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Make Taste

11 new restaurants, and an iPhone app highlight the day.



    Make Taste
    Marcus Riley
    Moshpix: Starting Friday, the Taste of Chicago takes over Grant Park every day until the Fourth of July weekend. Admission to the Taste and its entertainment is free, but tickets for food will be sold in strips of 12 for $8. Entertainment includes bands such as Counting Crows and Ne-Yo. It's time to get your eat on!

    Chicago's biggest party of the year has arrived.

    The Taste of Chicago kicks off its 30th anniversary Friday in Grant Park and revelers are in for a treat.

    No less than 11 new restaurants will be featured at the street fair, and they'll be easier to get to after organizers decided to widen the paths that lead to them (welcome news for claustrophobic foodies). Also, for the first time in a long time all of the restaurants will come from within city limits after the city banned suburban entries.

    For those planning on attending this year's Taste who need help navigating the endless food options: There's now an app for that. 

    The app offers booth locations and food offerings, a color coded map, as well as show times for the park’s free concerts, which include perfomormances by Salt and Pepper and Bell Biv Devoe. The app also enables Taste-goers to rate and make notes on their favorite shows.

    One thing that may garner a negative rating is the lack of fireworks. The July 3rd fireworks that had become a staple of the event were shelved this year for budget reasons.

    The festival will run from June 25-July 4 in Grant Park.