The Taste of Chicago is one of the city’s signature summer events. While the massive food fest is on hold this year, you can still take a bite of our diverse culinary scene with Taste of Chicago To Go.

The city has put together a slate of reimagined events from July 8 – 12, including free cooking demos from top local chefs, limited-edition merchandise, virtual music and dance performances, community meals for front-line workers, and a full dining guide to have your own Taste of Chicago at home.

The Taste of Chicago To Go dining guide features more than 40 would-be Taste vendors from neighborhoods across the city. The guide includes each establishment’s preferred ordering method, along with a few suggested must-try items — similar to the classic Taste of Chicago set up that lets you try bites of restaurant’s signature dishes. Check out the full dining guide and event line-up below.

Albany Park

Arun’s Thai Restaurant
Signature items: Yum Mamaug (Mango Beef Salad), Tom Kha Gai Muan, Phad Thai, Kaprao Gai, Mussaman Curry

Archer Heights

Rolling Chicago Cafe
Signature items: 47th Crepe, Nutella Love Rolled Ice Cream, Mazapan Rolled Ice Cream, Supreme Panini


Coastline Cafe
Signature items: Lobster Roll, Lobster BLT, Crab Sliders, Shrimp Tacos


The Original Rainbow Cone
Signature items: The Original Rainbow Cone, The Original Rainbow Cone Cake Roll Slice, Banana Split


Surf’s Up Bronzeville
Signature items: Fried Lobster or Grilled Lobster, Fried Green Tomatoes, Fried Biscuits, Shrimp, Crab Legs, Fish – Perch, Cat, Tilapia, Whiting


Eli’s Cheesecake
Signature items: Original Plain Cheesecake, Strawberry Cheesecake, Turtle Cheesecake, Cookie Crazy Cheesecake made with Oreo, Cookies Dipper

Garfield Ridge

Healthy Substance (vegan)
Signature items: Al Pastor Taco, Carne Asada Taco, Chorizo and Egg Burrito, Green Mole Tamale, Cranberry Mole, Chilaquiles


Barangaroos Aussie Pies
Signature items: Classic Mince Pie, Shepherd’s Pie, Steak & Guinness Pie, Chicken Tikka Masala Pie, Lamingtons

BITES Asian Kitchen and Bar
Signature items: General Tso Good Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Crab Rangoon, Taro Fries, Honey-Bourbon Sesame Chicken, Tuna Tostada, Five-Spice Duck Ramen

Lincoln Park

Chicago’s Dog House
Signature items: Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Burger or Chicken Sandwiches, Chicago’s Doghouse Taste of Chicago Exotic Sausages, Maxwell St. Polish Sausage

Logan Square

Izakaya Mita
Signature items: Japanese Italian Beef, Buta no Kakuni Pork Belly, Tokyo Abura Soba, Kyushu style pan fried Yaki-Ramen, Avocado Tempura, Kabocha Korroke

River North/Streeterville

Billy Goat Tavern
Signature items: Cheezborger, The Curse Breaker Burger, The Obama Burger, Rib Eye Steak Sandwich, Italian Beef Sandwich, Chicago Hot Dog

Bombay Wraps
Signature items: Chicken Tikka, Lamb Curry (halal), Cheese Paneer (veg), Chickpea Chana (vegan), Samosas, Mango Lassi

Lao Sze Chuan Downtown
Signature items: Chef’s Special Dry Chili Chicken, Traditional Peking Duck, Crispy Shrimp in Lemon Sauce, Lamb w/ Pure Cumin Powder, Mapo Tofu

Signature items: Naan Flatbread, Momo’s, Moticakes

Signature items: Pulpo, Ceviche Rojo, Avocado Flatbread, Heirloom Tomatoes, Mexican Pan Dulce

West Loop

Signature items: Ragu alla Napoletana, Gnocchetti Con Pesto, Oma’s Green Mountain Salad, Butterscotch Budino

Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs
Signature items: Baby Back Ribs, BBQ Rib Tips, BBQ Pulled Pork, BBQ Pulled Chicken, BBQ Hot Links, Smoked Turkey Tips

North Center

Spicy Mexican Grill
Signature items: Al Pastor Taco, Chipotle Sweet Potatoe Taco, Portobello Mushrooms Taco, Hibiscus Flour Taco, Fried Avocado Taco, Chicken Mole

Signature items: Churros, Churro Sundae, Churro S’more, Churro Sandwich, Sundae Funnel Cake, Churro Milkshake

Little Village

Don Pepe
Signature items: Carne en su jugo, Tacos al vapor, Papa Don Pepe, Pozole, Michelada, Tacos


Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese
Signature items: Classic grilled cheese, The Little Italy, The Southport, The Margarita, The River Valley, The Breakfast Club

Kilwins Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream
Signature items: Homemade Fudge, Ice Cream, Gourmet Caramel Apples, Fine Chocolates & Truffles, Corns & Brittles

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Signature items: The Malnati Chicago Classic, The “Lou”, Malnati Salad, Penne ala Malnati, Chicken Wings (Traditional or Boneless), Tiramisu

West Lawn

Signature items: Paletas, Ice Cream, Strawberries and Cream, Yogurt, Elote, Gazpacho

West Pullman & Pullman area

BJ’s Market & Bakery
Signature items: Mustard Fried Catfish, Roasted Turkey Wings, Chicken Rib Tips, Roasted Chicken, Smothered Chicken, Peach Cobbler

Jus Sandwiches
Signature items: Turkey Turkky Turkay, Royal Higness, RnV veggie, Corned Beef Plus, Kr-tuna-ssaint, Jus the TIP

West Town

Kasia’s Deli
Signature items: Pierogi, Hungarian Beef Stew with Potato Pancakes, Stuffed Cabbage, Kasia’s Polish Sausage, Irish Reuben, Blintzes

Wicker Park

Signature items: Signature Wings, Signature Strips, Bibimbap, Japchae, Bulgogi, Bonchon Wrap

The Lifeway Kefir Shop
Signature items: Frozen Kefir, Smoothie Bowls, Juices, Smoothies


Egg Rolls Etc
Signature items: Mild Buffalo Chicken Egg Roll, Spicy Vegan Jerk Cabbage Egg Roll, Spicy Jerk Chicken Egg Roll, Ger’ts Collard Greens with smoked turkey Egg Rolls, Taco Ole Egg Roll, Dessert Egg Roll

Various locations

Aztec Daves Food Truck
Signature items: Beer Battered Shrimp Taco, Burritos, Tortas, Aztec Salad, Aztec Fries

Cynthia’s Gumbo Express
Signature items: Loaded Seafood Gumbo, Pescatarian Gumbo, Chicken Ya Ya Gumbo, Turkey Gumbo, Vegan Gumbo

Doom Street Eats
Signature items: Doom Street Chili Cheese Burger, BBQ Pulled Pork Waffle Sandwich, Poutine Guinness Brat, Spicy Pickle Fries, Espresso Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Coffee Ice Cream Sandwich, Pineapple Island Iced Tea

La Cocinita Food Truck
Signature items: El Pabellon Arepas, El Vegano Arepas, Carne Asada Tacos, Empanadas

Ms Tittle’s Cupcakes
Signature items: Red Velvet Cupcake, Salted Caramel Cupcake, Turtle Love Cupcake, Lemon CupcakeBanana Pudding, Butter Cookies

Smokey Zo’s
Signature items: BBQ Rib Tips, Jerk Rib Tips, Jerk Chicken

Whadda Jerk
Signature items: Jerk Chimichanga, Jerk Egg Rolls, Whadda Fry

Yum Dum Food Truck
Signature items: Kimcheesy Rice Balls, Pork Belly Bao, Crispy Fish Bao, Pork and Cabbage Dumplings

Taste of Chicago 2020 virtual events

Along with the dining guide, this year’s Taste includes a variety of online events. You can catch all virtual programs at the DCASE YouTube channel.

Summer Dance at Taste of Chicago

Virtual cooking demonstrations (all demos begin at noon):

  • Wednesday, July 8: Chef Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco prepares Avocado Flatbread
  • Thursday, July 9: Chef Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies prepares Lemon Lime Cake
  • Friday, July 10: Chef Jessica Romanowski of Care Kitchen Chicago prepares Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Cookies
  • Saturday, July 11: Chef Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen prepares Salsa Con Queso
  • Sunday, July 12: Chef Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde prepares Pasta Fredda with Summer Herb Pesto

Online music and dance performances:

  • Wednesday, July 8, 5:30 – 7 p.m.: SummerDance in Place — Bollywood & Bhangra with Bollywood Groove and DJ iLLEST
  • Thursday, July 9, 6 – 7:30 p.m.: Millennium Park at Home Music Series with The Braided Janes and Jon Langford