There are definitely vendors you can count on at Taste of Chicago—like Eli's Cheesecake and Billy Goat Tavern—but there's always a good amount of new ones that regulars to Taste of Chicago want to try out. We tried all of the "taste portions" from the new vendors, food trucks and pop-up shops, which ranged from three–five tickets each (from $2.50–$3.50). Here's a tip: Bring a bottle of water (or two), because they're going for a whopping seven tickets (for anyone doing the math, that's nearly $5). Stay hydrated, Chicago. This is our ranking of the new dishes from worst to best.
If it's your first time out to Taste of Chicago, a lot of the vendors haven't changed their menus, and we've been ranking them since 2010. Here are our food reviews from 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.
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