Taste of Chicago


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Taste of Chicago

10 days extending from the last week of June through the first week of July
Taste of Chicago is the largest food festival in the United States and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Illinois. Begun as a one-day celebration of Chicago's diverse cuisine in 1980, the Taste of Chicago quickly grew into a 10-day food and entertainment spectacle that attracts more than 3.5 million visitors each year. The first Taste festival was held in a three-block area of Michigan Avenue on July 4, 1980. However, with attendance more than triple the anticipated 75,000 visitors, the festival relocated the following year to nearby Grant Park on the Lake Michigan waterfront. In addition to extending the length of the festival from one day to 10, organizers also expanded the number of vendor restaurants to 70 and offered a full range of local and national music acts to entertain festivalgoers. Over the years additional entertainment and education programs were added, including cooking classes, family-themed crafts, fitness demonstrations, and world culture exhibits.
While the Taste of Chicago extends from late June into early July, the most popular day to attend is July 3, when a schedule of celebrity music performers culminates in a spectacular municipal fireworks display over Lake Michigan.
CONTACTS:
Taste of Chicago
Mayor's Office of Special Events
121 N. LaSalle St., Rm. 806
Chicago, IL 60602
312-744-3315; fax: 312-744-8523
www.tasteofchicago.us
SOURCES:
PatHols-2006, p. 169
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