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Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago
Fast Facts

Where: Grant Park - North/South between Monroe Avenue and Balbo Drive, East/West between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.

When: Wednesday, July 5 to Sunday, July 9, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Admission: Admission and events are free, with food and drinks purchased via 'Taste Tickets' only. Tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8.50.

Street Closings: Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt, Jackson from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive, Congress from Michigan to Columbus.

Getting there: CTA bus lines #145 or #151 to Monroe/Michigan stop, or Loop Red and Blue line subway stops to Monroe Harbor.

Subway: Chicago Transit

Water Taxis: Shoreline


It was a casual affair that lasted only a day when it was first launched In 1980 by a group of Chicago restaurateurs.

Today, Taste of Chicago has become the nation's largest outdoor food festival drawing almost 4 million people each year.

Taste of Chicago (locally known simply as "The Taste") celebrates its 38th anniversary in 2017 as the city once again gears up to welcome visitors from metro Chicago, around the U.S., and worldwide.

Sights, Smells and Sounds

The big attraction? The food, of course! Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs as well polish sausage and dozens of other ethnic specialties are the star of the show as over 70 restaurants from around Chicagoland offer up more than 300 of their menu's best dishes to an appreciative audience.

Admission is free to Taste of Chicago, although "Taste Tickets" must be bought to purchase food and drinks during the 10-day bash (cash is not accepted.)

2017 Concert Lineup

Other events during the annual summer festival in Grant Park include free performances of live music at the Petrillo Music Shell, and other stage venues featuring local and nationally-known big name performers.

The official Taste of Chicago concert lineup was announced in May with tickets going on sale soon after at the Taste of Chicago website and

Wednesday, July 5, 5:30pm
Alessia Cara
Eryn Allen Kane

taste of chicago concert lineup
Headlining at Taste of Chicago in 2017 are (from top left)
Alessia Cara, Café Tacvba, Ben Harper &
The Innocent Criminals, and Passion Pit.

Thursday, July 6, 5:30pm
Café Tacvba
¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá
Los Vicios de Papá

Friday, July 7, 5:30pm
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Twin Peaks

Saturday, July 8, 4:30pm
Passion Pit
The Kickback

Sunday, July 9, 4:30pm
The O'Jays
Maurice Jackson's Independents

NOTE: Concert admission prices have recently jumped to $50 for tickets in front of the Petrillo Music Shell. A majority of seats on the lawn beyond, with a capacity of 30,000, remain free.

Getting There

Getting to Grant Park by car is problematic (though not impossible, with nearby parking available), but the summer crush makes public transportation the far more attractive option (for directions, see above). Hotels most convenient to the festival are the Hilton Chicago (720 South Michigan Avenue) and the Chicago Essex Inn (800 S Michigan Avenue).

With the sights, smells and general delights associated with festival, Taste of Chicago has grown to become one of Chicago's biggest events of the year, and if you're in town it definitely should be at the top of your must-do list!

Have fun!

taste of chicago images
Taste of Chicago features gourmet dishes, street fare food, kids' activities, and top music performances.

also see in Travel-> Chicago Venetian Night | Chicago Marathon

Lollapalooza | Chicago Air & Water Show | Chicago Street Fairs


More about Taste of Chicago around the Web:

Taste of Chicago 2017
- Check out official information from Chicago's city site including this year's schedule, photos, maps & directions, parking information, history and fun facts.

Taste of Chicago - Time Out Chicago - What's hot at Taste of Chicago, plus how to get there, parking information and related Chicago travel resources.

Taste of Chicago - Wikipedia - Detailed overview with fun facts and historical details, popular vendors and entertainment with related references and resources, photos.


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