Taste of Chicago 2018 food and music festival

The Taste of Chicago brings five days of delicious food and live music to Grant Park

Taste of Chicago 2018
Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

The Taste of Chicago takes over Grant Park at the pinnacle of summer festival season, leaving a trail of disposable forks and cheesecake skewers from a long list of Chicago restaurants in its wake. Delicious food may be the focus at this fest, but the lineup of free concerts is just as enticing, boasting sets from the Flaming Lips, Brandi Carlile and George Clinton. Prepare for five days of deep dish pizza, hot dogs and even hotter tunes with our guide to Taste of Chicago.

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. Concerts take place at 5:30pm Wednesday through Friday and at 4:30pm 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 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 headlining sets from the Flaming Lips, Brandi Carlile and George Clinton. Lawn admission to concerts is free, while pavilion seating ranges from $18 to $50.

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.

Taste of Chicago 2018

10 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2018
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10 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2018

We ranked the best (and worst) new bites at the food fest

Taste of Chicago 2018 concert lineup
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Taste of Chicago 2018 concert lineup

Here's every act performing at the Taste this summer

Taste of Chicago food lineup
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Taste of Chicago food lineup

With 26 new vendors, expect plenty of new dishes to sample

Flaming Lips and George Clinton headline the Taste
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Flaming Lips and George Clinton headline the Taste

This year's fest is gonna get funky

Taste of Chicago 2017

12 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago
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12 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago

We sampled the best (and worst) of the new dishes at the Taste

Taste of Chicago food lineup
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Taste of Chicago food lineup

Ready for music and food festivals to kick off in Grant Park? This year, Taste of Chicago is welcoming 67 vendors to the free festival—17 of which haven't been at the event before

Taste of Chicago 2017 concert lineup
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Taste of Chicago 2017 concert lineup

We've got a complete list of the bands playing in Grant Park

Taste of Chicago 2016

24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2016
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24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2016

We ranked the best (and worst) of the newest dishes at the festival

Taste of Chicago 2016 vendor lineup
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Taste of Chicago 2016 vendor lineup

Find out which restaurants will be setting up shop in Grant Park

Taste of Chicago 2016 concert lineup
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Taste of Chicago 2016 concert lineup

The Decemberists, the Roots and more great acts will take the stage

Taste of Chicago 2015

24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2015
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24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2015

We ranked all the best taste portions from the fest's newest vendors

Taste of Chicago announces food vendors
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Taste of Chicago announces food vendors

There will be familiar spots and new dishes in Grant Park

Taste of Chicago announces music lineup
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Taste of Chicago announces music lineup

Weezer, Erykah Badu and Spoon will take the stage at the annual food fest

Tastes from the past

2014: 15 new dishes at Taste
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2014: 15 new dishes at Taste

2014: Taste of Chicago vendors

2014: Taste of Chicago vendors

2013: What's new at the Taste
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2013: What's new at the Taste

 

2013: What to eat at the Taste of Chicago

2013: What to eat at the Taste of Chicago

 

2013: Taste of Chicago food lineup
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2013: Taste of Chicago food lineup

 

2013: Food trucks to serve at the Taste of Chicago

2013: Food trucks to serve at the Taste of Chicago

2012: Food reviews

2012: Food reviews

2012: Friday Photos

2012: Friday Photos

2012: Thursday Photos

2012: Thursday Photos

2011: Food reviews
Things to do

2011: Food reviews

2011: Preview photos

2011: Preview photos

2010: Photos

2010: Photos

Music at the Taste

2013: Robin Thicke
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2013: Robin Thicke

2011: Soul Asylum + Rare Earth
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2011: Soul Asylum + Rare Earth

2011: The Jayhawks
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2011: The Jayhawks

2010: Passion Pit
Things to do

2010: Passion Pit

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