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Taste of Chicago
Taste of Chicago
Fast Facts

Where: Grant Park

When: Friday September 8 – Sunday, September 10, 2023

Admission: Admission and events are free, with food and drinks purchased onsite with cash or credit card.

Subway: Chicago Transit

Water Taxis: Shoreline


This September, watch for an all-new and delicious edition of Taste of Chicago scheduled from Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10.

That's right! Due to a scheduling snafu, the annual taste fest moves this year from its traditional July time period to a weekend in September in Grant Park.

Newly introduced last year, "mini-tastes" will still be featured throughout the city in various other Chicago neighborhoods in 2023 including Humboldt Park (June 24), Pullman Park (July 15), and Marquette Park (August 5).for a month-long food and entertainment extravaganza.

Meanwhile, keep it here for the complete schedule including times and dates of music acts, along with a list of Chicago restaurants and food vendors participating this year.

Have fun!

A look back at 2022 Taste of Chicago

Events during the annual summer festival included free performances by well-known music artists across three stages in Grant Park.

Check out the full schedule, below:

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

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2022 Food Vendors at Grant Park

Whadda Jerk
The Original Rainbow Cone
Don Paleta
Mr. Quiles Mexican Food
Decadent Flavor
Ms Tittle's Cupcakes
Haire's Gulf Shrimp
Buona Beef
Cynthia's Gumbo Express Inc
Doom Street Eats
Chicago's Doghouse
Auntie Vee's Kitchen
La Cocinita Food Truck
Taco Sublime
Josephine's Cooking 
Robinson's No.1 Ribs
Churro Factory
Yum Dum
Mr E Chef Catering LLC
The Sole Ingredient Catering LLC
Prime Tacos
Healthy Substance

Eli's Cheesecake Company
Barangaroos Aussie Pies
BJ's Market & Bakery
Arun's Thai Restaurant
Classic Cobbler Baked Goods Company
Tandoor Char House
Esperanza Kitchen Delights
Connie's Pizza
Restaurante Franco Inc.

2022 Main stage performances at Grant Park

Nelly and Drive by Truckers headline
on the main stage at Taste '22.

Friday, July 8 – Hosted by DJ Mike P
5pm: Shayln B and John The Author, presented by Chicago Made
6pm: AMI
7:15pm: Nelly

Saturday, July 9 – Hosted by DJ Sandra Treviño
5pm: Vivian Garcia and Pinqy Ring, presented by Chicago Made
6pm: Girl K
7:15pm: Aterciopelados

Sunday, July 10 – Hosted by DJ Miss Alex White (White Mystery)
5pm: Rebecca Brunner and Marina City, presented by Chicago Made
6pm: Local H
7:15pm: Drive-By Truckers

Goose Island Stage performances

Friday, July 8
10:45am–1pm: DJ Janesita, Bandwith Chicago
12:30–2:15pm: DJ Ayana Contreras
4–5pm: Happy Hour Karaoke with The People's Stage
5–6pm: Stroll Exhibition, hosted by Lizzie G with DJ Breathlezz
6–8:30pm: Trqpiteca

Saturday, July 9 
10:45am–2pm:DJ Johnny Jones Lingo Chicago, Lane Tech Varsity Band
12:30–2pm: Eli's Cheesecake Birthday Celebration
2–3:30pm: DJ Lady D
3:30–4:30pm: Happy Hour Karaoke with The People's Stage
4:30–6:30pm: Sadie Woods
6:30–8:30pm: DJ Mike P

Sunday, July 10
10:45am–12:15pm: DJ Chuck Wren, Lakeside Pride Marching Band
12:15–2pm: DJ Mached
2–3:30pm: DJ Selah Say

All about Taste of Chicago

It was a casual affair that lasted only a day when it was first launched In 1980 by a group of Chicago restaurateurs. It has since grown to become the nation's largest outdoor food festival drawing almost 4 million people each year.

Taste of Chicago (locally known as "The Taste") traditionally happens over a long weekend in early July -- as the city gears up to welcome visitors from metro Chicago, around the U.S., and worldwide.

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 food is avaiilable to purchase.

Getting There

Getting to Grant Park by car is problematic (though not impossible, with nearby parking available), but the summer crush makes Chicago transit the far more attractive option.

From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
Grant Park is also served by buses 3, 4, 6, J14, 20, 56, 60, 124, 146, 147, 151, 157

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!



More about Taste of Chicago around the Web:

Taste of Chicago 2023
- 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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