Admission & Hours
June 27-July 6, 2008
Admission into the Taste of Chicago festival grounds and concerts is FREE!
You do not need a ticket to see the concerts. A limited amount of tickets for reserved seating at the Petrillo Music Shell are only given to Taste of Chicago sponsors, guests of performers and members of the working press. However, the seating area opens up to the public a half hour before each concert and is available to the public on a first come-first served basis from the entrance gate on Jackson Blvd. between Columbus and Lake Shore Dr. and we encourage you to please arrive early.
The Taste of Chicago opens at 11:00 a.m.
Ticket sales end at 8:30 p.m.
Taste of Chicago closes at 9:00 p.m.
July 3rd & 4th ticket sales end at 9:00 p.m. and the event closes at 9:30 p.m.
On the final day, July 6th, the 2008 Taste of Chicago tickets sales end at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
For your dog's protection and for the public's safety, all dogs are restricted from the festivals and you will be asked to leave the festival with your dog.
Alcoholic beverages are not allowed into the festival grounds. Coolers are NOT allowed in the seating area of the Petrillo Music Shell.
And if one night of fireworks is wonderful, two is fantastic. On Friday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m., Taste will light up the sky in a simultaneous show with the Navy Pier display.
Petrillo Music Shell
Grant Park Orchestra; Christopher Bell, Conductor
INDEPENDENCE EVE AT GRANT PARK
KEY - Star Spangled Banner
CHADWICK - Jubilee from Symphonic Sketches
DVORAK - Largo from New World Symphony
NELSON - Savannah River Holiday
INTERMISSION 20 minutes
BERNSTEIN - Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
HAYMAN - Pops Hoe-Down
LOWDEN - Armed Forces Salute
TCHAIKOVSKY - Overture 1812
City of Chicago/WTMX July 3rd Fireworks Soundtrack
Beginning at approximately 9:31 pm
Intro (Before fireworks launch)
KAYNE WEST - Homecoming
BON JOVI - Living on a Prayer
LENNY KRAVITZ - American Woman
RIHANNA - Don't Stop the Music
PRINCE - Let's Go Crazy
KILLERS - Mr. Brightside
SARA BAREILLES - Love Song
COLDPLAY - Clocks
GWEN STEFANI - The Sweet Escape
GOOD CHARLOTTE - I Don't Wanna Be In Love
KAYNE WEST - Stronger
K. T. TUNSTALL - Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
MATCHBOX TWENTY - How Far We've Come
END TIME 9:50 pm
Food & Beverage Tickets
Food and beverages are sold by tickets only. Tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8 at the festival, which includes a $2 surcharge that contributes to event amenities including clean up, security and recycling.
Each vendor has the food prices posted on their booth. More than 200 different food items are available at the event, with no food item costing more than 10 tickets “Taste of” portions (smaller offerings of one of the restaurants menu items) are available for 1-4 tickets.
Tickets are available for purchase in advance at participating Dominick's stores with a Fresh Values Card beginning June 20th for a discount of $6 per strip (limit 4 strips per purchase, 12 tickets per strip), after the Taste of Chicago opens, tickets will be available for $8 per strip.
Tickets will be sold during the event at ticket booths.
Grant Park in Downtown Chicago
300 S. Columbus
The following streets will be closed for the Taste of Chicago:
• Columbus from Monroe to Roosevelt
• Jackson from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
• Congress from Michigan to Columbus
The streets will remain closed from Saturday, June 21, 2008 to Monday, July 7, 2008 at 3:00 p.m.
Getting to the Festival
The following are driving directions to the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park.
From Northern Suburbs & Northwest Side of the City:
Take the Kennedy or Edens Expressway (90/94) East to Ohio Exit, take Ohio to Columbus, turn right to parking or Grant Park.
From the Northeast & Southeast Side of the City:
Take Lake Shore Drive Southbound or Northbound to Randolph. Turn left at Columbus to enter parking garages
From South & Southwest Suburbs and Southwest Side of the City:
Take Dan Ryan (90/94) North to Congress (290 Eisenhower Expressway), turn left at State to Monroe, turn right. Monroe to Columbus, turn left to parking garages (see parking listed below).
From Western Suburbs:
Eastbound on (290 Eisenhower Expressway) to State Street, turn left at State to Monroe, turn right. Monroe to Columbus, turn left and parking garage entrances are located in the center of the street.
Parking is not available on festival grounds. Parking garages are located at the Millennium Park Garage that can be accessed on Columbus between Randolph and Monroe from either north or south, the Monroe Street Underground at Monroe & Columbus, and the Grant Park Underground parking garage entrances located at Michigan at Madison and Michigan at Randolph. Visit chicagoparkingmap.com to locate parking near your destination.