The 2014 Taste of Chicago musical headliners were revealed early Monday as organizers look to breathe new life into the sprawling 34-year-old food festival, the largest of its kind in the world.
This year the festival -- which runs July 9-13 in Chicago's Grant Park -- will include performances from Janelle Monae, Nickel Creek, AWOLNATION, Emmylou Harris, and hometown favorite Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (see full lineup below). Additional daytime musical acts outside the main stage at the Petrillo Music Shell are forthcoming.
Once an unmissable Midwestern summertime event, Taste of Chicago has struggled in recent years with declining attendance, and was eventually shortened from 10 days to a long weekend.
Thanks to a hipper musical lineup (all but one of 2013's musical acts sold out) and the addition of food trucks and celebrity chefs, the last year's Taste turned a profit for the first time in six years.
With the Taste on an apparent upswing, even celebrities have come flocking. And, of course, there's always the chance attendees will catch the city's occasionally foul-mouthed mayor whipping off his tie and busting a move:
Mayor Rahm Emanuel dancing to Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines."
Indie rockers Spoon were apparently slated for the Taste as well, but as Time Out Chicago notes, their name was mysteriously yanked from the city's website early Monday.
2014 Taste of Chicago Lineup
Wednesday, July 9:
Saints of Valory
Thursday, July 10:
Gary Clark Jr.
Friday, July 11:
Saturday, July 12:
Reserved seats for for acts at the Petrillo Music Shell go on sale May 22.