JULY 10 – 14, 2019
Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.
Free admission (ticket purchase required for food)
Wednesday – Friday: 11a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Welcome to the world’s largest free-admission outdoor food festival. The annual lakefront extravaganza lets you fill up on all the flavors of the city, from classic Chicago specialties to international cuisine to chef-inspired creations. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a bite of some of the best Chicago restaurants.
This year, 82 restaurants will participate in Taste of Chicago, including 24 pop-up spots and 17 food trucks. Plus, you can check out local artists and their work, catch performances from local dance companies, and hear live music from big-name acts (all for free).
HOW IT WORKS
Admission to the Taste of Chicago is free. Tickets for food and beverages are sold in strips of 14 for $10. You can use tickets to buy taste-size and full-size portions from any of the 82 food vendors. Every vendor offers small “taste” portions that are between 1 and 6 tickets (that’s $3 or less), which gives visitors a perfect way to sample from a bunch of different Chicago restaurants. Walk up and down the rows of vendor booths — make sure not to miss the one-day pop-ups or the food trucks parked nearby.
Beverage tents and experiences are located throughout the event. The CH Vodka Cocktail Lounge, the city’s largest pop-up bar, will offer mixology specials to enjoy by Buckingham Fountain. The popular Goose Island Backyard Brewery will offer Taste-goers a select list of craft beers and ciders. And the Stella Rosa Wine Garden featuring the Riboli Family Wines, awarded the American Winery of the Year for 2018 by Wine Enthusiast, will offer an array of wine varietals.
WHAT TO DO (BESIDES EAT)
FREE CONCERTS AT THE PETRILLO MUSIC SHELL
Taste of Chicago will also present a diverse mix of national and international artists at nightly concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell along with a daily schedule of local artists at the Goose Island Stage. Check out the star-studded lineup:
Wednesday, July 10: Sunflower Bean, Courtney Barnett
Thursday, July 11: Cultura Profética, Bomba Estéreo
Friday, July 12: Taylor Bennett, De La Soul
Saturday, July 13: Joywave, lovelytheband, The Strumbellas
Sunday, July 14: Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, India.Arie
Grab a free seat in the lawn or buy tickets for a seat. Other entertainment options throughout the festival include:
- The Goose Island Stage will offer five days of free performances by Chicago’s best up-and-coming and established artists.
- The new Theatre Garden will showcase local theatre groups with performances by the world renowned Second City, Porchlight Musical Theatre and other sketch and improv groups.
- Chicago’s very own Kit Kat Lounge and Supper Club will present The Mermaid Diva Show on the west side of Buckingham Fountain each day at 3 p.m.
- Chicago SummerDance, the largest annual outdoor live music and dancing series in the United States, will be offering free dance lessons in a variety of style at Buckingham Fountain Plaza each day of the festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
- Join the new silent disco happening daily at the fountain from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. After getting a set of headphones, participants dance along to tunes from one of two DJs spinning different genres.
- Families and kids will enjoy the Taste of Chicago Playground located on the west side of Columbus Drive. Back this year is the Ferris Wheel along with an array of inflatables for kids. Tickets for rides will be available for purchase on site.
DEMONSTRATIONS AT THE TASTE KITCHEN
The Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on Buckingham Fountain Plaza dishes up a full menu of cooking demonstrations by local and national chefs including Chef Mary Nguyen of Saigon Sisters, Chef Martial Noguier of Bistronomic, Chef Michael Sheerin of Taureaux Tavern, and Chef Giancarlo Valera of Tanta Chicago. Each day of the cooking demos will feature a different culinary theme:
Wednesday, July 10: Best Lists will highlight award-winning chefs, restaurants, and dishes that have been featured on various “best of” lists.
Thursday, July 11: City Streets will feature chefs and restaurants from the many notable or historic city streets across Chicago.
Friday, July 12: Healthy Eating will spotlight delicious dishes that are also healthy, gluten-free, vegan or vegetarian.
Saturday, July 13: Spicy Hot will star a variety of cuisines that bring the heat.
Sunday, July 14: Mac N Cheese Smackdown is a fun-and-friendly showcase of chefs battling it out for mac and cheese supremacy.
And there’s so much more: walk through the Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring live painting by local artists. The Stomping Grounds Chicago area will showcase performances by local dance companies. Watch a daily procession of The March of the Puppets. And so much more.
For the latest updates, visit tasteofchicago.us.
Street Closures: The following streets will be closed during the Taste of Chicago through Monday, July 16 at 4 p.m.:
- Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
- Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
- Congress, from Columbus to Congress Parkway semi-circle
Public Transportation: Visit www.transitchicago.com
Parking: Park right near the action at Millennium Garages.
Biking: Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.