Taste of Chicago - Plan Your Visit

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Date, Location & Hours

  • Date: July 11-15, 2018
  • Grant Park (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.) Chicago, IL 60602
  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm
  • Ticket sales end at 8:30pm





Entrance into the festival is FREE admission.




Getting There

The following streets will be closed during the Taste of Chicago through Monday, July 16 at 4pm:

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
  • Congress, from Columbus to Congress Parkway semi-circle


Public Transportation

For travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com

If you are driving, park directly under the action at Millennium Garages. Visit www.millenniumgarages.com for details.

Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.





To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Jose Chao at 312.744.2258, jose.chao@cityofchicago.org. A minimum of 72 hours advance notice is required.

Each Taste of Chicago booth has an accessible counterEach Taste of Chicago booth has an accessible counter.

Click here for Taste of Chicago Accessible Seating Ticket Information



Where is the transportation drop off and pick up located? For Paratransit and vehicles transporting people with disabilities, the location is at the southeast corner of Monroe and Columbus.

Where can I park? Parking for the public at Taste of Chicago is located at the Millennium Garage; entrance is on Columbus.



What materials are provided to people with disabilities who come to the Taste of Chicago?

  • ALDs (Assistive Listening Devices) for the Petrillo concerts are available at the tent located behind the Petrillo seating area near Jackson & Columbus
  • Sign language interpreted performances
  • Braille and large print versions of the brochure are available at the Visitor Information Booths




Food and Beverage

Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10 (includes $3 charge for Taste amenities). Ticket sales end at 8:30pm.

Smaller "Taste of Portions" are available at each food vendor and are between 1-6 tickets.

Food and beverage ticket strips will be available for purchase at the festival.

Beverage tents are located throughout the event and feature Pepsi soft drinks, Anheuser-Busch beers and specialty drinks plus wines.




Get Lost in the Tastes...Not at TasteGet Lost in the Tastes...Not at Taste

Need help? Lost? Injured? Witness criminal activity? Look up and call 9-1-1 and give the letter/number on the pole nearest your location. "Pole Markers" attached to the light poles around Grant Park will help first-responders locate you quickly.




Medical Attention

Medical attention is available at the First Aid Trailer located south of Congress and west of Columbus.




Hotel Reservations

Plan to stay overnight, visit Choose Chicago to book a hotel room.





1. What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
  • Fireworks or Explosives
  • Illegal Substances & Weapons
  • Large Coolers or Bags
  • Pop-up Tents/Canopies
  • Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
  • Flag Poles
  • All Pets (except Service Animals)

Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search. Bicycles may not be ridden on festival grounds.

2. Can I bring a folding chair and blanket into the festival? Yes, but folding chairs are not allowed in the seating area of the Petrillo Music Shell.

3. Can I leave during a concert at the Petrillo Music Shell to use the restrooms and then return to the concert?
Yes, restrooms are provided in the area the concerts take place.

4. Can I bring a tent into the festival? Personal tents and canopies are NOT allowed at any lakefront event.

5. Can I bring my dog with me into the festival? No. For your dog's protection and for the public's safety, all dogs (except service animals) are restricted from the festivals and you will be asked to leave the festival with your dog. (This policy is supported by the Anti-Cruelty Society.)

6. Is there an admission fee to get into the festival grounds? No.


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