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Obtaining Media Credentials For Taste of Chicago


Media Credentials for Taste of Chicago, July 5-9, 2017

We thank you for your interest in covering the 37th Annual taste of Chicago. For all media inquiries about the festival please contact mary.may@cityofchicago.org or christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org.


Please note before making your request:

Credentials will only be needed for the the Petrillo Music Shell Concerts and granted to working media covering the concerts only. Deadline To Submit – Wednesday, June 28. If you are covering the other areas at Taste of Chicago please contact press contacts for any special arrangements, interviews, etc. for the areas below. mary.may@cityofchicago.org or christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org

► Lifeway Taste Kitchen Chef Demonstrations
► Individual Restaurant Vendors or Food Trucks
► Celebrity Chef du Jour
► Bud Light Stage
► CH Distillery Cocktail Lounge


Concert Credentials

  • Press credentials and photo passes are limited and you must be on assignment from a media outlet to cover the concerts and the Taste of Chicago. Applicants will be notified in advance and no later than Friday, June 30.
  • Applicants should be prepared to supply copies of recent and relevant coverage (links are sufficient). Clippings can be from previous year’s coverage or coverage of similar types of concerts and festivals.
  • College newspapers and photographers will have limited access. Cases will be reviewed and each request must be accompanied by a letter from a faculty advisor on college or University letterhead.
  • Because you are working, if credentialed, there are no opportunities to bring a guest. Some Artists’ management will have final decision on credentialing.
  • Photographers: We appreciate the offer but do not contact us to offer your services. We have photographers in place with the City of Chicago.


Press and Photo Credentials

Media credential requests for the Taste of Chicago must be submitted by Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Acceptance notifications will be sent accordingly. Press access is complimentary. Each media outlet is limited to one press and one photography request as space is limited.

*Submission of a request does not guarantee admission.

Outlets can submit on media letterhead by fax at 312.744.8523, via email at mary.may@cityofchicago.org / christine.carrino@cityofchicago.org or mail to:

Taste of Chicago Media Credential Requests
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events
Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602


Freelance Media

Freelance writers and photographers must submit requests for the outlet he/she is representing on the company’s letterhead with the assignment editor’s signature. Eligibility will be determined case-by-case and you will be notified if you are approved or we require further information. We will not accept any applications from freelance photographers or writers who are not on confirmed assignment.


New Media (websites, podcasts, eNews, etc.)

Press admittance is open to journalists working with a commercial news or industry-related website. The website must be established and updated regularly with relevant original and current content. Please provide a link of past TOC coverage or similar reportage with your request. Web designers, editors and creators do not qualify for media credentials.



Media credential requests from bloggers will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Bloggers must host professional, industry-related blogs with original content. A link to the blog must be submitted along with the number of unique visits per month and how often it is updated.


Video/Audio Recording

Video and audio recording for broadcast is allowed up to 5 minutes for non-commercial use only. Any commercial use is prohibited without artist consent and written authorization by the Taste of Chicago and the City of Chicago.



Press Images

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To Sponsor the Taste of Chicago, contact our Corporate Sponsorship Department at 312.744.9217 or email at chicagopartnerships@cityofchicago.org



Press Releases

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May 23, 2017: Mayor Emanuel Announces City’s 37th Annual Taste of Chicago to Serve Up a Cultural Feast for Your Senses

May 2, 2017: City of Chicago Announces Complete Music Lineup For 37th Annual Taste of Chicago—A Free Cultural Experience For All Your Senses

July 10, 2016: 36th Annual Taste of Chicago Served Culinary Delights for 1.4 Million People at Chicago’s Iconic Festival

June 27, 2016: Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen Hosts Cooking Demonstrations by Celebrity Chefs and Others at Taste Of Chicago, July 6-10

June 27, 2016: “Food For Thought” at Taste of Chicago

May 17, 2016: Mayor Emanuel Announces City’s 36th Annual Taste of Chicago Festival to Include More Vendors and New Dining Experiences

April 26, 2016: City of Chicago Announces Music Lineup for 36th Annual Taste of Chicago-The World's Largest Free Admission Food Festival

April 20, 2016: Taste of Chicago's Bud Light Stage Line-up Announced

Oct. 5, 2015: Taste of Chicago 2015 Generated $320,205 Profit

July 14, 2015: 35th Annual Taste of Chicago Served Culinary Delights for 1.4 Million People at Chicago’s Iconic Festival

July 1, 2015: In The Kitchen with Mariano’s Hosts Cooking Demonstrations by Celebrity Chefs and others at Taste of Chicago, July 8-12

July 1, 2015: “Food For Thought” at Taste of Chicago

June 24, 2015: 35th Annual Taste of Chicago Food and Entertainment Line-Ups Reflect Chicago’s Vibrant Culinary and Music Scenes

May 27, 2015: 60 Food Establishments Including 19 Newcomers Join 35th Annual Taste of Chicago Food Lineup

May 27, 2015: Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef Du Jour Returns to Taste of Chicago with James Beard Award Recognized Chefs

May 12, 2015: City of Chicago Announces Music Lineup for 35th Annual Taste of Chicago—The World’s Largest Free Admission Food Festival

April 20, 2015: Taste of Chicago’s Bud Light Stage Line-Up Announced

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