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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.

Just up ahead, check out the main Taste of Chicago schedule including times and dates of music acts, and a list of Chicago restaurants and food vendors participating this year.

Have fun!

2023 Taste of Chicago schedule

Along with restaurant fare and other food vendors, a variety of food trucks will be on hand for more tasty offerings PLUS free performances by music artists across three stages in Grant Park.

Chicago SummerDance will also offer free dance lessons in footwork, salsa, East Coast Swing and line dancing from 12-4pm. All skill levels welcome!



Cumin Club Indian Kitchen
Sapori Trattoria
Arun’s Thai Restaurant
The Original Rainbow Cone
Healthy Substance Kitchen
LC Pho Restaurant
Yum Dum, Churro Factory (Xurro)
African Food Palace
The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
Robinson No. 1 Ribs
Classic Cobbler
Baked Goods Company
JJ Thai Street Food
Doom Street Eats
Senegalese Cuisine
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Billy Goat Tavern
Chicago Eats
Funnel Cakes
Frannie’s Café
Prime Tacos
The Sole Ingredient Catering
Market & Bakery
Connie’s Pizza
Seoul Taco Chicago
Chicago’s Doghouse
Tandoor Char House
Pies of London
Mr. E Chef Catering
Josephine’s Cooking
Yvolina’s Tamales


Friday, September 8
DJ for the evening: Selah Say
5pm Slique Jay Adams and Mamii, both presented by Chicago Made
6pm Meagan McNeal
7pm Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50
featuring Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One and Slick Rick

Saturday, September 9
DJ for the evening: DJ Janesita
5pm ÉSSO, presented by Chicago Made
6pm Lupita Infante with Mariachi Sirenas
7pm Proyecto Uno

Sunday, July 10
DJ for the evening: DJ Mike P
5pm Nola Adé and Cloud Farmers, both presented by Chicago Made
6pm White Mystery
7:15pm Whitney

Chicago SummerDance

Friday, September 8, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
11 a.m. DJ and Open Dancing
12 p.m. Line Dancing / Fre2Dance
1 p.m. Peruvian Folk Dance / Center of Peruvian Arts
2 p.m. Balboa (Swing) / Desiree Roffers
3 p.m. Reggaeton / Latin Street
4 p.m. DJ and Open Dancing

Saturday, September 9, 1 – 4:45 p.m.
1 p.m. Salsa / Latin Rhythms
2 p.m. Country Two-Step / Second City Country Dance Association
3 p.m. Zouk / Urbanity Dance Chicago
4 p.m. Dabke / Phaedra Darwish

Sunday, July 10, 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
11 a.m. DJ and Open Dancing
12 p.m. Steppin’ / Majestic Gents
1 p.m. Eastern European Folk Dance / Ethnic Dance Chicago
2 p.m. Bollywood / Meher Dance Company
3 p.m. Bachata / Desueño Dance
4 p.m. DJ and Open Dancing

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

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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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