4 things to check out at this year's Taste of Chicago
When Taste of Chicago was scooted from July to September to accommodate the NASCAR race, some grumbled about changing traditions.
Why it matters: Love it or hate it, Taste represents the one food festival that attempts to reflect the whole city — and it attracts thousands of tourists annually.
Unpopular opinion: This weekend's scaled-down version (after a summer of neighborhood Tastes) in comfortable 65-degree weather might be an improvement.
- That is, if you can deal with traffic bound to clog downtown with Printer's Row Lit Fest all weekend and the Bears-Packers game on Sunday.
Here are four things we're looking forward to at this year's Taste.
Along with lots of pizza, hot dogs, cheesecake and tacos, Taste is debuting new dishes including:
- Chicago's iconic Jim Shoe sandwich ($5) featuring gyro meat, roast beef and corned beef topped with giardiniera and tzatziki from the West Side's Chicago Eats Market Place.
- Egusi fufu ($15) from African Food Palace featuring a traditional stew with a ball of dough for dipping.
Visitors can choose up to 10 Friday Night Flights beer samples from 25 local breweries for $25-$30 from 4-9pm tomorrow night.
- Adults can sip Windy City Punch slushies and a new Malort-garita, featuring the local spirit with watermelon, citrus and orange.
- Kids can drink free kefir at the Lifeway Foods Family Village.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the Taste Main Stage will feature Masters of the Mic: Doug E. Fresh, Slick Rick, EPMD and KRS-One on Friday. Then, Proyecto Uno on Saturday and Whitney on Sunday.
- On the Goose Island stage Chicago's Independent Venue League (CIVL) presents Kaina, DJ SImmy, Rich Robbin, Rae Chardonnay and more.
Participatory song and dance
- A SummerDance stage will feature classes on reggaeton, steppin', Bollywood and more all weekend.
- The city will remember the late DJ Casper with a festival-wide "Cha Cha Slide" Friday at 5:55pm.
Of note: Bye bye, Taste tickets. For the second year, booths will accept only cash or credit.
More Chicago stories
No stories could be found
Get a free daily digest of the most important news in your backyard with Axios Chicago.