June 26, 2018

Ready, Set…Taste!

Start “Tasting” some of the Taste of Chicago’s 300 menu items before the fest begins with special offers at participating Taste of Chicago Restaurants and Food Trucks, July 1–10

Mary May    mary.may@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0576

Christine Carrino    christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org, 312.744.0573

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Get a jump on the 38th Annual Taste of Chicago with "Ready, Set...Taste" - a new set of specials and deals "cooked" up in advance of this year's main event. From July 1 to 10, foodies are encouraged to get out and start trying Taste menu items before the festival starts by visiting one of the participating restaurants and food trucks. Mention “Taste of Chicago” when you order to receive a special discount or free offer. For a list of participating vendors and deals visit tasteofchicago.us!

The Taste of Chicago is July 11-15 in Grant Park, featuring a lineup of 72 eateries including 25 NEW vendors. The world's largest FREE admission food festival will showcase Chicago’s diverse culinary scene with 37 five-day vendors, 22 pop-up restaurants and 13 food trucks, offering Taste-goers an endless variety of more than 300 menu items to suit every palate.


Ready, Set…Taste – Participating Vendors


Aloha Wagon

1247 S. Western Ave.

$2 off the Kalua Pork Plate


Arun's Thai Restaurant

4156 N. Kedzie Ave.

Tord Mun (Thai Fish Cakes)


Aunty Joy’s Jamaican Kitchen                   

1217 W. Devon Ave.

50% off Quarter Jerk Chicken, Festivals


Aztec Dave’s Food Truck


40% off Chicken Taco


Billy Goat Tavern

1535 W. Madison St.

10% off Double Cheeseburger


Buona Beef               

613 N. McClurg Ct.

2 Original Italian Beefs for $9


CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck


$1 off Cubbie Nachos


Chiya Chai Cafe                                

2770 N. Milwaukee Ave.

25% off Chiya Chili Potatoes and Masala Curry Fries


Churro Factory

2214 W. Wolcott Ave.

1 Free Churro


Connie’s Pizza

2373 S. Archer Ave.

A complimentary scoop of Italian Ice with a purchase of a Large Pizza (limit 4 scoops per large pizza)


Da Lobsta – Food Truck      


$5 off any size Lobster Roll


Dia De Los Tamales

939 W. 18th St. and Block 37 Locations

$2 off any Arepa Sandwich


Franco's Ristorante 

300 W. 31st St.

Complimentary Lemon Italian Ice with purchase of an Entree                                               


Kasia's Deli, Inc.       

2101 W. Chicago Ave.

Potato & Cheese Pierogi (1 piece free)                                             


La Cocinita Food Truck       


Free "Taste of" Pork Pataconcito with any entree purchase (entrees include tacos/arepas)


O'Briens Riverwalk Café

45 E. Riverwalk S.

Taste of Corned Beef Sandwich, Celtic Corn on the Cob and Sweet Potato Fries for $12.00


Output Lounge and Sports Bar

1758 W. Grand Ave.

2 Wings for $2


Pork & Mindy’s

1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Pig Candy Special


Ricobene’s on 26th Street

252 W. 26th St,

50 cents off our Famous Breaded Steak Sandwich (regular or king size)


Robinson's No.1 Ribs

225 S. Canal St.

50% off  Boneless Rib Sandwich and Smokehouse Pulled Chicken


So Forking Great

Win Tropical Shaved Ice Dessert catered for 20 people!

For Details, Visit www.facebook.com/SFGreat/


Texas de Brazil         

210 E. Illinois St.

A Tasty Deal for Chicago - Up to $40 off Texas de Brazil’s™ Regular Dinner Pricing Monday-Thursday between July 2-10! Visit website for details.


NEW! Taste Oasis, Music and more

The new Taste Oasis will offer Taste goers the opportunity to enhance their festival experience with access to an air conditioned lounge in Butler Field offering tasty bites, a private cash bar, music, much more. Classic cocktails created by CH Distillery include an Old Fashioned and Grey Hound. Day passes for this exclusive area are $50 and can be purchased at tasteofchicago.us.


Taste Oasis will be open throughout normal Taste of Chicago festival hours, but it’s particularly a great spot to hang out before and after the Petrillo Music Shell concerts. Artists performing at the Petrillo Music Shell include Brandi Carlile, Juanes, yasiin bey & Talib Kweli are Black Star, The Flaming Lips and George Clinton Parliament Funkadelicplus the best of Chicago’s local music scene on the Goose Island Stage. Tickets for the seating area at the Petrillo Music Shell start at $18 and are on sale now at the Taste website, tasteofchicago.us. As always, admission to the Taste of Chicago is free, as is lawn seating during the concerts.


Arts and Family Programming

Taste of Chicago will present an assortment of local cultural programming that includes the Artist Garden featuring live painting by local artists, Chicago SummerDance with live music & social dancing on Buckingham Fountain Plaza (NEW this year), Kids Eat Chicago presented by Chicago Parent, the March of the Puppets daily musical procession through the festival grounds, pop-up performances by local artists in various locations and more.

The 38th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 11–15 in Grant Park with hours 11am–9pm, Wednesday–Friday, and 10am–9pm, Saturday and Sunday. For more information on the FREE admission festival, 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 93XRT, CH Distillery, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Communications Direct, Eli’s Cheesecake, Goose Island Beer Company, IL Lottery, Lifeway Foods, Pepsi, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines and WGN-Television.

Illinois Restaurant Association

Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The Association manages the food and beverage portion of Taste of Chicago for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Visit illinoisrestaurants.org and follow on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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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