Taste of Chicago preview in Daley Plaza

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On Wednesday, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events held a Taste of Chicago Preview in Daley Plaza. Under the shadow of the Picasso statue eight new Taste of Chicago food vendors sold their offerings.

The eight vendors offering samples of their wares were, Bridgeport Pasty (Food Truck), Chicago Dog House, Connies Pizza, Lawrence Fisheries, Mamma Mia, Marianos, Robinson No. 1 Ribs, and The smoke Daddy. There are a total of 64 food vendors, with 21 new ones this year.

There will be a"Made in Chicago" Market at the fest. It will offer art, apparel, and accessories by local artists and designers.

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The plaza was packed with people who lined up to sample the food and enjoy lunch on the plaza. A stage was set up for cooking demonstrations. The program was emceed by Elysabeth Alfano of Fear No Art Chicago.

The 34th annual Taste of Chicago will be held from July 9-13 in Grant Park. Over 1.5 million people are expected to attend the food and music fest.

Taste of Chicago is considered the nation's premier food festival. Chicago once again is fast emerging as a well known and innovative food city.

During the hotel boom from the 1850s through the 1920s, Chicago was the premier dining city in America. French and German chefs and waitstaff flooded into Chicago to offer haute cuisine and service.

For more information and the entertainment line up go to the Taste of Chicago website.

On another note, the Wrigley Building Plaza reopened last July after an extensive renovation. The plaza will have retail and commercial establishments. On Wednesday, the Walgreen's at 430 North Michigan Avenue closed. It moved into the new flagship store in the plaza. The store takes up to floors over the length of the building. It is worth a visit.

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