Every summer Chicago’s Grant Park plays host to the world’s largest food festival. 2014 marks the 34th year of ‘Taste of Chicago’ a tantalizing event filled with food, music, and fun activities for the whole family.
Chicago may be well-known for deep-dish pizza and delectable hot dogs. But the city is home to a diverse array of restaurants, street vendors, and food trucks. This is your chance to sample more than 200 mouth-watering menu items of American, Indian, Italian, French, Chinese, African and other ethnic origin. Sample some savory mustard fried catfish, or a spicy hand-made tamale, or any of a number of palate-pleasing ‘on-a-stick’ options.
Petrillo Music Shell Concerts bring to the stage big name performers including Death Cab for Cutie, Natalie Cole, Rob Thomas, Barenaked Ladies, Stevie Wonder, Plain White Tees, LL Cool J, AWOLNATION and Lynrd Skynrd, to name but a few. There is a charge for seating at these spectacular shows, but if you care to grab a spot on the lawn at Butler Field you can listen for free.
A play zone for the kids will keep them happy between flavorful treats. Bounce houses, playgrounds and a foot race round out the fun. A Made In Chicago Market area showcases local creations, and Chef demonstrations to encourage your inner foodie.
This five day festival is jam-packed with taste bud tempting dishes and top notch entertainment. Grant Park is the place to be from July 9-13. The festival is open from 6am to 11pm and admission is free, but you must buy tickets for food.