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38th Annual Taste of Chicago Kicks Off in Grant Park



    38th Annual Taste of Chicago Kicks Off in Grant Park

    The iconic Taste of Chicago festival is returning to Chicago once again. Sandra Torres has details. 

    (Published Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

    Foodies, rejoice - it's Taste of Chicago time once again. 

    The iconic annual festival kicks off Wednesday, bringing plenty of food, drinks and music to the city's Grant Park. 

    Running from July 11-15, this marks the 38th year the Taste of Chicago will bring hundreds of menu items from around the city for festivalgoers to sample. 

    Here's what you need to know if you're planning to attend:

    Date, Time, Location

    Date: July 11-15, 2018

    Place: Grant Park (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.) Chicago, IL 60602

    Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm

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    Entering the festival is free but food and beverage tickets will need to be purchased. Those will be sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10.

    Street Closures

    The following streets will be closed during the Taste of Chicago through Monday, July 16 at 4 p.m.:

    • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
    • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
    • Congress, from Columbus to Congress Parkway semi-circle


    CTA: From the elevated lines: exit at Adams/Wabash. From the subway: exit at Jackson and walk several blocks east. For travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com

    Parking: Park near Grant Park and enjoy the nation's premier outdoor food festival, Taste of Chicago 2017! Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive. More info here

    Biking: Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.  `A Look at Taste of Chicago's 2018 Headliners`A Look at Taste of Chicago's 2018 Headliners

    Headliners and Performance Schedule

    Petrillo Music Shell

    Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.

    Martha Redbone Roots Project

    Brandi Carlile

    Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.

    La Santa Cecilia


    Friday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.

    Madame Gandhi

    Black Star

    Saturday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.

    Half Gringa

    Le Butcherettes

    The Flaming Lips

    Sunday, July 15, 4:30 p.m.

    The Boy Illinois

    BJ the Chicago Kid

    George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic

    Bud Light Stage

    (subject to change)

    Wednesday, July 11

    Noon–1 p.m. Raii and Whitney (R&B)

    1:20–2:20 p.m. You Are Here (Rock)

    2:40–3:40 p.m. NDPNDNT (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    4–5 p.m. Kiara Lanier (Alt/R&B)

    5:20–6:20 p.m. Archie Powell & The Exports (Rock)

    6:20–7:20 p.m. DJ Mike P

    Thursday, July 12

    Noon–1 p.m. Co-still (Hip Hop)

    1:20–2:20 p.m. Lester Rey (Contemporary Latin)

    2:40–3:40 p.m. Aniba Hotep & the Sol Collective (Soul/R&B)

    4–5 p.m. Dave Weld (Blues)

    5:20–6:20 p.m. Marina City (Rock)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    6:20–7:30 p.m. DJ Mike P

    Friday, July 13

    Noon–1 p.m. Black Bear Combo (Balkan Brass Band)

    1:20–2:20 p.m. Friday Pilots Club (Rock)

    2:40–3:40 p.m. Beats y Bateria (Global Electronic)

    4–5 p.m. Matt Muse (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    5:20–6:20 p.m. MASN (Pop/R&B)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    6:20–7:30 p.m. DJ Mike P

    Saturday, July 14

    11–11:40 a.m. DJ Mike P

    Noon–1 p.m. CASE (Pop)

    1:20–2:20 p.m. Kingfatz (Hip Hop)

    2:40–3:40 p.m. Fee Lion (Electro/Pop)

    4–5 p.m. Emann & Jojo (Hip Hop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    5:20–6:20 p.m. Bianca Shaw (R&B/Hip Hop)

    6:20–7:30 p.m. DJ Mike P

    Sunday, July 15

    11–11:40 a.m. DJ Mike P

    Noon–1 p.m. Young DRA (Hip Hop)

    1:20–2:20 p.m. The Claudettes (Indie Blues)

    2:40–3:40 p.m. Adam Ness (Alt R&B)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    4–5 p.m. Emily Blue (Pop)–ChicagoMade A&R Auditions Winner

    5:20–6:20 p.m. Sa’Rayah (Soul/R&B)

    6:20–7:30 p.m. DJ Mike P  78 Chicago Festivals to Attend This Summer78 Chicago Festivals to Attend This Summer

    Food Vendors

    A total of 73 vendors will participate in the event, including 38 five-day vendors, 22 pop-up restaurants, and 13 food trucks, according to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

    Here is a list of the new restaurants that will be participating in the event:

    Aloha Wagon

    Arun’s Thai Restaurant

    Aunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen

    Bee Nana LLC

    bettyBOT Shop


    Blackwood BBQ

    CheSa’s Gluten

    Chiya Chai Café

    Classic Cobbler

    Esperanza’s Kitchen Delights

    Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize

    Get Off the Couch Catering

    Grill City

    Josephine’s Cookin’

    Lawrence’s Fish

    Output Lounge & Sports Bar

    Papa Luke’s Gravy Balls

    Premier Rollin BBQ

    So Forking Great

    Sun Wah Barbecue Restaurant

    These Wingz?

    Turtle’s Bar & Grill

    Wood Fire Counter

    Yum Dum

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