Taste of Chicago 2022 opens Friday in Grant Park with over 30 music vendors and artists

CHICAGO (WLS) — The Taste of Chicago returned to Grant Park on Friday for the first time since 2019.

There are over 30 providers to choose from. This is even less than normal years as the event is still slightly reduced.

But there’s no shortage of food, live music and all Taste concerts are free this year.

“I dreamed of it for 20 years and we finally succeeded, yes!” Michelle with ME Catering.

What’s new at this year’s Taste of Chicago?

Chicago police will be on high alert, ramping up resources all weekend with safety top of mind for organizers.

“Given all the circumstances, Highland Park is certainly first and foremost, we’re in a different world, so safety and security is a very, very high priority for this event,” the Taste manager said. of Chicago, Neil Heitz.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city is ready and protected.

“We are very aware of what happened,” Mayor Lightfoot said. “We’re reviewing all events on the calendar between now and the fall and making sure we’re learning what lessons we can.”

Organizers have said you may need more time to get through the entry queues for bag checks and strongly urge you to say something if you see anything.

In the meantime, other things are getting easier. The event is going ticketless this year.
All you need is cash or a credit card to buy things from each vendor.

Ribs, chicken and waffles, cheesecake, the Taste of Chicago has it all this year.

“We have our famous short ribs with Mr. E Chef Catering, our special sauce and our special seasoning fillet with fries and our chicken,” Melvin said with Mr. E Catering.

Traditions like that in their place in Grant Park.

“We can’t wait. It will be so nice to get everyone together and have fun,” said Rebecca Vanderkloot.

Even Chance the Rapper was there, looking for ice cream with his daughter.

Food vendors:

Buckingham Fountain Vendors:

1 – Eli’s Cheesecake Company
2 – Robinson No. 1 Ribs
3 – Yum yum
4 – The One Ingredient Catering LLC
5 – First Tacos
6 – Tandoor Char House
7 – Josephine’s southern cuisine
8 – Pork Chop
9 – Churro Factory
10 – Seoul Tacos
11 – Mr. E Chef Catering LLC
12 – Puffs of misfortune
13 – Doom Street Eats
14 – goat
15 – The Chicago Doghouse
16 – Arun Thai Restaurant

17 – The delights of Esperanza’s kitchen
18 – Connie’s Pizza
19 – BJ’s Market & Bakery
20 – Healthy Substance
21 – Franco’s Restaurant

Food Trucks on Columbus Drive – North of Ida B. Wells Drive

– Harold’s Chicken
-Don Paleta
– Gumbo Express Inc by Cynthia
– Mrs. Tittle’s cupcakes
– La Cocinita food truck

Food Trucks on Columbus Drive – south of Ida B. Wells Drive

-Whadda Jerk
– Shrimps from the Gulf of Haire
– Aunt Vee’s Kitchen
– Mr. Quiles Mexican cuisine
– Decadent flavor

Food and Beverage Experiences

Daily, 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m.

Brasserie & Wine Garden
Serving over 20 beers and a range of varietals

Taste the main stage schedule

cocktail lounge
Offer specialty mixed drinks and mixology demonstrations

Friday July 8
Host and DJ of the evening: DJ Mike P

5 p.m. – Shaylin B and John The Author, presented by Chicago Made
6:00 p.m. – FRIEND
7:15 p.m. – Nelly

Saturday July 9
DJ of the evening: Sandra Treviño

5 p.m. – Vivian Garcia and Pinqy Ring, presented by Chicago Made
6 p.m. – Girl K
7:15 p.m. – Aterciopelados

Sunday July 10
DJ of the evening: Miss Alex White (White Mystery)

5 p.m. – Rebecca Brunner and Marina City, presented by Chicago Made
6 p.m. – local time
7:15 p.m. – Truckers at the wheel

Goose Island Stage Schedule

Friday July 8
11am-12:30pm – DJ Janesita
Featured Marching Band: Bandwith Chicago
12:30-2:15 p.m. – DJ Ayana Contreras
2:15-4pm – DJ Jill Hopkins
4-5pm – Karaoke Happy Hour with The People’s Stage
5-6pm – Exhibition Stroll, hosted by Lizzie G with DJ Breathlezz
6-8:30 p.m. – Trqpiteca

Saturday July 9
10:45am-2pm – DJ Johnny Jones Lingo Chicago
Featured Marching Band: Lane Tech Varsity Band
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Eli’s Cheesecake Birthday Celebration
2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. – DJ Lady D
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Karaoke Happy Hour with The People’s Stage
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Sadie Woods
6:30-8:30 p.m. – DJ Mike P

Sunday July 10
10:45am-12:15pm – DJ Chuck Wren
Featured Marching Band: Lakeside Pride Marching Band
12h15-14h – DJ Machede
2-3:30 p.m. – DJ Selah Say
3:30-4:30 p.m. – Karaoke Happy Hour with The People’s Stage
4:30-6:30 p.m. – Duane Powell
6:30-8:30 p.m. – Jamal Smallz

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