35th ANNUAL TASTE OF CHICAGO

July 8-12, 2015 • 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 Weezer, Erykah Badu, The Chieftains, Spoon, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

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 8-12. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!

PURE LEAF CELEBRITY CHEF DU JOUR

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 8: Chef Tanya Baker
Master Sommelier Alpana Singh

July 9: Chef Thomas Lents

July 10: Chef Giuseppe Tentori
Restaurateurs Kevin Boehm and Rob Katz

July 11: Chef Jimmy Bannos Jr.

July 12: Chef Phillip Voss

2015 CONCERT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 8

Featuring Weezer
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:30pm CDT (4:30pm doors)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
To kick off the Taste of Chicago, Weezer will headline the Petrillo Music Shell on Wednesday. The American alternative rock band was formed in 1992, and their 2014 debut album Weezer (also known as The Blue Album) includes the mega hits "My Name Is Jonas", "Buddy Holly" and "Say It Ain't So". The band recently released a ninth album with the new singles "Back to the Shack", "Cleopatra" and "Da Vinci."


Thursday, July 9

Featuring Erykah Badu
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:30pm CDT (4:30pm doors)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
American singer-songwriter, record producer, actress, and activist Erykah Badu will headline Thursday on the Petrillo Music Shell, presented by Illinois Lottery. With 16 awards from 57 nominations, 5 successful albums and a current album in the making, the "Queen of Neo-Soul" is sure to amaze Chicago fans.

 

Friday, July 10

Featuring The Chieftains and The Special Consensus
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:30pm CDT (4:30pm doors)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
Straight from Dublin, The Chieftains will perform for Taste-goers with a Friday night concert at the Petrillo Music Shell, presented by Bud Light. The band was formed in 1962 by Paddy Moloney, Sean Potts and Michael Tubridy, and celebrated 50 years in 2012 with the release of their most recent album Voice of Ages.

Opening the Petrillo Music Shell on Friday is acoustic bluegrass group The Special Consensus. Banjoist and Chicago native Greg Cahill co-founded the band in 1975. Since then, the band has changed its line-up numerous times, but has grown in success. With several awards received for their outstanding live performances, the group will undoubtedly put on an amazing show for Chicago.

 

Saturday, July 11

Featuring Spoon, Houndmouth and Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 4:30pm CDT (3:30pm doors)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
On Saturday night, Austin’s Spoon will bring American indie rock to Taste of Chicago for a concert presented by 93XRT. Best known for their albums Gimme Fiction and Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, the band is one of the top musical acts in both alternative and indie genres. "The Rent I Pay" and "Do You" are some of the hits from their new album release They Want my Soul.

Opening on Saturday night at the Petrillo Music Shell is Houndmouth and Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear. Houndmouth is a folk rock band from Indiana. They have played at several large festivals, including SXSW, and recently released their new album Little Neon Limelight in March. Modern soulful folk music duo Madisen and Ruth Ward started Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear in Kansas City, and recently released their debut album Skeleton Crew.

 

Sunday, July 12

Featuring Maze and DJ Duane Powell
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 4:30pm CDT (3:30pm doors)
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
Headlining the Taste on its final night Sunday, soul and funk band Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly will bring the mega singles “Back In Stride” and “Can't Get Over You” to the Petrillo stage. American singer and songwriter Frankie Beverly formed the group in 1970, and has carried the band through many successful years. Maze is sure to play old favorites from their debut album Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly as well as new hits from their most current album release, Anthology.

DJ Duane Powell will be the final opening act for the Taste of Chicago. He is a Chicago-based DJ.


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FESTIVAL BASICS
Location
Downtown Chicago at Grant Park (main entrance at Jackson Boulevard and Columbus Drive)
Hours
11:00am-9:00pm July 8-10
10:00am-9:00pm July 11-12
Admission
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 on sale 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.

GET EVEN MORE TASTE OF CHICAGO

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

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