36th ANNUAL TASTE OF CHICAGO

July 6-10, 2016 • Free Admission • Grant Park
What is the city's recipe for a fantastic food festival? Chefs and musicians, 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 every evening.

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 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 6-10. Plan your trip today, and be sure to bring an appetite!

CELEBRITY CHEF DU JOUR

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

July 6: Chef Graham Elliot & Masterchef Junior Season 4 Winner Addison

July 7: Chef Kevin Hickey

July 8: Chef Patrick Sheerin

July 9: Chef Chris Macchia

July 10: Chef Abraham Conlon

2016 CONCERT SCHEDULE

Wednesday, July 6

Featuring The Roots
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:30 pm CDT
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
To kick off the Taste of Chicago, The Roots GRAMMY® Award winners and one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the music industry will headline the opening night. Recently they were named one of the greatest live bands by Rolling Stone and they currently perform every Monday through Friday as the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.


Thursday, July 7

Featuring KONGOS
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:00 pm CDT
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
Headlining the evening are the KONGOS, a diverse and multi- talented quartet of brothers hailing from South Africa. With their 2014 hit “Come With Me Now” the groups popularity took off in the U.S. In June, the band will release their new album Egomaniac, and “Take it From Me,” the first single was released on April 15.

 

Friday, July 8

Featuring The Decemberists
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 5:30 pm CDT
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
The Decemberists will perform for Taste-goers with a Friday night concert at the Petrillo Music Shell. Led by Montana native Colin Meloy, The Decemberists craft theatrical, hyper- pop songs that draw heavily from late-'60s British folk acts like Fairport Convention and Pentangle and the early-'80s college rock grandeur of the Waterboys and R.E.M. After four years in the making, What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is the band’s seventh studio album released in January 2015. Most notable on the album is the song “12/17/12,” named for and inspired by the date that President Obama addressed the nation after the Newtown school shootings.

 

Saturday, July 9

Featuring Billy Idol
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 4:30 pm CDT
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
On Saturday night, Billy Idol will rock the stage at Taste of Chicago. Billy Idol was one of MTV’s first megastars and an early architect of the sound, style and fury of punk rock with his lip-curling sneer and fist pumping persona. During his career he has sold 40 million albums and scored numerous platinum albums worldwide. In the U.S. and U.K., his top-forty singles include “Dancing with Myself,” “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony, Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy” and “Cradle of Love.”

 

Sunday, July 10

Featuring The Isley Brothers
  • Location: Petrillo Music Shell (235 S. Columbus Dr.)
  • Time: 4:30 pm CDT
  • Lawn Seats: Free admission
  • Pavilion Seats: Tickets on sale at tasteofchicago.us
Headlining the Taste on its final night Sunday, The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley will bring soul, R&B and funk to the Petrillo stage. Their award-winning music has entertained audiences for close to half a century with classics like their 1959 debut with “Shout,” “Twist and Shout” in 1962, “Who’s That Lady” in 1973 and countless others. Recognized by their peers in the music community, the legendary group has collaborated with artists like R Kelly, Lil’ Kim, Whitney Houston, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis among others. Taste audiences will twist and shout!



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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 6-8
10:00am-9:00pm July 9-10
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 tickets for $8.50 and are available for purchase throughout festival grounds. “Taste Of” portions are priced at $2.50 or less. Ticket sales end at 8:30 pm 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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