Taste of Chicago: Schedule of Events for 2016

Taste of Chicago: Schedule of Events for 2016
Taste of Chicago Celebrity Chef du Jour meals. Photo: Patrick L. Pyszka, Chicago Tribune

It’s back. Taste of Chicago returns tomorrow (through July 10) marking the 36th year for this foodie marathon.

The 2016 Taste promises something for all “tastes” with over 200 menu items from 69 of Chicago’s favorite restaurants like Fat Rice; MAD Social and Pork & Mindy’s (click here for more).

Twenty new restaurants have been added for 2016 including two new food trucks.

Another red-hot Taste happening is the Chicago Celebrity Chef du Jour. This evening program features superstar celebrity chefs –the likes of Graham Elliot and Kevin Hickey–cooking up gourmet sit-down dishes that are served in an air-conditioned tent near Buckingham Fountain for $45 per person. (the chef line-up is listed at the bottom of this post).

Other activities include cooking demos, an eclectic line-up of live music and a full schedule of “Food for Thought” podcasts that will held in a new location on the south side of Buckingham Fountain Plaza.

As always, entrance to the “World’s Large Food Fest” is free.

Food and beverage tickets will be available for purchase at the festival with strips of 12 tickets selling for $8.50 (including $2.50 charge for Taste amenities). Smaller “Taste of Portions” are available at each food vendor and are between 1-5 tickets..Taste Map 2016 (Updated as of 06.15.16 v2) DRAFT copy


Petrillo Music Shell Concerts

July 6, 5:30 p.m.          Chance the Rapper opens for The Roots, Donnie Trumpet

July 7, 5 p.m.                Kongos, Elle King, Transviolet

July 8, 5:30 p.m.          The Decemberists, Shakey Graves

July 9, 4:30 p.m.          Billy Idol, Sons of the Silent Age

July 10, 4:30 p.m.        The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley, Sheila E.

Reserved seating starts at $15 with lawn seating FREE. Tickets available here.

Plus: Live jazz music will be performed daily from 2:30-7:30pm at the E&J Gallo Winery Wine Garden where guests can also enjoy a glass of wine.

Celebrity Chefs du Jour

July 6, 6:30 p.m.          Chef Graham Elliot with MasterChef Junior Season 4 Winner Addison – SOLD OUT

July 7, 6:30 p.m.          Chef Kevin Hickey, The Duck Inn – SOLD OUT

July 8, 6:30 p.m.          Chef Patrick Sheerin, Trenchermen

July 9, 6:30 p.m.          Chef Chris Macchia, Nonnina

July 10, 5 p.m.             Chef Abraham Conlon, Fat Rice

Dinner tickets are $45 for a three-course, sit-down meal. Chefs will also be giving a FREE cooking demonstration at the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen on the day of their dinners.

Click here for our list of 10 must try foods at Taste.

WHAT:   Taste of Chicago

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 6 – Friday, July 8, 11 am. to 9 pm. and Saturday, July 9 through Sunday, July 10, 10 am. to 9 pm.

WHERE:   Grant Park

ADMISSION: Free with food tickets sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50. Ticket sales are cut-off at 8:30 pm. each evening.

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