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Taste of Chicago 2016 Restaurants Are Finally Here

By Urbanmatter Chicago @UMatterChicago

The wait is finally over!

The lineup of the Taste of Chicago 2016 restaurants have finally been released! With 69 food establishments and 20 new vendors to choose from, we’ve got your one-stop guide for all the food and activities to this huge Chicago tradition.

New Vendors

Consisting of three new five-day restaurants, six new food trucks, and 11 new pop-up participants.

  • Abundance Bakery
  • Arami
  • Auntie Vee’s
  • BRGRBELLY
  • Da Lobsta
  • Demera Ethiopian Restaurant
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Firecakes Donuts
  • Frannie’s Café Inc
  • Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken
  • The Happy Lobster Truck
  • La Jefa
  • La Patrona
  • MAD Social
  • nana
  • Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
  • Pork & Mindy’s
  • Rojo Gusano
  • Taco in a Bag
  • Texas de Brazil

Returning Vendors

Five-Day Restaurants

Beat Kitchen, Billy Goat Tavern & Grill,  BJ’s Market & Bakery, Bobak Sausage Company, Caffe Gelato, Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, Chicago’s Dog House, Churro Factory, Connie’s Pizza, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky Donuts, Inc., The Eli’s Cheesecake Co., Farmer’s Fridge, Franco’s Ristorante, The Fudge Pot, Gold Coast Dogs, Iyanze, Kasia’s Deli, La Bomba Restaurant, La Mexicana, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Miller’s Pub, Oak Street Beach Café, O’Briens Restaurant & Bar, Porkchop, Punky’s Pizza & Pasta, Ricobene’s on 26th Street, Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, Star of Siam, Tuscany, Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant

Pop-Up Restaurants

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize, Jin Ju Restaurant, Puffs of Doom, Riva, Stan’s Donuts & Coffee, Yum Dum

Food Trucks

Beavers Coffee + Donuts, Bruges Brothers, Chicago Lunchbox, DönerMen, The Fat Shallot, Gino’s Steaks Truck, Giordano’s, Harold’s Chicken, Jack’s Fork in the Road, La Cocinita, The Lifeway Kefir Shop, Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes

For those seeking healthy food options, many vendors will offer Humana Healthier Choice selections.

If you’re looking for some unique Taste of Chicago experiences, you can also attend:

  • Celebrity Chef du Jour: Three-course dining experience from acclaimed Chicago chefs
  • The Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen cooking demonstration area: Food demonstrations by local and national chefs
  • The new CH Distillery Spirit Lounge: Mixology specials by the Buckingham Fountain
  • Beer and wine gardens: Scenic gardens with a variety of beers and wine selections

Other Taste of Chicago 2016 Details

Location: Grant Park | @ Jackson & Columbus, Chicago, IL 60602
Dates: July 6-10
Times: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Admission: Free
Drink & Food Tickets: $8.50 for 12 Tickets | $2.50 – “Taste Of” Portions | $45 – Celebrity Chef du Jour

Here’s a complete list of musical acts coming to the The Taste, too.

Which are some of your favorite eats from these vendors? Let us know below!


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