July is in full swing, and in Chicago that can mean only one thing. No, not algae blooms or baseball games or any one of the city’s myriad live music festivals. July means the arrival of Taste of Chicago, which opened to the public yesterday and will continue every day through Sunday, July 13th. Spanning a wide swath of Grant Park with the main entrance on Jackson Boulevard, Taste of Chicago hides nothing by offering exactly what it says it will offer—a taste of some of Chicago’s most beloved restaurants.
But while entrance to the event is free, guests must purchase tickets that they can exchange in various quantities for either full portions or tasting sizes of the many booths’ offerings. Given that these tickets don’t run cheap ($8.50 for a strip of twelve tickets, with small Taste Of Portions costing primarily four or five tickets apiece), how should Taste of Chicago guests most wisely allocate their precious resources? Here for festivalgoers’ convenience is a list of the top ten restaurants to sample at this year’s Taste of Chicago.
Taste of Chicago will continue on Thursday, July 10th and Friday, July 11th from 11am-9am and on Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th from 10am-9pm. Interested parties can plan their visits at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago0.html.
Festivalgoers can enjoy a broad variety of five-day vendors, food trucks, and eight new Pop-Up Restaurants that will appear at the festival for only a day or two. Full lists of participating vendors can be found at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago7.html, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago8.html, and http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/taste_of_chicago11.html.