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The largest food festival in the world and one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the entire state of Illinois, Taste of Chicago is a multi-day event that routinely attracts more than a quarter-million people to... ... read more

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Taste of Chicago - Food & Drink Event | Food Festival | Music Festival in Chicago.

The largest food festival in the world and one of the most-visited tourist attractions in the entire state of Illinois, Taste of Chicago is a multi-day event that routinely attracts more than a quarter-million people to Grant Park for a chance to stuff their faces with a whole lot of delicious grub.

Normally held for ten days in July, Taste of Chicago has been going strong since the first festival was held in 1980, with often more than 70 local food vendors setting up their stalls in the park and selling Chicago-style pizza, Chicago hot dogs, barbecued ribs, Italian Beef, Maxwell Street Polish Sausage, Eli's Cheesecake, and a variety of ethnic and regional foods.

Non-food-related events at Taste of Chicago include live music on multiple stages, with acts varying from local artists to nationally known names like Carlos Santana, Moby, and Kenny Rogers. Movie screenings are also routinely on the docket.

But food at Taste of Chicago is definitely the biggest draw, and the event’s popularity has even prompted other cities to create their own versions, including the Taste of the Danforth in Toronto, the Taste of Kalamazoo, Taste of Cincinnati, Taste of Addison, Taste of Denver, Taste in Dallas, Taste of Madison, and the Taste of Austin.

Taste of Chicago is free-to-attend; prices at each of the different vendors vary.

Taste of Chicago User Comments

Devin T. May 13, 2013
I have always been a fan of the taste of Chicago. I am a big fan of food and an even bigger fan of tasting. The taste of Chicago was a great place for a tourist to bring his family when they are visiting in Chicago but the recent spike of the uncontrollable violence in Chicago has turned my interest away from the Taste. The last couple years I have went I have experienced shootings, rioting, and groups of young people mobbing and just acting all around ignorant. They have since improved the security but the climbing ticket prices have driven me away also. Don't get me wrong, the Taste is a very great event to attend in Chicago and is a Chicago tradition me being a Chicago native just can't turn away because it is part of Chicago's tradition and culture and is really one of our very well attended and anticipated event. I still think I will be attend again this year for almost the 15th time in my life.
Devin T. May 13, 2013
I have always been a fan of the taste of Chicago. I am a big fan of food and an even bigger fan of tasting. The taste of Chicago was a great place for a tourist to bring his family when they are visiting in Chicago but the recent spike of the uncontrollable violence in Chicago has turned my interest away from the Taste. The last couple years I have went I have experienced shootings, rioting, and groups of young people mobbing and just acting all around ignorant. They have since improved the security but the climbing ticket prices have driven me away also. Don't get me wrong, the Taste is a very great event to attend in Chicago and is a Chicago tradition me being a Chicago native just can't turn away because it is part of Chicago's tradition and culture and is really one of our very well attended and anticipated event. I still think I will be attend again this year for almost the 15th time in my life.
Eric H. Feb 25, 2013
While I was truly excited to go to "The Taste" I was hugely disappointed due to the fact that you needed to buy tickets in order to get any kind of food. I will not blame anything on the tremendous heat, and lack of shade (and therefore the resultant sunburn), but I will blame me leaving on the fact that the tickets were extremely over priced, and you no doubted will leave with extras (if you don't feel like giving them to the homeless). With that aside, the food was delicious, and I was able to try a wide variety of foods and restaurants I probably would have never other wise. All in all, if you got some money to blow, you can get some good food, but the other festivals throughout Chicago are a much better deal!
Molly T. Nov 19, 2012
I've been living within 30 or so minutes of Chicago all of my life and I've been to the Taste of Chicago multiple times. I will admit that the food is really good and it gives you a chance to try a lot of different things before deciding if you want to check that restaurant out or if you like that type of food. Watch out though, the tickets get kind of pricy and the priciest item that everyone wants to continue buying is beer. Most of the concerts and musical acts offered at Taste of Chicago don't always catch my attention, and especially in the sweltering heat I don't always feel that it's worth it to stand in a crowd of a ton of people to see an okay band or musician. But going with a group of friends is always fun, and that way you can all get different samples of food and share! My advice would be making a spending limit for yourself so you don't go overboard on buying tickets (especially if you get drunk and start thinking it's a good idea). It's a staple event for everyone who's from Chicago, and definitely a cool event for tourists and out-of-towners to check out. Dress cool and bring lots of sun screen and a hot because in the middle of July it's usually very hot at this event. Definitely worth going in my book!
Brian H. Oct 5, 2012
I grew up in Chicago but ten years ago moved out to Los Angeles. Now, I try to plan my trips back to visit home around July 4th, in some part, because I still love taking the train into town for the Taste of Chicago. Vendors of all kinds take to closed city streets to serve up the best food they have to offer. It was here I was first introduced to Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce so obviously I have mad respect for the event. Check out the schedule if you’re going because they have concerts at Grant Park as well as on other smaller stages throughout the area. The only drawback (and it’s a big one) is that the crowds are enormous. I couldn’t imagine not taking the train into this chaos. Also, navigating the Taste itself can get a bit cumbersome. But it’s still a cool event that’s worth at least checking out once for anyone looking to experience a Chicago tradition.
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