The Taste of Chicago was started in 1980, but at that time it was just a one-day celebration. About 250,000 people attended the very first celebration, and it became one of the greatest annual traditions of the city.
Real gourmets will find plenty of delicious meals to try. Classic Chicago foods, like deep-dish Chicago pizza, Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, and cheesecake are the most popular. However, you can also find different meals from all over the world, like guacamole, curry and taco to name a few.
The Taste of Chicago is a perfect advertisement for the restaurants participating in the festival. The chefs do their best to cook the most delicious meals and present new dishes. You can find any meal to your liking, vegetarian, vegan and non-vegetarian. Also don’t expect food from food trucks only, because here you can find literally anything. And if you’re looking for an affordable gourmet meal, it will be at the festival.
Although food is the main attraction of the festival, you can’t just come and eat all five days. There are lots of different events for the whole family to enjoy together. Music concerts, performances, cooking demonstrations, culinary podcasts, kids’ dashes, and a marketplace full of locally-made and hand-crafted jewelry, accessories, clothes, artwork and more work all five days of the festival to entertain you.
The Taste of Chicago is always organized in beautiful Grand Park on the lakefront. The admission is free, but don’t forget to take enough money to enjoy the variety of classic local dishes and worldwide specialities and please your tongue buds.