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Taste of Chicago 2016 food and music festival

The Taste of Chicago brings five days of delicious food, live music and things to do this summer in Grant Park

Photograph: Martha Williams
Bridgeport Pasty at Taste of Chicago.

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 2016?

The Taste of Chicago occurs in Grant Park on July 6–10, 2016. Hours are 11am–9pm Wednesday through Friday and 10am–9pm on Saturday and Sunday.

What is the Taste of Chicago 2016?

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 2016?

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 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

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

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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

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Taste of Chicago 2015

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24 new dishes to eat at Taste of Chicago 2015

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

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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

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Tastes from the past

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

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2014: Taste of Chicago vendors

2014: Taste of Chicago vendors

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

 

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2013: What to eat at the Taste of Chicago

2013: What to eat at the Taste of Chicago

 

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

 

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2013: Food trucks to serve at the Taste of Chicago

2013: Food trucks to serve at the Taste of Chicago

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2012: Food reviews

2012: Food reviews

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2012: Friday Photos

2012: Friday Photos

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2012: Thursday Photos

2012: Thursday Photos

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2011: Food reviews
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2011: Food reviews

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2011: Preview photos

2011: Preview photos

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2010: Photos

2010: Photos

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Music at the Taste

2013: Robin Thicke
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2013: Robin Thicke

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

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2011: The Jayhawks
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2011: The Jayhawks

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2010: Passion Pit
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2010: Passion Pit

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