Taste of Chicago by the Numbers

There's more to count at Taste besides the number of pizza slices you'll have eaten by the time it's over.

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Marcus Riley
Taste of Chicago 2010 |
The 30th anniversary of Chicago's biggest festival kicked off Friday with free concerts and entertainment and, of course, lots and lots of food. 11 new restaurants and an iPhone app are new additions to the Taste this year, which will run from June 25-July 4 in Grant Park.
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Taste of Chicago has traditionally ranked number 1 in size among Chicago's festivals, as well as being Illinois' second-largest tourist attraction.
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Taste of Chicago 2012 runs for 5 days between June 11-15 in Grant Park. The festival is open each day from from 11am to 9 pm each day. That's 50 hours of salacious food samples, live music and lakefront views -- 3,000 minutes and 180,000 seconds of Taste for those of you not willing doing the math at home.
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0. the cost of admission, which is unchanged this year.
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36 restaurants are participating this year.
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Bas Slabbers, Newsworks.org
1 singer named Chaka performing this year. That we know of.
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2.5 million: The amount of people who go to Taste each year, a number that will be lower this year because of the condensed schedule.
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$8 gets you a strip of 12 tickets at the fest.
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Kate Bernot
40 bucks gets you a ticket to the new Celebrity Chef du Jour lunch and dinner events. Most are sold out but tickets remain for Jimmy Bannos.
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7 dollars is what you'll pay if you buy it beforehand at Dominick's before July 10th.
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Ashley Reyes
32. The amount of years Taste has been in existence.
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Bryce Crawford
$25. The cost of a concert ticket if you want to get a reserved seat in the Petrillo Music Shell to check out the headlining performers.
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15 restaurants are participating in the new pop-up option this year, which allows eateries to set up for a single day.
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Ashley Reyes
30 bucks will get you all-day parking at the Millennium Park Garage.
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