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Obtaining Media Credentials For Taste of Chicago


Media Credentials for Taste of Chicago, July 10-14, 2019

We thank you for your interest in covering the 39th Annual taste of Chicago. For all media inquiries about the festival please contact mary.may@cityofchicago.org


Please note before making your request:

Credentials will only be needed for the the Petrillo Music Shell Concerts and granted to working media covering the concerts only. Deadline To Submit – Wednesday, July 3. If you are covering the other areas at Taste of Chicago please contact mary.may@cityofchicago.org  for any special arrangements, interviews, etc. for the areas below.

► Lifeway Taste Kitchen Chef Demonstrations
► Individual Restaurant Vendors or Food Trucks
► Goose Island Stage
► Taste Oasis, Stella Rosa Wine Garden, CH Vodka Cocktail Lounge and other areas


Concert Credentials

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the concerts and the Taste of Chicago. Applicants will be notified in advance and no later than Friday, July 5.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Cases will be reviewed and each request must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest. Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


Press and Photo Credentials

Media credential requests for the Taste of Chicago must be submitted by Wednesday, July 3, 2019. Acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Press access is complimentary. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography request as space is limited.

*Submission of a request does not guarantee admission.

Outlets can submit on media letterhead by fax at 312.744.8523, via email at christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, DCASEPR@cityofchicago.org or mail to:

Taste of Chicago Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602


Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature. Eligibility will be determined case-by-case and you will be notified if you are approved or we require further information. We will not accept any applications from freelance photographers or writers who are not on confirmed assignment.


Social Media, Websites, Podcasts, eNews, etc.

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past Taste of Chicago concert coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors, marketing and PR representatives do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.


Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording for broadcast is allowed up to 5 minutes for non-commercial use only. Any commercial use is prohibited without artist consent and written authorization by the Taste of Chicago and the City of Chicago – please note, fees may apply. Drones Are Prohibited At The Taste of Chicago.


Corporate Partnership Opportunities

To partner with the Taste of Chicago, visit our Corporate Partnership Opportunities page.



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July 1, 2020: “Taste of Chicago To-Go" Offers Local Dining Recommendations, Online Cooking Demos and Virtual Music and Dance Events



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