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Event Overview: The City of Chicago and the Mayor’s Office of Special Events presents the annual Chicago Taste of Chicago 2014. Each day more than 70 local restaurateurs offer a delicious combination of ethnic items, family favorites, exotic and Chicago specialties feeding more than 3 million people in Grant Park, in downtown Chicago. Live entertainment is also provided every day by a variety of musical performances on multiple stages. Be sure to check the website for updated information concerning musical guests and the Taste of Chicago schedule.

What to Expect: The Taste of Chicago 2014 not only has tons of different cuisines and dishes to choose from, but live music entertainment is another major draw to the event. It's free to go, and if you are hungry, which you will be, the food tickets are cheap.

  • Food: At the Taste of Chicago Fest you'll find yourself overwhelmed with food options, but eventually you will find the perfect taste to suit your cravings. The Taste of Chicago is the best way to try all the different Chicago cuisines.
  • Entertainment: The live music entertainment at the Taste of Chicago 2014 will serenade you as you grub.
  • Prices: The Taste of Chicago is FREE, but the food is not. If you want to sample the food, which you will, the tickets are $8 for 12 tickets, and most of the booths sell their samples for 2-4 tickets.

Inside Knowledge: The Taste of Chicago 2014 and its enormous popularity with the local Chicagoans has caused many cities throughout the nation to follow suit with their own "taste" festivals.

Event Hints: 

  • Don't drive because parking at the Taste of Chicago Fest is horrendous. It would be best to use public transportation, or walk if you are close enough.
  • Bring some cash so you can buy tickets for food. The vendors only take food tickets.


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Avsummergirl

Joined: July 2013

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Overall:
4.75
Event:
5
Location:
4
View:
5
Staff:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date Visited: 7/13

Was it crowded:

2013 taste of Chicago. My experience.

Going in knowing what to expect makes the event extremely worthwhile! I bought two strips of tickets in advance at Dominick's for $7 each, and then one more strip at the event for $8 (12 tickets per strip). Take a water bottle with you! Got there this morning for the Eli's cheesecake opening ceremony. Watched contortionist, Chinese balancing acts, lots of intros, the Australian Bee Gees, speeches and photo ops, including a celeb from chicago fire...after 50 minutes we all received a free piece of cheesecake. Although hot and muggy waiting, cake was delicious!!

Next I moved on and got red beans and rice with jerk chicken from Vee Vees. Very good. Moist chicken, good flavor. A little watery.

Rainbow cone called my name next and I ordered the 5 ticket rainbow taste. This was a perfect sampling of 7 different flavors and was delicious.

After getting a bud light for 10 tickets, which was refreshingly cold, and some really yummy mustard fried catfish from BJs Market, I headed over to Dominick's Cooking Corner where I watched Rick Bayless, chef at Frontera Grill put on a very good demo for making guacamole and an accompanying cocktail. This was followed by Ted Allen of the Food Network show, Chopped, where two local chefs competed for $10,000 to be given to their favorite charity. Fun and excellent entertainment.

From there I got a crab Rangoon taste from the Noodle Vietnamese which was large, hot and very tasty. After this I went for a taste of spinach stuffed pizza from Bacino's of Lincoln Park. This was my favorite taste of the day. I ended with the chocolate frozen baby banana from the fudge pot, which I was very disappointed to see wasn't their creation but was a pre packaged banana made by Diana's Bananas. This was my least favorite taste of the day.

So, great day. Nice music. Some smelly people, but crowds not too bad. I left by 5:00 and it was beginning to get more crowded with lines. Before that, no problem at all.


*Some images shown above are not actual photos from the venue, but category representations. Visit the hotel's web site for actual photos.

Taste of Chicago 2014

Jul
9
Until Jul 13

Location

Grant Park
337 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Jul 09,2014 - Jul 13,2014

Event Cost

FREE

The Taste of Chicago is the World's Largest Food Festival

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Event Quick Facts

  • The Taste of Chicago 2014 is the world's largest food festival, held annually in Grant Park.
  • The Chicago Taste of Chicago 2014 was first held on July 4th, 1980 and has grown immensely since.
  • 70+ food vendors and restaurateurs participate in the Taste of Chicago 2014 and serve roughly 3 million customers during the course of the festival.

Website:
http://explorechicago.org/city/en/supporting_narrative/events___special_events/special_events/park_district/Taste_of_Chicago.html

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Avsummergirl

Joined: July 2013

xxx.xxx.170.200

Overall:
4.75
Event:
5
Location:
4
View:
5
Staff:
5

Would recommend to a friend

Date Visited: 7/13

Was it crowded:

2013 taste of Chicago. My experience.

Going in knowing what to expect makes the event extremely worthwhile! I bought two strips of tickets in advance at Dominick's for $7 each, and then one more strip at the event for $8 (12 tickets per strip). Take a water bottle with you! Got there this morning for the Eli's cheesecake opening ceremony. Watched contortionist, Chinese balancing acts, lots of intros, the Australian Bee Gees, speeches and photo ops, including a celeb from chicago fire...after 50 minutes we all received a free piece of cheesecake. Although hot and muggy waiting, cake was delicious!!

Next I moved on and got red beans and rice with jerk chicken from Vee Vees. Very good. Moist chicken, good flavor. A little watery.

Rainbow cone called my name next and I ordered the 5 ticket rainbow taste. This was a perfect sampling of 7 different flavors and was delicious.

After getting a bud light for 10 tickets, which was refreshingly cold, and some really yummy mustard fried catfish from BJs Market, I headed over to Dominick's Cooking Corner where I watched Rick Bayless, chef at Frontera Grill put on a very good demo for making guacamole and an accompanying cocktail. This was followed by Ted Allen of the Food Network show, Chopped, where two local chefs competed for $10,000 to be given to their favorite charity. Fun and excellent entertainment.

From there I got a crab Rangoon taste from the Noodle Vietnamese which was large, hot and very tasty. After this I went for a taste of spinach stuffed pizza from Bacino's of Lincoln Park. This was my favorite taste of the day. I ended with the chocolate frozen baby banana from the fudge pot, which I was very disappointed to see wasn't their creation but was a pre packaged banana made by Diana's Bananas. This was my least favorite taste of the day.

So, great day. Nice music. Some smelly people, but crowds not too bad. I left by 5:00 and it was beginning to get more crowded with lines. Before that, no problem at all.