Be a Food Vendor at Taste of Chicago!

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Taste of Chicago Food Vendor

We think YOU would be a terrific addition to the line-up when Taste of Chicago returns to beautiful Grant Park July 11-15, 2018.

In 2017, we re-imagined Taste by incorporating more cultural elements, focusing on better musical offerings, and bringing more diversity into the festival, marking record attendance and sales. Taste of Chicago is the City’s premier cultural festival, celebrating food, music, dance, and culture. Now is your chance to apply.

Taste of Chicago expects to welcome 1.6 Million guests this summer making the event an ideal opportunity for you to market your business. You’ll reach new audiences both through face-to-face contact with consumers, as well as through extensive publicity through the local media outlets that strongly support the events produced by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).

The application process has never been easier for potential food vendors in 2018!

Apply Online

All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, February 28, 2018.


Food Vendor Information:

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Pop-up (1 or 2 Day Vendor)

Food Truck


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 Additional Information

2018 Taste of Chicago Downloadable Application (PDF)

2018 Taste of Chicago Downloadable Application (PDF)

If you prefer to download (pdf) the Taste of Chicago food vendor application, please fill in the necessary information, sign and hand-deliver it along with the required documentation no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

Applications must be delivered to:

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington
Room 400 / Taste of Chicago
Chicago, IL 60602

Quotes from Food Vendors:
"We love being at Taste of Chicago, it’s a wonderful and unique opportunity to promote our restaurant and offer our signature dishes to residents and visitors," said Valencia Green of Lawrence Fisheries. "We took a two-year hiatus to open two new locations and are very pleased with this year’s festival and hope to come back in 2018.”
“We were honored to be part of Taste of Chicago and provide a different perspective to the event by bringing a slice of Parachute to festival-goers,” said Chefs Beverly Kim and John Clark of Parachute. “Taste is a unique opportunity for a small restaurant to participate in a large scale food festival and we were proud to represent Chicago's culinary community.”
"Taste of Chicago is the greatest opportunity for exposure for our restaurant, not only locally but internationally as well," said Alicia Rocha, Director of Special Services at Texas de Brazil. "We are thrilled to be back after a two year hiatus, nobody does it like the Taste of Chicago."
"Pork & Mindy's was proud to be a part of Taste of Chicago for the first time," says Kevin Corsello, founder of Pork & Mindy's. "We are committed to bringing people together through food, music and art, and there is no better place in Chicago to do that than at the city's signature food festival."
“It’s been a wonderful experience and a pleasure to be here; it’s a big deal for us and we feel lucky to be part of Taste of Chicago” – David Rodriguez, Owner, La Mexicana
“Being able to showcase our locally distilled spirits and taking part in Taste of Chicago for the first time was a wonderful opportunity,” said Tremaine Atkinson, owner and founder of CH Distillery. “we were thrilled to offer residents and visitors a unique experience on Buckingham Fountain Plaza.”
“It's been amazing and we have sold double the amount expected," said Luke Saunders, Founder of Farmer's Fridge. "We are excited to see how people have responded to healthy options at Taste of Chicago."
"We always look forward to being a part of Taste of Chicago," said Chris Bober, owner of Kasia's Deli. "This has been a great festival and we are already excited for next year."