The 2017 Taste of Chicago is a Cultural Experience for All Your Senses with Food, Music Arts and Family Fun July 5-9 in Grant Park

June 26, 2017

 

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is pleased to offer a cultural experience for all your senses at the 37th Annual Taste of Chicago – the world's largest free admission food festival – this July 5–9 in Grant Park. The summer tradition will showcase Chicago’s food, music, arts and family fun with 66 food vendors, national and local music acts on two stages, celebrity chef dining experiences, cultural programming and much more.

 

Cultural Programming and Sabor de Chicago

NEW for 2017, the Taste of Chicago will present an assortment of arts events that includes the Street Art & Graffiti Alley featuring live painting from noon to 6pm by local artists – presented as part of the “Year of Public Art” in Chicago. Participating street and graffiti artists are Bunny XLV, ZORZORZOR, Miguel Aquilar “Kane One” and Tyrue “Slang” Jones.

The NEW Stomping Grounds Chicago area will showcase performances by local dance companies that include: Bollywood Groove, Chicago Human Rhythm Project, Chicago Dance Crash, Kalapriya Dance Company, Mexican Dance Ensemble and many more. Chicago SummerDance, the city’s beloved outdoor social dancing series, will also take place nightly within the festival grounds. Each evening, a one-hour dance lesson by a professional dance instructor is followed by two hours of live music, with programs dedicated to Irish folk dancing, steppin’, house, salsa and country.

The NEW March of the Puppets is a daily procession of music and spectacle throughout Taste of Chicago. The parades include puppets, artists and performers featuring the Pack Drumline, the Chinelo Dance Group and Environmental Encroachment. Each day, the procession takes place from 3 to 3:30pm, starting at Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

Also NEW this year, on Thursday, July 6, Sabor de Chicago will celebrate the culture of Chicago’s Latino community throughout the day with dining, dancing, music performances at the Petrillo Music Shell and Bud Light Stage and much more. For details, visit sabordechicago.us.

Family Programming

Kids Eat Chicago presented by Chicago Parent Magazine will offer a NEW, FREE interactive family fun zone for all ages on Saturday, July 8, and Sunday, July 9, from 10am to 7pm. The full entertainment stage will include food demonstrations by the kids of MasterChef Junior, Momma Cuisine, Pilot Light Chef, Stephen Dunne of Volo and The Kids’ Table, as well as music from Little Miss Ann, Istvan & His Imaginary Band, Miss Jamie’s Farm, School of Rock and The Happiness Club. Families can also expect bouncy houses by The Playground Games, a Stroller Valet and Diaper Changing Area presented by Buy Buy Baby, a climbing wall by Body Armour and much more.  Other free activities include face painting, superhero training, princess meet and greet and balloon art.

As part of the Celebrity Chef du Jour dining pavilion, American Girl Doll Café will present a special brunch for families, including dolls! The brunch will be held on Saturday, July 8, at 11:30am. Tickets are $30 each and can be reserved at tasteofchicago.us.

Kids of all ages can get a taste of victory at the Taste of Chicago Kids Dash on Sunday, July 9, 10am–noon in Butler Field. Races are structured by age and distance and include an open 50-yard dash in which kids can race the clock (or their friends and family) in a head to head sprint – as many times as they would like. Registration is FREE and takes place in Butler Field on dash day. Each participant receives a bib number and a finisher medal.

Live Music at Taste of Chicago

Taste of Chicago will also present a diverse mix of chart-topping, crowd-pleasing nightly concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell that feature Alessia Cara, Café Tacvba, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit and The O’Jays—plus the best of Chicago’s local music scene on the Bud Light Stage. Tickets for the seating area at the Petrillo Music Shell start at $19 and are on sale now at tasteofchicago.us.

Food and Beverage Experiences

The CH Distillery Cocktail Lounge by Buckingham Fountain will offer mixology specials including Moscow Mules, Strawberry Collins, Tropical Rum Punch and the Mint Julep Slushies and music from local DJs. The nearby Beer Hall and Stella Rosa Wine Garden will offer daily music performances to enjoy along with a wide selection of craft beers including Elysian Space Dust IPA, Virtue Harvest Cider, Golden Road Wolf Pup Session IPA and an array of wine varietals from the Riboli Family Winery that includes Stella Rosa Wines, Bodega Sangria, Three Pines Wine and Maddalena Wine.

Taste of Chicago, July 5-9, is pleased to work with Lifeway Foods, the leading U.S. supplier of kefir cultured dairy products, to bring cooking demonstrations and celebrity chef appearances at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen. Located on the Buckingham Fountain Plaza, the kitchen area will host local and nationally known chefs who will share their trade secrets and recipes each day from 11:30am to 6:30pm.

The Taste of Chicago will again highlight acclaimed Chicago chefs at the Celebrity Chef du Jour dining experiences. The 2017 celebrity chefs are Chef Paul Fehribach of Big Jones (July 5 at 6:30pm), Chef Chico Vilchez of Nacional 27 (July 6 at 6:30pm), Chef Oliver Poilevey’s tribute to Jean Claude Poilevey of Le Bouchon and La Sardine (July 7 at 6:30pm), American Girl Café Brunch (July 8 at 11:30am) and Chefs Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute (July 9 at 5pm). Attendees of the Celebrity Chef du Jour will enjoy a sit-down, three-course meal in an air-conditioned and decorated dining pavilion for only $45 per person for the July 5, 6, 7 and 9 dinners and $30 per person for the July 8 brunch (limit 4 tickets per person for each meal).

The 37th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 5–9 in Grant Park with hours 11am–9pm, Wednesday–Friday, and 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, call 312.744.3316 or visit tasteofchicago.us. To plan your trip to Chicago, visit choosechicago.com. Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter @TasteofChi (#TasteofChicago) and Instagram @ChicagoDCASE (#TasteofChicago).

Taste of Chicago is produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in coordination with the Illinois Restaurant Association, which manages food and beverage operations. The festival is sponsored in part by American Girl Doll, Bud Light, CH Distillery, Chicago Parent Media, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Transit Authority, Communications Direct, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Humana, Illinois Lottery, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions, Lifeway Foods, Pepsi, Shoreline Sightseeing, Stella Rosa Wines, Southwest Airlines, Univision Chicago, 103.5 KissFM, V103, WGN-Television, and 93XRT.

 

Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.

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