Geja's Cafe Fondue Feast

A fondue feast, wine, bottles of champagne and other spirits are pictured at Geja's Cafe in Chicago.

Image courtesy of Geja's Cafe

Fans of the bubbly spirit will want to check out the annual festival celebrating champagne in Chicago.

Geja's Cafe is currently offering the 38th annual Champagne Festival. The fondue restaurant's fest continues through Feb. 28.

"Champagne is the beverage of celebration," said Jeff Lawler, owner of Geja's. Lawler, who's worked at the restaurant as general manager for more than 20 years, bought Geja's from founder John Davis in 2015.

"I'm looking forward to carrying on the traditions here for many years more," Lawler said recently, about the Champagne Festival and other events regularly held at the famous eatery.

Through the fest, Lawler said he and the staff at Geja's want to continue to introduce diners to the incredible champagnes available on the market and offer them the opportunity to learn a bit more about the beverage.

Champagnes from France and California and many from the Moet & Chandon portfolio will be highlighted during the fest.

"Every Monday during the festival will be known as Moet Mondays," Lawler said. On Moet Mondays, guests who order a glass or bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne will be entered into a contest for special giveaways.

Lawler, who said he's a champagne fan and drinks it on a weekly basis, called it a "fun, tasty" beverage.

"It's a special treat to have champagne. And life should be special," he said.

Among some of the offerings at Geja's during the festival will be Etoile Rose; Moet & Chandon Grand Vintage 2008; Dom Perignon 2006; Chandon Brut Classic; Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut; and others.

FYI: The 38th annual Champagne Festival runs through Feb. 28 at Geja's Cafe, 340 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago. Call 773-281-9101 or visit