Taste of Randolph Street Festival 2014: A Mecca for Foodies and Music Fans

Taste of Randolph Street Festival 2014: A Mecca for Foodies and Music Fans
Taste of Randolph Street. Credit: Raney images

The 16th Annual Taste of Randolph Street Festival kicks off this weekend in what is arguably the hottest food corridor on the planet. That would be Randolph Street in the Windy City's rock'n West Loop neighborhood.

Over 100,000 festival-goers will be holding court along a six-block stretch of Randolph Street from Peoria to Racine that will be lined with more than a dozen of the West Loop’s finest restaurants along with three stages of music.

Top restaurants like Alhambra Palace, bellyQ, City Winey, Cone Chicago, De Cero, Grange Hall Burger, La Luce, La Sardine, Pork Chop, Publican Quality Meats, Vicenzo’s, Vivo, and Wishbone will be bringing their A-game to the streets from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15--cooking up their famous specialties.

Also on tap, festers can wash down their culinary choices with an ice-cold Amstel Light or savor a glass of Rex-Golliath Wine.

Credit: Raney Images

Credit: Raney Images

The three unique stages will feature what’s been called “some of the nation’s brightest young musical acts.”

Names you may already know or if not will get to know include: the Kaiser Chiefs, Minus the Bear, Delta Spirit, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Dumpstaphunk, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Quantic live band, The Revivalists, Cayucas, Royal Teeth, Kins, Chappo, Stagnant Pools, Lincoln Jesser, The Giving Tree Band, The Heard, The O’My’s, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub, Treetop Flyers, Sabers, Many Moons, Dog 1, Swamp Heat, Ryan Powers, The Lucky Dutch, Nick & the Ovorols, Falldown, and KSRA.

The fest also promises that there will be dancing in the streets. Just head to the special DJ Stage hosted by The Mid.

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The cross-cultural celebration will also feature local artisans and vendors with booths located throughout the festival.

Hours and location

Friday, June 13, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 14, noon to 10 p.m., Sunday, June 15, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m., 900 West Randolph St. A $10 donation is suggested for admission and will benefit the West Loop Community Organization.

Other Fests This Weekend

  • Spring Awakening, June 13-15, Soldier Field
  • Old Town Art Fair, June 14, 15, Old Town
  • Wells Street Art Festival, June 14, 15, Wells Street, between North Avenue and Division Street
  • Fiestas Puertorriqueñas and Puerto Rican Parade, June 12-15, Humboldt Park, Division Street
  • Oakley Festa Pasta Vino, June 13-15, 2400 N. Oakley
  • Chicago Blues Fest, June 13-15, Grant Park, Millennium Park
  • 6 Corners BBQ Fest, June 14-15, 4000 N. Milwaukee Ave. (at Irving Park Rd./Cicero Ave. to Belle Plaine)

For more Chicago Food Festivals throughout the summer, click here.

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