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.