As Taste of Chicago gets underway, residents and visitors are reminded about safety measures and traffic impacts due to large crowds, street closures

July 10, 2019


The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) reminds residents that the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago takes place this weekend, which will draw large crowds and impact traffic due to street closures, and plan accordingly. Event hours for the popular food fest are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday – Friday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

An increased presence of public safety personnel will be on-site for the event to ensure the safety and security of attendees and staff. The City’s network of cameras will also be utilized to monitor conditions throughout Grant Park and the adjacent area.

In addition to featuring the city’s diverse dining community, the Taste has a strong tradition of providing family fun and exciting musical performances. Headliners at the Petrillo Music Shell include:
Wednesday, July 10: Sunflower Bean, Courtney Barnett
Thursday, July 11: Cultura Profetica, Bomba Estereo
Friday, July 12: Taylor Bennett, De La Soul
Saturday, July 13: Joywave, lovelytheband, The Strumbellas
Sunday, July 14: Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, India.Arie

The following items are not allowed to be brought into the food festival:

• Alcoholic Beverages
• BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
• Fireworks or Explosives
• Illegal Substances and Weapons
• Large Coolers or Bags
• Pop-up Tents/Canopies
• Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
• Pets (except Service Animals)
**Folding chairs are allowed into the event itself but will not be allowed in the seating area of the Petrillo Music Shell.


The weather forecast is predicted to be in the mid-90s on Wednesday, with a heat index near 100 degrees and potential rain and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Temperatures will range from the high 70s to mid-80s for the rest of the weekend. The City advises those attending events to stay updated on weather conditions and heed the directions of City officials should the need arise. Cooling buses will be on-site throughout the weekend at Monroe St. east of Columbus Dr. (sidewalk) and south of Buckingham Fountain (South Rose Garden).

Get lost in the Tastes, not at the Taste

Lost? Injured? Witness suspicious activity? Pole marker signage is attached to the light poles throughout Grant Park to help identify locations where traditional street signs are absent. Look up, call 9-1-1 and give the letter/number on the pole nearest your location to help first responders locate you as quickly as possible. These identifier signs can also be used to reunite with friends and family by letting them know where you are at the event if you become separated while you’re enjoying Chicago’s culinary scene.

Street Closures

The following street closures will remain in effect through Monday, July 15:

• Columbus Dr., Roosevelt Rd. to Monroe St.
• Jackson St. from Michigan Av. to Columbus Dr.
• Ida B. Wells Dr. from Columbus Dr. to the Semi-circle

Public Transportation

Public transportation is strongly encouraged. For more information, visit CTA at or Metra at

If You See Something, Say Something

OEMC encourages attendees, venue employees, residents and public to always be aware of surroundings and if you see something, say something to on-site security or call 9-1-1. OEMC will be monitoring the event and TCAs will facilitate traffic.

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