A Guide To The Taste Of Chicago 2019


CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Trying to decided what to taste at the Taste? 

The 39th annual Taste of Chicago kicked off Wednesday and continues through Sunday, July 14.

The five-day festival is known as "the world's largest, free-admission food festival" includes 82 eateries, with 37 of those being new participants, along with 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks.

Here's a guide to help you decide where to eat and what to do at the Taste of Chicago 2019.


July 10–14; Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Grant Park (Jackson & Columbus) 


Admission to the Taste is free. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10. Smaller "Taste of" portions" are available for 3-6 tickets. Ticket booths accept cash, credit and debit. Ticket sales end at 8:30 p.m.

Getting There

Parking: There is parking available directly under the festival at the Millennium Garages. Garages include Garage locations are Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave., Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave., and Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage located at 5 S. Columbus Drive.

Public Transportation: 

CTA - From the elevated lines: exit at Adams/Wabash. From the subway: exit at Jackson and walk several blocks east.

Metra - Metra is adding trains and making changes to the schedules on some lines this weekend to accommodate people. The commuter rail agency said there will be extra trains on the BNSF line starting Wednesday in downtown Chicago. Additional inbound trains will also be operating along the Union Pacific West Line on Saturday. The changes will remain in place throughout the five-day event.

Street Closures:



  • Arun's Thai Restaurant
  • Aunty Joy's Jamaican Kitchen
  • Beat Kitchen
  • Ben's Bar-Be-Cue
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • BJ's Market & Bakery
  • Brazilian Bowl Inc.
  • Buona Beef
  • Buscia's Bacon Buns
  • Caffe Gelato Soiree
  • Chicago's Dog House
  • Churro Factory
  • Connie's Pizza
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Esperanza
  • Franco's Ristorante
  • Frannie's Café Inc
  • Frönen
  • Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize
  • Gold Coast Dogs
  • Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls
  • Iyanze
  • Josephine's Cooking
  • Kasia’s Deli
  • La Mexicana
  • Lao Sze Chuan
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria
  • Premier Rollin BBQ
  • Rainbow Cone
  • Ricobene's
  • Robinson's No 1 Ribs
  • Seoul Taco
  • Texas de Brazil
  • The Cookie Crate
  • The Eli's Cheesecake Company
  • The Slab Bar-B-Que
  • The Star of Siam
  • Ukai Japanese Restaurant
  • Vee Vee's African Restaurant
  • Yum Dum
  • Yvolina's Tamales

Pop-Up Restaurants:

  • 90 Miles Cuban Café 
  • A Place by Damao 
  • Bar Takito 
  • Barangaroos Aussie Pies
  • BettyBop Shop
  • BITES Asian Kitchen + Bar
  • Black Dog Gelato 
  • Classic Cobbler
  • Dmen Tap 
  • Dog Haus
  • Egg Rolls Etc. 
  • Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars
  • Jason's Deli
  • Jeannie's Flan Inc.
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams 
  • Jus Sandwiches 
  • Kitchen 17 
  • Luella's Gospel Bird 
  • Madame VanderKloot's Weiner Emporium
  • Nourish Catering 
  • Seafood City Supermarket (Grill City)
  • These Wingz?
  • Warm Belly Bakery
  • Wood Fire Counter

Food Trucks:

  • American Glory
  • Aztec Dave's Food Truck
  • Beavers Coffee + Donuts
  • Big Wang's Chinese Street Food 
  • Coastline Catering
  • Da Pizza Dude 
  • Giordano's
  • Harold's Chicken
  • La Cocinita
  • Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp
  • Mr. Quiles Mexican Food 
  • Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes 
  • Pink Flamingo (Flamingo Rum Club) 
  • Pink Taco 
  • The Lifeway Kefir Shop
  • Three Legged Tacos 
  • Whadda Jerk