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June 28, 2008
Wilminton, North Carolina
July 5, 2007
From journal My Kind of Town: Chicago
December 6, 2005
From journal My Favorite City
April 25, 2005
Things can get a little crazy here, so if you aren’t a big fan of crowds, I wouldn’t suggest coming on the 4th. Also, strollers are usually a bad idea just because you get stuck in all the human traffic. Be careful of your feet when you are walking; they will probably get trampled. I know it's summer, but closed-toe shoes may be the best idea.
Tickets were 11 for $7 last year (summer 2004), and everything is priced usually between four and five tickets. Most of the time, these are massive portions, so you really won’t be ripped off too badly. Some of the items, like homemade potato chips or corn on the cob, are only two to three tickets, and that’s a good bargain if you ask me. If you are going with a group, it might be the best idea to stake out a spot to reconvene after you get your food. This way, you always know where everyone will be. If you are in the mood for an alcoholic beverage, there are beer booths set up along the way. I believe these were six tickets, and it was a fairly large-sized glass. I think that the wine is a little more of a rip-off. It is only served in the one pavilion, and the glasses were tiny for the same price as the beer. Plus, let's be honest, people, this is the taste of Chicago--it's like one giant cook-out. You need to drink beer.
There is one area (the same pavilion that sells the wine) where you can get gourmet food prepared for you. It has some of the best chefs from Chicago showcasing their favorite summer dishes. There will be a menu of what they are serving that day posted at the entrances and in the maps.
The Taste of Chicago isn’t just about the food; Chicago has turned this into a very real festival. There are bands that play both during the day and at night. They have special acts to entertain you while you are munching away, and there are vendors and music playing everywhere; it's truly become something amazing.
My suggestion is to go, have a good time, and taste some of Chicago’s favorite dishes!
From journal Windy City Spots
Madison Heights, Michigan
April 16, 2005
This is not a gourmet haven, but it certainly has a variety that will not leave anyone bored or looking for very long for something they have never tried: frozen bananas, Chicago stuffed pizza and hot dogs, huge turkey drumsticks, chocolate-covered strawberries, ice cream, and the like. Bon appetite!
From journal Weekend in Chicago
by smmmarti guide
July 9, 2003
Three and half million people will visit The Taste this year.
It’s astounding that this mass of humanity meets annually in Chicago to stroll the shores of Lake Michigan through Grant Park, to eat food available in local restaurants any day of the week (for less), to drink beer and listen to free concerts by top name entertainers, to commune with fellow Chicagoans on a rare and glorious summer night.
We wandered through the intense crowds recently on Taste’s opening weekend. It is beyond me how people navigate the tight thoroughfares and eat chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick at the same time. Chicago’s vast variety of ethnic eateries and local favorites are well-represented here with 60+ booths offering everything from gyros to barbecue ribs; fried dough to pizza. Since I’m unable to eat on foot and people-watch simultaneously, I opted for a simple margarita at the Jose Cuervo booth instead, which had an added advantage of taking the edge off the toe-stomping and jostling.
Soon, having had enough of the bustle, we headed toward Buckingham Fountain, enjoying the wide-open spaces and views of Navy Pier to the north and the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum to the south. A Gospel group rocked at a smaller venue near the fountain. Heading north, picnickers began placing their blankets and baskets for the upcoming Loretta Lynn concert at the Petrillo bandshell, the scene framed perfectly by the famed Chicago skyline.
Inspired by the architecture, we walked across the bridge of the Chicago River, and ambled past the world famous Art Institute, it’s stately lions protecting the world’s largest collection of impressionist art. Looking to spend the last of our tickets ($7.00 for 11 tickets: beer, 7 tickets) we revisited Taste’s crowds a second time (no admission fees) and entered the Miller beer booth just in time for the skies to open up in true Chicago fashion.
Immediately, a mob of people had a sudden need for beer. Also in true Chicago style, workers began chiding, teasing and serenading their new customers huddled together under the little canopy waiting out the cloudburst. People began routinely passing beers and quips to those behind them, as if they were at a Cubs’ game.
Shortly, the rain let up, yet everyone lingered awhile in a sudden, new-found camaraderie that is a quintessential element of gatherings in Chicago. That, better than anything, explains why people subject themselves to teeming hoards sporting cheesecake on a stick. That, better than anything, explains the double entendre implied in the name "A Taste of Chicago."
From journal Chicago Summer Classics
by Todd from Chicago
Arlington Heights, Illinois
February 5, 2003
From journal Chicago, Illinois
December 31, 2001
From journal The Chicago city
Northern Va Suburbs of DC, Virginia
November 3, 2000
If you go on a weekday, it isn't quite as crowded.
From journal "Take me Out to the Ballgame''. The friendly confines of Wrigley Field.