Taste of Chicago 2017: Get an early taste on Daley Plaza

Taste of Chicago 2017: Get an early taste on Daley Plaza
Salted caramel bites from Puffs of Doom--one of the vendors that will be at the Daley Plaza preview. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Can’t wait to get a taste of this year’s Taste of Chicago? Head to Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) on Wednesday, June 21, from 11 am to 2 pm, for a mini-taste complete with food and entertainment.

Avoid the crowds, or put together your game plan for the big event at this year's Taste of Chicago preview that will offer an even bigger lineup of restaurants than last year's preview.

People enjoying the Taste preview in 2016. Photo: Chicago Tribune

People enjoying the Taste preview in 2016. Photo: Chicago Tribune

Thirteen food purveyors, including some newbies like El Patron and other old favorites including Connies Pizza and Robinson's No. 1 Ribs will be serving bites in advance of this year's Taste of Chicago coming to Grant Park, July 5 through July 9.

Not just food, but music, entertainment and live painting by a Street Art & Graffiti Alley artist (11 am.-2 pm.) and a March of the Puppets procession (noon-1 p.m.) are all part of the fun.

Admittance, entertainment and activities are all free, but if you want to eat, bring cash. No tickets are required for this Taste.

Here's the food line-up:

  • Beat Kitchen (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Caffe Gelato (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Chicago's Dog House (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Connie's Pizza (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Da Lobsta (Food Truck)
  • Dia De Los Tamales (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Doom Street Eats (5-Day Food Vendor – NEW)
  • El Patron (Food Truck – NEW)
  • Porkchop (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Pork & Mindy's (Pop-up Food Vendor)
  • Puffs of Doom (Pop-up Food Vendor)
  • Robinson's No. 1 Ribs (5-Day Food Vendor)
  • Texas de Brazil (5-Day Food Vendor)

Taste of Chicago 2017

The 37th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 5–9 in Grant Park. Hours are 11 am.–9 pm., WednesdayFriday, and 10 am.–9 pm., Saturday and Sunday.  For more information on the FREE admission festival, visit tasteofchicago.us.

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