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Everything You Need to Know – NBC Chicago

Written by FrenchDiffusion

One of Chicago’s favorite summer festivals, the 2022 Taste of Chicago begins Friday, with one big difference that may make it easier for attendees to chow down on food from some of the city’s most beloved restaurants.

The food festival takes place Friday through Sunday, from 11 am to 9 pm with more than 30 food and drink vendors vendors and three stages performances, live music, DJs, dance workshops, family activities, and more.

Here’s everything you need to know.

Dates, Hours, Location

Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10

11 am – 9 pm

Grant Park, Buckingham Fountain (Jackson and Columbus)

Food sales end at 9 pm

If you are driving, the city recommends parking at Millennium Garages in Millennium Park.

Tickets

There will be no Taste tickets this year as all food vendors will accept cash or credit cards.

See the full lineup below. More information can be found here.

Food Vendors

  • Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs
  • Yum Dum
  • The Sole Ingredient Catering LLC
  • Prime Tacos
  • Tandoor Char House
  • Josephine’s Southern Cooking
  • Porkchop
  • Churro Factory
  • Seoul Taco
  • Mr. E Chef Catering LLC
  • Puffs of Doom
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Billy Goat
  • Chicago’s Dog House
  • Arun’s Thai Restaurant
  • Esperanza Kitchen Delights
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • BJ’s Market & Bakery
  • Healthy Substance
  • Franco’s Restaurant
  • Harold’s Chicken
  • Don Paleta
  • Cynthia’s Gumbo Express Inc
  • Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes
  • La Cocinita Food Truck
  • The Original Rainbow Cone
  • Whadda Jerk
  • Haire’s Gulf Shrimp
  • Auntie Vee’s Kitchen
  • Mr. Quiles Mexican Food
  • Decadent Flavor

Here’s a map of where each of the vendors will be located.

What else to know

  • Folding chairs and blankets are allowed in
  • Admission is free
  • Dogs are not allowed

Here’s more information.

Main Stage Performances

Friday, July 8

Host and DJ: DJ Mike P

  • 5 pm – Shaylin B and John The Author, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6 pm – AMI
  • 7:15 pm – Nelly
Saturday, July 9

DJ: Sandra Treviño

  • 5 pm – Vivian Garcia and Pinqy Ring, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6 pm – Girl K
  • 7:15pm – Aterciopelados
Sunday, July 10

DJ: Miss Alex White (White Mystery)

  • 5 pm – Rebecca Brunner and Marina City, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6 pm – Local H
  • 7:15 pm – Drive-By Truckers

Chicago SummerDance Schedule

July 8

  • 12 p.m.: Line Dancing, featuring the Cha-Cha Slide / Janelle E. Brown
  • 1 pm: Steppin’ / Shaun Ballentine
  • 2 p.m.: Polka Hop / Arletta Gromek
  • 3 p.m.: Footwork / Christopher “Mad Dog” Thomas
  • 12-4 pm: Music by DJ Mwelwa

July 9

  • 11:30 – 1 pm : A Walkie Talkie Dancey Party! Presented by Chicago Children’s Theater & The Q Brothers
  • 1 pm: Ballroom Basics (for kids and families) / Dancing With Class
  • 2 pm: East Coast Swing / May I Have This Dance
  • 3 pm: Merengue / May I Have This Dance
  • 1-4 pm: Music by May I Have This Dance

July 10

  • 12 pm: Salsa / La Mecca Dance Chicago
  • 1 pm: Kizomba / Shafeeha Monae
  • 2 pm: Bachata / Chicago Dance
  • 3 p.m.: Afrobeat / Stacy “Jukeboxx” Letrice
  • 12-4 pm: Music by DJ Kimani Rashad

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