36TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CHICAGO
What is the city’s recipe for a fantastic food festival? Chefs and musicians, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites.
Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents every evening.
If you are traveling by car, there are multiple parking locations near the event. Visitors can park at one of the following garages downtown, and be within a short walk to the event:
Millennium Park Garage/Millennium Lakeside Garage, 5 S. Columbus Drive
Grant Park North Garage, 25 N. Michigan Ave.
Grant Park South Garage, 325 S. Michigan Ave.
Admission to the park is free. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50 (price includes $2.50 charge for Taste amenities). Ticket strips are sold at the festival.
Concert tickets can be bought online here. Concert seating tickets are limited to 10 tickets per concert.
Taste of Chicago will include popup restaurants, food trucks and five-day restaurants. Sixty-nine venues in all will be featuring food and drinks, including 20 newcomers.
For a full list of restaurants taking part in Taste of Chicago, go here.
Each day will also include a “Celebrity Chef du Jour,” for which tickets can be purchased at $45 per person (limit four tickets per person). Find the list of celebrity chefs here.
The Petrillo Music Shell performers include The Roots, KONGOS, The Decemberists, Billy Idol and The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley. Tickets are on sale now.
Chicago native Chance the Rapper announced that he plans to take the stage on Wednesday as well.
Fun & More
Taste of Chicago will also feature kids’ events as well as vendors selling crafts and jewelry. To see the full daily schedule for Taste of Chicago, go here.
What is the Taste of Chicago 2016?
Each summer, a variety of local restaurants and food vendors set up booths in Grant Park for a free festival, offering up samples of their most popular dishes. The festival has its own currency—you purchase tickets at the gate which can be spent on food and drinks. The Taste of Chicago also books a robust lineup of concerts, including a mix of national and regional touring acts—Weezer, Erykah Badu and Robin Thicke have all headlined the festival in past years. Though attending Taste of Chicago is free, attendence to concerts and chef demonstrations is ticketed.
Where is the Taste of Chicago 2016?
Taste of Chicago is held in Grant Park every year, with vendors lining the streets. To get there, take any train into the Loop and walk east to the park. By car, take I-90 E/I-94 E into the Loop and use the Millennium Park parking garages located 5 S Columbus Dr, 25 N Michigan Ave and 325 S Michigan Ave.