FREE Taste of Chicago 2018

It’s early July 2018 and that means it is time for the FREE Taste of Chicago, which runs Wednesday through Sunday, July 11-15, in Grant Park, and offer lots of great Chicago restaurant  fare that reflects the Windy City’s growing reputation as a world-class culinary destination. Admission to the Taste of Chicago is free; tickets for food and beverages can be purchased in strips of 14 tickets for $10.  SEE THE IMPORTANT FAQs BELOW.   The Taste will be open from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday and from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  This year, 72 businesses will showcase a variety of eats and treats. For a full list of vendors, visit


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Music: As much as Taste of Chicago is about the food, the musical lineup should not be overlooked. The Petrillo Music Shell lineup includes:

Brandi Carlile, Martha Redbone Roots Project
Wednesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.

Juanes, La Santa Cecilia
Thursday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.

Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli are Black Star, Madame Gandhi
Friday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.

The Flaming Lips, Le Butcherettes, Half Gringa
Saturday, July 14, 4:30 p.m.

George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, BJ the Chicago Kid, The Boy Illinois
Sunday, July 15, 4:30 p.m.

Lawn seats are free. Reserved seats start at $18. Tickets are available in person at Jackson and Columbus or online at To purchase reserved seating and for the full music schedule, head to


Food:  The gates are now open at the world’s largest free-admission food festival, which lasts five days in Grant Park.  “We have the entire spectrum of food, from classic street food to wild dishes, ethnic dishes, curries, kabobs, it’s all here,” said Mark Kelly, commissioner of cultural affairs and events.  More than 300 menu items from Chicago’s diverse culinary scene are available for the fest’s 1.6 million attendees to try.


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Taste of Chicago


  • When: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, July 9-11, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13
  • Where: Grant Park, Jackson and Columbus, Chicago
  • Admission: Free; food tickets are 14 for $10





Date, Location & Hours

  • Date: July 11-15, 2018
  • Grant Park (Jackson Blvd. & Columbus Dr.) Chicago, IL 60602
  • Hours: Wednesday-Friday: 11am-9pm, Saturday & Sunday: 10am-9pm
  • Ticket sales end at 8:30pm
  • Alcohol sales end at 8:45pm




Entrance into the festival is FREE admission.



Getting There

The following streets will be closed during the Taste of Chicago through Monday, July 16 at 4pm:

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive
  • Congress, from Columbus to Congress Parkway semi-circle


Public Transportation

For travel information, visit 

If you are driving, park directly under the action at Millennium Garages. Visit for details.

Bike parking is available on the perimeter of Grant and Millennium Parks. Visit the Chicago Bicycle Program for maps, safety, and other information.




To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact DCASE at A minimum of 72 hours advance notice is required.

Each Taste of Chicago booth has an accessible counterOnce on-site if you have an accessibility question please go to the Concert & Oasis Ticket booth at the northeast corner of Jackson & Columbus.
Each Taste of Chicago booth has an accessible counter.



Where is the transportation drop off and pick up located? For Paratransit and vehicles transporting people with disabilities, the drop off and pick up location is at the southeast corner of Monroe and Columbus.

Where can I park? Accessible parking is available in Millennium Garages (5 S. Columbus Drive) please visit: Millennium Park Garages for details & pre-purchase parking discounts.



What materials are provided to people with disabilities who come to the Taste of Chicago?

  • The mainstage concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell have American Sign Language interpretation.
    • To request interpretation for other activities and areas at Taste of Chicago please send a request to Advance notice is required and 2 weeks’ notice is recommended.


  • Accessible seating & companion seating tickets for the mainstage concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell can be purchased online or on site at the Concert & Oasis Ticket booth at the northeast corner of Jackson & Columbus.



An accessible unit will be placed on each end of the porta-potty rows. There will a hand washing station with a foot and hand pump across from one of the accessible units.


Food & Beverage

5-day Food & Pop-Up Vendors will have accessible counters. Not all food trucks have accessible counters.



Food and Beverage

Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10 (includes $3 charge for Taste amenities). Ticket sales end at 8:30pm.

Full food portions run 10-12 tickets and smaller “Taste of” portions are available at each food vendor for 3-6 tickets.

Ticket sales end at 8:30pm.

Beverage tents are located throughout the event and feature Pepsi soft drinks, over 20 types of beers (including Goose Island, Budweiser and Stella Artois), wines and specialty drinks.

Beverage purchases can be made with Taste tickets or credit cards.



Taste Experiences

Taste is a cultural experience for all your senses!

Make sure to stop at the Artist Garden, dance the SummerDance stage, catch March of the Puppets, watch Chicago Film Archive videos on the Petrillo Music Shell stage and more.

Download the Taste of Chicago app for maps, event times, and to create your custom Taste experience plan.

Feel like having a premium Taste of Chicago experience? Treat yourself to the Taste Oasis where you can rest in an air conditioned lounge, try Taste Bites from Washburn Culinary Academy students, grab a cold water, and more. The Taste Oasis is a great spot to hang out before or after a Petrillo Music Shell Concert. Get tickets on the Taste Oasis page.


Get Lost in the Tastes…Not at Taste

Need help? Lost? Injured? Witness criminal activity?

Look up and call 9-1-1 and give the letter/number on the pole nearest your location. “Pole Markers” attached to the light poles around Grant Park will help first-responders locate you quickly.

Medical Attention

Medical attention is available at the First Aid Trailer located south of Congress and west of Columbus.


Hotel Reservations

Plan to stay overnight, visit Choose Chicago to book a hotel room.



1. What items are prohibited from being brought onto festival grounds?

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • BBQ Grills (Open Flames)
  • Fireworks or Explosives
  • Illegal Substances & Weapons
  • Large Coolers or Bags
  • Pop-up Tents/Canopies
  • Beach/Picnic Umbrellas
  • Flag Poles
  • All Pets (except Service Animals)

Failure to comply with the above may result in entry being denied. All containers will be subject to search. Bicycles may not be ridden on festival grounds.

2. Can I bring a folding chair and blanket into the festival? Yes, but folding chairs are not allowed in the seating area of the Petrillo Music Shell.

3. Can I leave during a concert at the Petrillo Music Shell to use the restrooms and then return to the concert? Yes, restrooms are provided in the area the concerts take place.

4. Can I bring a tent into the festival? Personal tents and canopies are NOT allowed at any lakefront event.

5. Can I bring my dog with me into the festival? No. For your dog’s protection and for the public’s safety, all dogs (except service animals) are restricted from the festivals and you will be asked to leave the festival with your dog. (This policy is supported by the Anti-Cruelty Society.)

6. Is there an admission fee to get into the festival grounds? No.

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