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Taste of Chicago

Chicago's State of Culinary Affairs

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 07.15.2016 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

You may pick up a few tips for scoring your favorite food from your favorite chef and how being extra nice to a restaurant's executive chef and staff might be the brownie points you've been hoping for.

Don't Be Fooled By 'Taste' - New Flavors Are Frowned Upon in Chicago

Hilary Gowins | Posted 07.07.2016 | Chicago
Hilary Gowins

Taste of Chicago offers an illusion of a city where powerful players coexist with new flavors. But this veneer is far from reality. Once the festival packs up and Grant Park clears out, Chicago will go back to normal: a brick-and-mortar oasis, shielded from competition from outsiders.

The Subtle Exuberance of Sepia Chef, Andrew Zimmerman

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 09.06.2014 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

In the back of Sepia Restaurant, tucked away in the kitchen, has to be one of the most levelheaded chefs in Chicago. There, amidst a bustling 11:30 am...

Fresh Lineup Hits World's Largest Food Festival

Posted 04.21.2014 | Travel

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 fes...

Taste Of Chicago Attendance Reportedly Up This Year

Posted 07.15.2013 | Chicago

Early reports indicate the 33rd annual Taste of Chicago, which wrapped Sunday in Grant Park, scored more promising attendance numbers than in years pa...

The 2013 Guide To Taste Of Chicago

Posted 07.09.2013 | Chicago

The revamped Taste of Chicago is set to kick off its 33rd year complete with fun., food trucks and a few new tricks city officials hope will boost the...

Taste Concert Tickets Sell Out For All But One Show

Posted 07.04.2013 | Chicago

Story by Ted Cox, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: DOWNTOWN — If you're planning to see a Taste of Chicago concert at the Petrillo Music Shell next week...

Taste Restaurant Lineup Mixes Newbies, Leftovers

Posted 05.31.2013 | Chicago

Story by Ted Cox, courtesy DNAinfo Chicago: CHICAGO — Taste of Chicago is mixing in some new dishes with the traditional offerings at this year's...

Complete Taste Of Chicago Lineup Includes Jill Scott, Robert Plant

Posted 04.24.2013 | Chicago

First it was fun., then it was food trucks. Now, with the announcement of Jill Scott, Robert Plant, Robin Thicke, Estelle and others joining the l...

Time To Stick A Fork In Taste Of Chicago?

Posted 03.14.2013 | Chicago

Several City Councilmen are saying since the Taste of Chicago hasn't been well-done for years, it should just be done — period. One alderman who...

fun. To Headline 2013 Taste Of Chicago

Posted 03.11.2013 | Chicago

Looks like someone in the mayor's office has taken a page from the Lollapalooza playbook and snapped up the hip-yet-mainstream-friendly Grammy-winning...

The Numbers Are In: Revamped Taste Lost $1.3 Million

Posted 02.20.2013 | Chicago

The promise of a revamped Taste of Chicago was trumpeted — hard — last year by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's Department of Cultural Affairs an...

Revamped Taste Didn't Come Close To Breaking Even

Chicago Sun-Times | Posted 10.22.2012 | Chicago

The shrunken and revamped Taste of Chicago still didn't come close to breaking even and may never return to profitability, a top mayoral aide said Mon...

Windy City Street Style: Taste of Chicago

Justin Barbin | Posted 09.22.2012 | Chicago
Justin Barbin

I only had one free day to visit The Taste of Chicago. Instead of spending time tasting the diverse food Chicago has to offer, I went around and around Grant Park looking for people who had good taste in their fashion choices.

Youth Against Violence in Chicago Spread Viral Faux iPad Campaign

Richard_Thomas | Posted 07.18.2012 | Chicago

A group of youth has a "green-friendly" goal this summer to reach over three million people on social networks with a "faux ipad campaign" to increase environmental awareness and promote violence prevention in urban settings.

Over 1 Million Attend Shorter Taste, 17,600 Slices Of Pizza Sold

Posted 07.16.2012 | Chicago

While festival-goers have returned some mixed reviews, the city has declared this year's Taste of Chicago a success. ABC Chicago reports that an es...

PHOTOS: Taste Of Chicago's Healthier, Guilt-Free Offerings

Posted 07.12.2012 | Chicago

Hitting up a Taste line doesn't have to hurt with your waistline. Humana, a sponsor of the annual Taste of Chicago food fest, has rounded up 27 me...

PHOTOS: Whose Sassy Short Shorts?

Huffington Post | Julee Wilson | Posted 07.12.2012 | Black Voices

Who wears short shorts? Jennifer Hudson does. The award-winning singer/actress hit the stage in a pair of sassy leopard-print shorts to perform in...

One Food Will Be Free At Taste, But Will Guests Be Brave Enough To Try It?

Posted 07.11.2012 | Chicago

Would controlling the growing Asian carp population be easier if they were tasty? That's part of the logic behind an initiative organized by the Il...

WATCH: Taste Of Chicago Staple Off The Menu This Year

Posted 06.22.2012 | Chicago

One of the most iconic treats at the annual Taste of Chicago, to be held July 11-15, will be noticeably absent this year--as will the man behind them....

PHOTOS: Meet The 15 'Pop-Up' Restaurants Debuting At Taste Of Chicago

Posted 05.29.2012 | Chicago

Organizers behind this year's Taste of Chicago have announced that 15 additional restaurants will be debuted at the festival in a new "pop-up" format,...

Rahm Proposes More Big Changes For Taste Festival

Posted 03.15.2012 | Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday unveiled two new proposals aimed at helping pull the struggling Taste of Chicago festival into the black after years o...

Can The Taste Of Chicago Return To Its Former Glory?

Posted 03.07.2012 | Chicago

The Illinois Restaurant Association has decided to submit a bid to run this year's scaled-down Taste of Chicago, in the hopes of returning the declini...

Taste To Feature Fewer Restaurants, Higher Vendor Fees

Posted 03.27.2012 | Chicago

The upcoming Taste of Chicago, in addition to being held later in the summer and lasting half as long as previous years, will also feature only one-th...

City To Shorten Taste Of Chicago To Five Days Next Year

Posted 12.28.2011 | Chicago

Chicago's annual summer food and music festival will be cut in half in 2012, running only five days between July 11 and July 15, city officials announ...