Taste of Chicago Opening Day 2014

The annual food fest featuring more than 60 local vendors starts Wednesday and ends July 13.

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The 34th annual Taste of Chicago, the city's annual free festival, will be held July 9-13 this year and features live music, activities for kids and 64 local restaurants and food trucks.
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Last year's Taste of Chicago drew and estimated 1.5 million visitors during its five-day run.
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Casey Rooney (left), 18-year-old Richton Park native, and Maddey Funk, 18-year-old Homewood native, try ice cream from Original Rainbow Cone.
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John McEachin, 31-year-old New York City native, tries barbecue rib tips from Robinson's No. 1 Ribs.
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Along with its Original Plain Strawberry Cheesecake, Eli's Cheesecake, located at 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr., served up Oreo and Honey Mediterranean cheesecakes.
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Mariano's, one of Chicago's supermarket chains, hosted In the Kitchen with Mariano's, a series of free cooking forums featuring celebrity chefs.
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Jalen Moses, 18-year-old Chicago-native, tries a Turkey Leg from Manny's Coffee shop. The restaurant returned to the Taste this year.
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Despite being surrounded by reporters, Mayor Rahm Emanuel strolled through the opening day to greet Chicagoans and grab food.
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Emanuel stopped by Mariano's for a bite of watermelon.
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Mayan Sol Latin Grill, 3830 W. Lawrence Ave., was one of eight new pop-up restaurants to participate this year. This Albany Park restaurant served customers Empanadas Colombianas, Chuchitos and Rellenitos.
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Along with many veteran restaurants such as Connie's Pizza and Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, six new five-day vendors joined the lineup like The Savoy, SpritzBurger and Mariano's.
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