Free Concerts, Free Trolley and Great Food at the 2011 Taste of Chicago – June 24 – July 3, 2011

Come out and enjoy the 31st annual Taste of Chicago June 24 – July 3, 2011, 2011 in downtown Millennium Park. Admission to the Taste is FREE and most of Chicago’s tremendous array of culinary delights are all located in one place at this annual ten-day lakefront festival for you to feast on! The Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.  This year, the Taste welcomes 59 restaurants each offering a delicious combination of ethnic items, family favorites, exotic and Chicago specialties.  Each vendor will offer six items, including two special “Taste Of” portions priced at $2 or less. Keep your eyes peeled for the Humana Healthier Choices green apple icon if you are interested in healthy menu options.  For a complete list of restaurants and their offerings, click here.    New this year, the Taste offers discounted parking rates and a FREE McDonald’s Trolley to ferry you from the parking garage to the event. Free concerts are also provided every day on multiple stages.

List of All Participating Restaurants


The Family Village, at Columbus and Jackson, offers hands-on activities for kids including arts and craft stations led by area museums, games, face painting, green activities and more. There will also be a baby changing area with free diapers from Dominick’s. Chicago’s own Midnight Circus will perform each day at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.  Kids and adults can get their play on at The Playground, at Balbo and Columbus, which features Target’s gigantic turtle sandbox. There will be daily sports, fitness and dance demonstrations, and on June 29 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., The Playground will host Move at the Taste with fitness classes for all ages and abilities, as well as games, giveaways and more.   The Dominick’s Cooking Center will provide daily cooking demonstrations from dozens of notable chefs, including The Hearty Boys, Chef Tony Priolo, Chef Keli Fayard, Jimmy Bannos and Giada De Laurentiis, the Emmy-award winning television personality and the headliner for this year’s taste. She will be at the stage kitchen on Friday, July 1 at 2:30 p.m.   For a complete schedule of activities in the Family Village, The Playground and the Dominick’s Cooking Center, click here.



In addition to catering to a variety of palettes, the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park treats music lovers’ ears to a daily, diverse lineup of internationally renowned and local artists from June 24 – July 3, 2011, at the Petrillo Music Shell.    This year, four of the City’s annual lakefront music festivals – Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, the Chicago Country Music Festival, Celtic Fest Chicago and the Chicago Gospel Music Festival – will be incorporated into the Taste of Chicago, rather than be planned as stand-alone events. For a complete musical lineup, click here.     On each of these specific days – Viva! Chicago Latin Music Day (June 24), Gospel Music Day (June 26), Celtic Music Day (June 29) and Country Music Day (July 1) – patrons can relax in one of the themed dining pavilions throughout the event and enjoy music, culture, cuisine and cooking demonstrations.

Friday, June 24: Viva! Chicago Latin Music Day

Los Horoscopos de Durango

Begins at 5 p.m.
Media support provided by Univision Radio.

Saturday, June 25: Soul Asylum
Soul Asylum, presented by Bud Light
Rare Earth
Begins at 5 p.m.

Sunday, June 26: Gospel Music Day
Donald Lawrence & Company
Reverend Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers
Pastor Steve Munsey & Family
Christian Center Mass Choir
Percy Gray with Joshua’s Troop
Begins at 3:30 p.m.

Media support provided by Inspiration 1390AM.


Monday, June 27:
Broadway in Chicago, presented by United Airlines
Including Beauty and The Beast, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Memphis, The Addams Family and others. Program is subject to change.
Begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28:
The Lemonheads
Material re-Issue (formerly MaterialIssue)
Begins at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29: Celtic Music Day
Natalie MacMaster
Liz Carroll, John Doyle and John Williams
Begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 30:
Natalie Cole, presented by V103
Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 1: Country Music Day
Loretta Lynn
Court Yard Hounds, featuring Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, two sisters from Dixie Chicks
Begins at 5 p.m.
Media support provided by US99.5.

Saturday, July 2:
The Jayhawks
Begins at 3 p.m.
Media support provided by 93XRT.

Sunday, July 3:
Greyson Chance
Shane Harper
Begins at 2:30 p.m.
Presented by Radio Disney

2011 ILLINOIS LOTTERY TASTE STAGE (local bands and artists)

Taste of Chicago 2011 will showcase an eclectic mix of the local music scene at the Illinois Lottery Taste Stage each day of the festival with admission-free concerts in Grant Park, June 24 – July 3, 2011.  Local music venues and presenters collaborated on the schedule. Their picks are noted in the following Taste Stage schedule:


Friday, June 24: Viva/Latin Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Guitarra Azul
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Jose Valdes & The Mambo Allstars
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Angel d’Cuba – “Old Town School of Folk Music Pick!”
4 – 5 p.m.               Freddy Kenton, Jr. & La Dynastia
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      2012
6:40 – 8 p.m.       Orquesta Bambu


Saturday, June 25: Rock/Pop Day

12 – 1 p.m.            St8 of Grace
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.     Yeah Dude – “Metromix Pick!”
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.    Archie Powell & The Exports
4 – 5 p.m.              Jon Drake & The Shakes
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.     Empires – “Reggie’s Rock Club Pick!”
6:40 – 8 p.m.         California Wives – “Lincoln Hall Pick!”


Sunday, June 26: Gospel Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Mahalia Jackson Centennial Salute featuring Annette “Queenie” Lenox, introducing Carya Holmes, Anita Wilson, Joyce Hurley and Chrystal Harris
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      The Brown Sisters
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Dr. Abertina Walker Tribute featuring Faith Howard, Loretta & Vernon Oliver Price, Just Friends and Shari Addison
4 – 5 p.m.               The Nichols Sisters
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Chicago’s Next featuring Mildred Murphy, Kevin Gray, MysMichelle, Jonathan McReynolds and Valencia Lacey
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Chicago American Gospel Quartet Chapter featuring The Mixon Singers, The Church Boyz, The Douglas Singers and the Victory Travelers


Monday, June 27: World Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Black Bear Combo (Balkan Brass)
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Megitza Quartet (Polish Highlander)
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Lamajamal (Gypsy Surf)
4 – 5 p.m.               Mar Caribe (Tropical)
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Mas Trueno (International) – “Martyr’s Pick!”
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Funkadesi (Latin/African/Indian)


Tuesday, June 28: Singer/Songwriter Day

12 – 1 p.m.            Nina Ferraro
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Briar Rabbit – “Metromix Pick!”
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Karlye Lapetina
4 – 5 p.m.               Jessica Robbins
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Chris Gelbuda
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Jessica Lea Mayfield


Wednesday, June 29: Celtic Music Day

12 – 12:30 p.m.       McNulty School of Irish Dance
12:30 – 1 p.m.         yDdraig Goch Welsh Dancers
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Glen Ayre
2:40 – 3:10 p.m.      The McDance Company
3:10 – 3:40 p.m.      Evanston Scottish Country Dancers
4 – 5 p.m.               Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Baal Tinne
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Bua


Thursday, June 30: Variety Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Steelin’ Jazz (calypso)
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Black Slang (jazz) – “Andy’s Jazz Club Pick!”
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Shining Star (Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire)
4 – 5 p.m.               White Mystery (garage rock)
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      KTP Band (Covers/R&B)
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Generationals (rock)


Friday, July 1: Country & Americana Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Country Doctors
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      Whitey Morgan and the 78s
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Musikanto
4 – 5 p.m.                Heartsfield
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Anna Fermin’s Trigger Gospel
6:40 – 8 p.m.          The Giving Tree Band


Saturday, July 2: Variety Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Chicago Yestet (jazz)
1:20 – 2:20 p.m.      JT & The Clouds (alt rock)
2:40 – 3:40 p.m.      Tommy McCracken (blues)
4 – 5 p.m.               The Congregation (retro soul)
5:20 – 6:20 p.m.      Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute)
6:40 – 7:40 p.m.     Gold Motel (pop)


Sunday, July 3: Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Party

12 – 2:20 p.m.        Li’l Ed & The Blues Imperials with guest vocalists Lurrie Bell and Eddie Shaw
2:40 – 5 p.m.         Smokin’ Joe Kubek and Bnois King with guest vocalists Eddie Shaw and Maurice John Vaughn

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