July 9-13, 2014 • Free Admission • Grant Park
What is the city's recipe for a fantastic food festival? Top Chefs and Grammy winners, combined with entertainment for all ages and several thousand tasting servings of favorite Chicago bites.

Fill up on all flavors of Chicago — from classic local dishes, to specialty cuisines from ethnic neighborhood restaurants, to inspired chef creations — at the annual lakefront festival Taste of Chicago. Then top it off with musical talents including Aloe Blacc, Jeff Tweedy, Nickel Creek, Janelle Monae and AWOLNATION.

The quintessential summer event, Taste (as it's known to the locals) appeals to all of your senses: Smell and Taste the best of Chicago's booming restaurant scene; See culinary experts share their secrets at daily cooking demos; and Hear award-winning music artists as they take to the big stage of Petrillo Music Shell.

Iconic Buckingham Fountain, dazzling Lake Michigan and the magnificent skyline form the backdrop to the five day event in Grant Park, July 9-13. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!



Over 30 restaurants will offer an array of menu items each day. Using food & beverage Taste Tickets, sample everything from deep-dish pizza and cheesecake to pad thai noodles, pierogis, churros and jollof rice.


In addition to the rows and rows of food vendor booths set up daily, you'll find some new twists on the Taste menu with Pop Up restaurants setting up booths for just a few of the days.


No need to chase after these mobile restaurants on wheels! Each day 10 different food trucks will be parked on the festival grounds, offering a bevy of options from sweet to savory.



These ticketed events feature multi-course dinners prepared each night by a different Chicago chef. Take a seat within the tented, air-conditioned dining pavilion and feast on innovative dishes from the city's celebrated culinary community.

July 9: Chef Art Smith
July 10: Chef Andrew Zimmerman
July 11: Chef Paul Virant
July 12: Chef Erling Wu-Bower & Chef Amanda Rockman
July 13: Chef Matthias Merges


Wednesday, July 9

Featuring AWOLNATION & Saints of Valory
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale 5/22/14 online at tasteofchicago.us
To kick off the Taste of Chicago, AWOLNATION will headline the Petrillo Music Shell. The dynamic electronic rock band was formed and fronted by Aaron Bruno, formerly of Under the Influence of Giants, Hometown Hero and Insurgence. The band’s 2011 debut album Megalithic Symphony includes the mega hits "Sail", "Not Your Fault" and "Kill Your Heroes". The band is currently working on a second studio album and they released two new songs from that album, "ThisKidsNotAlright" and "Some Kind of Joke."

The alternative rock band Saints of Valory from Austin, Texas is set to open for AWOLNATION. The band is fronted by lead singer and bass guitarist Gavin Jasper, along with guitarist Godfrey Thomson, drummer Gerard Labou and keyboardist Stephen Buckle. The band's most recent album, Possibilities in 2013 via Atlantic Records, includes the hits “Long Time Coming” and “Neon Eyes (Into the Deep).”

Thursday, July 10

Featuring Janelle Monáe & Gary Clark Jr.
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale 5/22/14 online at tasteofchicago.us
Janelle Monáe, the award-winning songwriter, performer, producer and “avant-garde funkstress” will headline Thursday on the Petrillo Music Shell, presented by Illinois Lottery. With her 2013 album The Electric Lady, Monae presents a collection inspired by her life experiences while the powerful women in her life were inspiration for the first single “Q.U.E.E.N.” Her “superpowers” are sure to be on full display for Chicago fans.

The musical universe of Gary Clark Jr. will take over Taste when he opens for Monáe with his soulful sounds. The 2014 Grammy® Award winner for “Best Traditional R&B Performance” for “Please Come Home” from his debut album Black And Blu has been hailed by the New York Times as “the next Hendrix.”


Friday, July 11

Featuring Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris & Parker Millsap
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale 5/22/14 online at tasteofchicago.us
Twelve-time Grammy® Award-winner Emmylou Harris will grace the Petrillo stage as Friday's headlining performer. Just off her 2014 award-winning collaboration, ‘Old Yellow Moon’ with Rodney Crowell, Harris is one of the most prominent harmony vocalists and songwriters of our time. As a legendary American musician, Harris’ performance at the Taste of Chicago will be a special treat.

Nickel Creek, the root music trio is celebrating 25 years as a group and has returned to the stage after a seven-year hiatus. They’ll perform for Taste-goers with a Friday night concert, presented by Bud Light. Their 2002 album "This Side" garnered a “Best Contemporary Folk Album” Grammy® and their new album "A Dotted Line" foresees an exciting future for this trio.

Opening the Petrillo Music Shell on Friday is Oklahoma native Parker Millsap. Millsap, who was brought up in the Pentecostal church, first picked up the guitar at age nine and the now 21-year-old singer/songwriter delivers a powerful show with the fire-and-brimstone fervor of a preacher. Most recently, Millsap was cheered at South-by-Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas with a vigorous performance and was the talk of the festival.


Saturday, July 12

Featuring Jeff Tweedy & Lucinda Williams
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale 5/22/14 online at tasteofchicago.us
Chicago’s Jeff Tweedy is one of America’s most accomplished musicians and on Saturday night he will bring his brand of contemporary rock to Taste of Chicago for a concert presented by 93XRT. Best known as the founder and leader of Wilco, Tweedy tours quite often as a solo artist. Showcasing his talent as a songwriter with a 400-plus collection of songs to pull from, he also displays his skill on the guitar, a charismatic stage presence and a unique sense of humor.

Opening on Saturday night at the Petrillo Music Shell is Lucinda Williams. The singer-songwriter has won wide acclaim for such albums as "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" and "Blessed".


Sunday, July 13

Featuring Aloe Blacc & The Wailers
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale 5/22/14 online at tasteofchicago.us
Headlining the Petrillo stage on the final night Sunday, Aloe Blacc will bring the mega hit “Wake Me Up” and “The Man” from his recent album, Lift Your Spirit. “Wake Me Up,” which he sang and co-wrote for Swedish DJ Avicii, was a #1 hit in 102 countries and garnered more the 320 million hits on YouTube. Blacc has proved himself as an adventurous singer/songwriter, who started as a rapper while pushing further into folk, soul and pop fusion with incisive lyrics, huge hooks and feel good grooves.

With more than 250 million albums sold worldwide, reggae superstars the Wailers will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the Legends album featuring their greatest hits when they open for Blacc on Sunday. Best known for their legendary collaboration with Bob Marley, the Wailers are considered the greatest living exponents of Jamaica’s reggae tradition. The Wailers have performed for an estimated 24 million people across the globe.

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Downtown Chicago at Grant Park (main entrance at Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive)
11:00am-9:00pm July 9-11
10:00am-9:00pm July 12-13
The festival is free and open to the public. Headlining concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell are free admission for lawn seats and ticketed pavilion seats are available for online purchase beginning 5/22/14 at tasteofchicago.us.
Taste Tickets
Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8.50 and are available for purchase throughout festival grounds. Ticket sales end at 8:30pm daily.


For the full entertainment schedule and more event information, visit the official Taste of Chicago website:

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