Experience the Taste of Chicago Festival
The Taste of Chicago Festival, known to local residents as The Taste, is the largest food festival in the world and takes place annually in July in Chicago’s Grant Park. In addition to dozens of food stands and trucks, the Taste of Chicago offers live music performances on multiple stages. The festival dates back to 1980 when Arnie Morton, the restaurateur who founded Morton’s Restaurant Group and Morton’s Steakhouse, lined up various Chicago restaurants to participate in the event staged on Michigan Avenue. The festival was such a huge success that it was moved to Grant Park the following year, and it now attracts over 1 million visitors each summer.
“As our culinary reputation has grown on the national stage, the Taste of Chicago continues to reflect the vibrant and diverse restaurant community of Chicago with and new, exciting culinary experiences and long- time favorites,” – Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
This year the Festival will host 22 new combers: 7 “five-day restaurants”, 8 “Pop-Ups”, and 7 “Food Trucks”
The Taste of Chicago offers a huge selection of Five-day restaurants, Pop-Up Restaurants and Food Trucks with delicious selections to appeal to every palate.
The 2014 event will feature a diverse lineup of 66 restaurants that will be showcasing a variety of dining options. Some of the restaurants currently scheduled to attend include Abbey Pub & Restaurant, Eli’s Cheesecake, The Noodle Vietnamese and Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant
The Taste of Chicago includes the popular feature of Pop-Ups, restaurants that literally just pop up for one or two days during the event. The Pop-Ups feature everything from tacos to pizza with such vendors as Taco Joint, Brazilian Bowl Grill, Sol de Mexico, and Punky’s Pizza and Pasta.
Food Trucks are another popular element of the festival, and this year’s vendors include Bombay Wraps, Gino’s Steak, Harold’s Chicken and Taquero Fusion.
One of the highlights of the Taste of Chicago, other than the food itself, is the exciting lineup of live entertainment. Both the Bud Light Stage and Petrillo Music Shell offer concerts featuring local and national talent.
Bud Light Stage
The Bud Light Stage features 30 bands throughout the festival that highlight a different theme each day. Attendees can expect an eclectic variation of genres as well as a few surprises. This free entertainment area is open from noon to 8 p.m. on each day of the festival.
Petrillo Music Shell
In 2014, the Petrillo Music Shell’s performers include AWOLNATION, Saints of Valory, Aloe Blacc, Lucinda Williams and more. Reserved seating tickets start at $18, but lawn seating in Butler Field is free.
Dates, Times and Prices
The 2014 Taste of Chicago Festival takes place on July 9th, 10th and 11th from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on July 12th and 13th from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the event is free. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50, which includes a $2 charge for the event’s amenities. In addition, “Taste of” portions are priced at $2.50 or less.
Parking options include Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 South Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 North Michigan Avenue, and Grant Park South Garage at 325 South Michigan Avenue. A special offer of $30 for full-day parking is available at Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage. Regular rates apply at the Grand Park North and Grand Park South Garages.
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