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Taste of Chicago 2023's food and music lineup has been revealed

Here's what to expect at the annual summer festival, now taking place in September

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai

Taste of Chicago returns at a later date than usual this year, and now we know what to look forward to.

The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has just revealed the food and entertainment lineup for the long-running summer festival. As a result of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, Taste of Chicago was pushed back from its typical first weekend in July. It’ll now take place September 8-11 in Grant Park. 

The 2023 edition of the annual event will offer free musical performances by singer-songwriter Lupita Infante, mariachi group Mariachi Sirenas, Dominican-American hip hop group Proyecto Uno, Chicago-based band Whitney and more. Taste of Chicago will also be a stop on the Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50 tour, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the genre with performances by Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One and Slick Rick.

On the food front, there will be more than 35 vendors and 15 food trucks. Participating restaurants include The Original Rainbow Cone, Yvolina’s Tamales, Tacotlan, Seoul Taco, Arun’s Thai Restaurant and Sapori Trattoria. Eli’s Cheesecake will host its annual birthday celebration on September 9 at 12:30pm, and all attendees will receive a free slice. Beer lovers can check out Friday Night Flights, a craft brews fest, on September 8.

Other festivities include Lifeway Family Village, where guests can play games and jump around in bounce houses, dance lessons courtesy of Chicago SummerDance and a karaoke competition dubbed Chicago Sings Karaoke. Admission to Taste of Chicago is free; food can be purchased with cash or credit card. 

See the full list of food vendors below. The entertainment schedule can be found on Taste of Chicago’s website.

  • African Food Palace
  • Arun’s Thai Restaurant
  • Badou Senegalese Cuisine
  • Banato
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • BJ’s Market & Bakery
  • Chicago Eats
  • Chicago’s Doghouse
  • Churro Factory (Xurro)
  • Classic Cobbler Baked Goods Company
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • Cumin Club Indian Kitchen
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Esperanza
  • Frannie’s Café
  • Gaby’s Funnel Cakes
  • Healthy Substance Kitchen
  • JJ Thai Street Food
  • Josephine’s Cooking
  • LC Pho Restaurant
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
  • Mr. E Chef Catering
  • Pies of London
  • Porkchop
  • Prime Tacos
  • Robinson No. 1 Ribs
  • Sapori Trattoria
  • Seoul Taco Chicago
  • Tacotlan
  • Tandoor Char House
  • The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • The Original Rainbow Cone
  • The Sole Ingredient Catering
  • Yum Dum
  • Yvolina’s Tamales
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