up he started while he was there. At that point, I had no idea what a pop up was. The more he explained it to me, the more I was intrigued and wanted to see it for myself. I then proceeded to cancel the interview, and dedicate the three days I was there all to this pop up dinner he had that weekend. I fell in love with the process. I fell in love with Chicago and the energy that everyone has. The second I stepped off the plane at O’Hare, I was hooked. It was around that time that I first watched a documentary that really changed my life. A sous chef of mine jokingly recommended I watch 42 grams, which was on Netflix at the time. I’m not sure why, but he was shocked when I showed up the next day lit up with passion and excitement that I’ve never felt before. Serendipitous events led to me being able to help Jake with a couple pop ups in Chicago, and also here in North Carolina. It was after the dinner here that I decided to start this pop up and the following month, December 2019, was my first dinner.The dinners in Chicago are emotional for me. They bring me back to a mentality of pure inspiration. A lot has changed since I made my first trip there for a covert job interview that never ended up happening, but I love being back. The dinners in Lincoln Park are actually where I helped Jake for the first time. I personally targeted this event space for those sentimental feelings. I can’t wait to come back for my second set of dinners on my own!” 

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Reunion Park is coming to Chicago this June! Tickets are already selling out fast so be sure to buy yours. The event will run June 4- June 6. The June 4th experience is already sold out so if you’re itching to attend a food pop-up with an amazing line-up of courses, get your tickets now and show Chef Wnorowski some love on Instagram! You can find the link to purchase tickets here

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Featured Image Credit: Reunion Park Pop-Up

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