Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, July 2019. (Photo courtesy of DCASE)

Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, July 2019. (Photo courtesy of DCASE)

The City of Chicago and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), welcome back one of the city’s favorite summertime festivals, Taste of Chicago, July 8-10 to Grant Park. See ALL details and music schedules below.

Taste of Chicago, presented by John Deere, brings a bite-sized taste to Grant Park and will feature:

  • 30 food vendors, along with a beer hall, wine tent, cocktail lounge
  • New this year – No Taste food tickets, all vendors accept credit or cash; plus
  • Free admission to all music performances on three stages over three days
  • Chicago SummerDance lessons, kicking off with four dance styles born in Chicago
  • “John Deere X Chicago Experience” highlighting the company’s work in agriculture, construction, and now Chicago. Featuring John Deere 360° Theatre • Illinois Augmented Reality • Community Tables and Seating Area • 245G Excavator Pizza Cutter Photo Op (Chicago’s largest pizza cutter!) • 8R Tractor Display
  • Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago celebrate their birthdays with a 1,000 lb birthday cheesecake! Special presentation of the cake with Chicago’s own Bonnie Hunt and live performances by Teatro ZinZanni and more; Sat., July 9, 12-1 pm.
  • NBC Chicago Family Village offering interactive family activities
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre & The Q Brothers special family show and more

Taste of Chicago in Grant Park follows the success of three Taste neighborhood events this past June that brought the city’s culinary excellence to Austin, Pullman and Little Village.

WHEN: Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10, 11am – 9pm, Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain

FOOD VENDORS include Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, Yum Dum, The Sole Ingredient Catering LLC, Prime Tacos, Tandoor Char House, Josephine's Southern Cooking, Porkchop, Churro Factory, Seoul Taco, Mr. E Chef Catering LLC, Puffs of Doom, Doom Street Eats, Billy Goat, Chicago’s Dog House, Arun’s Thai Restaurant, Esperanza Kitchen Delights, Connie’s Pizza, BJ’s Market & Bakery, Healthy Substance, Franco’s Ristorante, Harold's Chicken, Don Paleta, Cynthia's Gumbo Express Inc, Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes, La Cocinita Food Truck, Whadda Jerk, Haire's Gulf Shrimp, Auntie Vee's Kitchen, Mr. Quiles Mexican Food and Decadent Flavor. Note: No Taste tickets this year; credit cards accepted by all food vendors. Details at TasteofChicago.us.

MUSIC AND DANCE LINEUP: Each evening Taste of Chicago presents crowd-pleasing concerts including Nelly, Local H, Girl K, Drive-By Truckers and more. Chicago Made, a DCASE initiative that supports local talent, presents top emerging artists as openers on the Taste Main Stage. Free admission to all concerts this year. Chicago SummerDance offers free introductory dance lessons in a wide range of styles. Music and dance schedules below and at TasteofChicago.us.

For safety and security and additional visitor information >> Plan Your Visit


Friday, July 8

Goose Island Stage

  • 11am-12:30pm - DJ Janesita 
    Featured Marching Band: Bandwith Chicago 
  • 12:30-2:15pm - DJ Ayana Contreras 
  • 2:15-4pm – DJ Jill Hopkins
  • 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 

Chicago SummerDance Stage

SummerDance kicks off Taste with four dance styles born in Chicago!

  • 12pm - Line Dancing, featuring the Cha-Cha Slide / Just Jammin' with Janelle & Company
  • 1pm - Steppin’ / Shaun Ballentine
  • 2pm - Polka Hop / Arletta Gromek
  • 3pm - Footwork / Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas
  • 12-4pm - Music by DJ Mwelwa

Taste Main Stage

Host and DJ for the evening: DJ Mike P

  • 5pm - Shaylin B and John The Author, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm - AMI
  • 7:15pm – Nelly

Saturday, July 9

Taste Goose Island Stage

  • 11am-2pm - DJ Johnny Jones Lingo Chicago 
     Featured Marching Band: Lane Tech Varsity Band 
  • 12:00-1pm - Eli's Cheesecake Birthday Celebration!
    • Eli’s Cheesecake and Taste of Chicago birthday celebration with 1,000 lb. birthday cheesecake! Special presentation features Chicago’s own Bonnie Hunt as emcee with live performances by Teatro ZinZanni, The Happiness Club hip hop youth troupe and more. Cake cutting at 1pm; free cheesecake for public.
  • 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 

Chicago SummerDance Stage

  • 11:30am–1pm - A Walkie Talkie Dancey Party! Presented by Chicago Children’s Theatre & The Q Brothers
  • 1pm - Ballroom Basics (for kids and families) / Dancing With Class 
  • 2pm - East Coast Swing / May I Have This Dance 
  • 3pm - Merengue / May I Have This Dance 
  • 1–4pm - Music by May I Have This Dance

Taste Main Stage

DJ for the evening: Sandra Treviño

  • 5pm - Vivian Garcia and Pinqy Ring, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm - Girl K
  • 7:15pm - Aterciopelados

Sunday, July 10

Taste Goose Island Stage

  • 11am-12:15pm - DJ Chuck Wren 
    Featured Marching Band: Lakeside Pride Marching Band 
  • 12:15-2pm - DJ Machede 
  • 2-3:30pm - DJ Selah Say 
  • 3:30-4:30pm - Happy Hour Karaoke with The People's Stage 
  • 4:30-6:30pm - Duane Powell 
  • 6:30-8:30pm - Jamal Smallz 

Chicago SummerDance Stage

  • 12pm - Salsa / La Mecca Dance Chicago
  • 1pm - Kizomba / Shafeeha Monae
  • 2pm - Bachata / Chicago Dance
  • 3pm - Afrobeat / Stacy “Jukeboxx” Letrice
  • 12–4pm - Music by DJ Kimani Rashad

Taste Main Stage

DJ for the evening: Miss Alex White (White Mystery)

  • 5pm - Rebecca Brunner and Marina City, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm - Local H
  • 7:15pm - Drive-By Truckers

Taste of Chicago 2022 is presented by John Deere and produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages food operations. The festival is sponsored in part by Goose Island Beer CompanyPepsiNBC 5 & Telemundo ChicagoChicago Transit AuthorityEli's CheesecakeIllinois LotteryMillennium Garages and WGN TV.

(For more information on the FREE-admission festival, visit TasteofChicago.us. Parking information can be found here: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago0.html)

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