Downtown Chicago is always full of hustle and activity, but daily life is nothing compared to the city’s best-known food festival: the Taste of Chicago.
Taste of Chicago – known to Chicagoans as “The Taste” – brings together Chicago restaurants and food vendors to show off the flavor of the city for a five-day annual event. Taking over Grant Park, the festival hosts an average of three million visitors and contains approximately 40 restaurants each year. New additions include “pop-up restaurants,” which serve food for only one of the five days, and a spot for Chicago food trucks to park.
Aside from the ever-abundant Chicago-style hot dogs and various ethnic and regional foods, the festival provides musical acts and carnival rides. Both local and nationally renowned musical talents take the stage to perform live music for the visitors as they peruse the food stands. Each night also features live performances from the hottest bands today.
Taste of Chicago visitors range from local residents to Chicagoland natives and worldwide travelers, all experiencing the flavors of the city. The Taste stands out from all other festivals in size as well as unique ambiance, blending a festival atmosphere with the classic feel of dining out.
For more information about the different restaurants, performers and activities, check out the City of Chicago’s page for this year’s Taste of Chicago.
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