PHOTOS: First Day at the 2011 Taste

Chicago's biggest festival kicks off.

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The Taste of Chicago began Friday, welcoming an assortment of food and drink from a variety of restaurants and bars throughout Chicago. The taste festival goes until July 3.
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Art Wolnika, Chicago, enjoys corn on the cob from The Abbey.
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Long lines begin to form at the various ticket booths at the Taste of Chicago.
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"The ribs are even better than last year!" -- Aidan Wagner and her daughters Tabitha (L) and Charlotte (R) enjoy ribs from Ron's Ribs.
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An employee of Jinanze, an African cuisine restaurant, cooks goat on the grill at the restaurant's booth on Columbus Street.
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"It's nice to get the taste portions of everything, especially foods that you don't get all the time." -- Lana Pedersen, Palos Hills, enjoys a red velvet cupcake from Parrot Cage Restaurant.
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Tracie McDaniel (R), Chicago, enjoys her taste portion of the jerk chicken and plantain with rice and beans from Jinanze.
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Len Trovero, Chicago, and family at the Taste of Chicago.
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Taste of Chicago booths line the sidewalks Columbus Street.
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"So far it's been pretty busy, but every year I'm here it gets better." -- Oscar Rodriguez, Chicago, booth worker at Eli's Cheesecake
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Stacy Martin, Oak Forest, and Maggie O'Connor, St. John, Ind. enjoy vegetable tempura from Guey Lon.
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Danielle Ikoma, Naperville, enjoys bruschetta and cheese pizza from Lou Malnati's.
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Denise Ikoma, Naperville, and her family enjoy Lou Malnati's taste portions on the side of Columbus street. "My husband and I have been coming here since the first Taste, and when the kids came along we continued the tradition."
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"The taste is upon us - there are a lot of different booths, it's really well-rounded for families." -- Ashley Lynn, Chicago
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A large inflated beer bottle from a Taste beer booth joins the skyline of south Michigan Avenue.
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