City Serving Up Fun at the 30th Annual Taste of Chicago

June 25, 2010

Taste Test: Who is the only vendor at the original Taste of Chicago that still participates every year?

The 30th annual Taste of Chicago is in full swing now through the 4th of July at Grant Park in Chicago.

More than 6 million people are expected to taste something at the Taste this summer.

The free-admission, 10-day festival attracts over 6 million visitors and will feature foods from 53 tented restaurants, all from the city of Chicago.

The Taste also offers a ton of entertainment including live music, children’s activities, cooking demonstrations, dancing, book signings and more.

You need tickets to buy food and drinks. Tickets are sold in strips of 12 for $8, which includes a $2 event surcharge.

There are more than 200 different foods to try and nothing costs more than 12 tickets. Many booths offer “Taste of” samples, which are smaller portions available for 2 to 4 tickets.

You can use a credit card to buy tickets, but be prepared to show an ID.

There is plenty of public transportation, as well as free trolleys on specific days throughout the festival. Check out www.transitchicago.com for information.

On July 4 around 9 p.m., the city will present a triple-play fireworks show up and down Chicago’s 26 miles of lakefront: at Navy Pier, on the North Side from Foster to Montrose and on the South Side from the 63rd Street Beach to Promontory Point.

Taste Test Answer: The first Taste of Chicago was a one-day event on July 4, 1980 on Michigan Avenue. The only original vendor there that day and still appearing each year: Eli’s Cheesecake. In fact, that was the day Eli’s Cheesecake debuted! To celebrate the big 30th birthday, go to Buckingham Fountain on June 26 at 1 p.m. for some free Eli’s Cheesecake.

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What: 30th annual Taste of Chicago

Where: Grant Park, Michigan Ave. & Congress Dr., Chicago

Dates: June 25 through July 4.

Hours: Daily, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, July 3, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, July 4, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ticket booths close 30 minutes before the Taste closes.

Visit www.explorechicago.org to get information on the Taste of Chicago, to download an interactive map, to get entertainment schedules or to download the free Taste of Chicago iPhone app.

See you there!

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