The Taste of Chicago hits Grant Park for the pinnacle of Chicago summer festival season, leaving behind a trail of disposable forks and cheesecake skewers from some of the best Chicago restaurants in its wake. Before you head to the gigantic food festival, find out which restaurants will be serving up samples, which bands you should see and how many napkins to bring. Here's your chance to prove to friends and family that our food scene is more than just deep dish pizza and Chicago hot dogs.
When is the Taste of Chicago 2018?
The Taste of Chicago occurs in Grant Park on July 11–15, 2018. Hours are 11am–9pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am–9pm on Saturday and Sunday.
What is the Taste of Chicago?
Each summer, a variety of local restaurants and food vendors set up booths in Grant Park for a free festival, offering up samples of their most popular dishes. The festival has its own currency—you purchase tickets at the gate which can be spent on food and drinks. The Taste of Chicago also books a robust lineup of concerts, including a mix of national and regional touring acts—Weezer, Erykah Badu and Robin Thicke have all headlined the festival in past years. Though attending Taste of Chicago is free, attendence to concerts and chef demonstrations is ticketed.
Where is the Taste of Chicago?
Taste of Chicago is held in Grant Park every year, with vendors lining the streets. To get there, take any train into the Loop and walk east to the park. By car, take I-90 E/I-94 E into the Loop and use the Millennium Park parking garages located 5 S Columbus Dr, 25 N Michigan Ave and 325 S Michigan Ave.