Every year, more than 65 of the most popular Chicago restaurants open up food booths all over Grant Park so visitors can ... More
Taste of Chicago
Every year, more than 65 of the most popular Chicago restaurants open up food booths all over Grant Park so visitors can sample a broad array of goodies from this most diverse restaurant city. The food, though a touch overpriced, is eminently affordable, and the other attractions of the Taste are all free: four entertainment stages feature live music, many stalls offer cooking demonstrations and others sell arts and crafts. Past festivals have featured a stunt high-diving show, various rides and a nightly dance (with free lessons.) Over three million people crowd in, so be prepared to fight your way to pizza, pork sandwiches, stuffed peppers, ribs, egg rolls, bratwurst.
My best friend Tim came to visit and he had known about the Taste of Chicago. I said sure why not and I am so glad I had the opportunity of going. I had so much fun and did so much eating and walking. I can't wait till next year!
crowded,hot,med to low quality food,poor sound quality music
By A Yahoo Contributor, 5/22/06
There are many very good eating establishments that present
their wares at this outdoor festival.There is no way they can
maintain any sort of quality under the conditions here.(picture
a cook,under a tent with three of four giant grills going full bore
for 4-6 hours at a time minimum.add flying insects,extreme heat,
and dishing out hundreds of paper plates through the smoke
and haze.how dedicated would YOU be to quality after several
Plus--I do not enjoy standing up and trying to eat off a paper
plate while being bumped by quasi-drunk people.The limited
picnic areas are mostly full and very dirty.
I highly recommend Chicago's food and music--but you may want to spend your
leisure $ in a much more comfortable,cleaner,secure environment.You know.Where you can sit down to eat and not
have to brush flying insects away from your food.
Where the music does not generally sound like a distant jukebox.You may miss the opportunity to experience all venues
in one place.It is worth the trade off.
As a local, I hate The Taste. It's great if you don't live in Chicago and want to try as many places as possible. But if I can get this food year round what is the point of fighting the crowds and braving the heat just to have a limited selection from places I can go to anytime???
This was one of the best street events we have ever been to. Fantastic food, friendly people and great music. I highly recommend it if you ever find yourself in my favorite city, to experience Chicago up close and personal. I live in NJ, but love Chicago. Go CUBS!!!
Great food! Great music entertainment! Everyone must go at least once in their life time. This event must never end and it makes Chicago in the summer time. Crowds are aweful on the weekend, do during the week unless you have a great love for super crowds and lots of patience!
The experience and atmosphere are both one of a kind! Highly recommend to fun-loving people and singles. A great place to meet people.. and deffinately worth the money. Food tickets are a little pricey, but the music along with the great food and friends equals it all out! It would be near impossible to leave the Taste Of Chicago without any great memories or new numbers at hand... : ) When going though, I recommend taking the train, because its easier than driving, and you meet some pretty fun people on the way home! The whole experience is so much fun, and if you're looking for an awesome time during the summer heat...Then the Taste of Chicago is the place to go!
There is such a variety of things to do, see, and eat. The music is always great (even though Summerfest in Milwaukee does draw more of my type of music.) Now that we have moved from the Chicago area- I appreciate it more in reflection!
I grew up in Chicago and I still remember what a great event this was. Different cultures, different types of food, and the best of all, a variety of people of different cultures in one place. It was great, just an amazing lifetime experience!
I like different groups and types of ethnicity of cultures that come together to meet, greet and EAT!! The food is marvelous and the shows at the Patrillo band shell are awesome and there's a different line up each year. Also I'm from Chicago and have been going since the 1st Taste of Chicago back in 1984, they haven't ceased to amaze me yet!
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