Here’s How You Can Celebrate Taste Of Chicago This Year

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Here’s How You Can Celebrate Taste Of Chicago This Year

Taste of Chicago will continue to showcase the Windy City’s best eats with Taste To-Go.

According to the city’s government website, more than one million people flocked to Taste of Chicago to enjoy good food, live music, and a whole lot of tasty festivities. On June 9, however, the city announced that Taste of Chicago, among other summer festivals in Chicago, would have to be transformed, scaled down, and reimagined in order to go on in a safe manner. Today, the reimagined Taste of Chicago festival begins. Here’s what it looks like:

This year, Taste of Chicago is supporting community restaurants and nonprofits as well as frontline workers with an expanded “Community Eats” program that is supporting 25 neighborhood restaurants and food trucks, as well as featuring online demonstrations from local chefs, and a food truck procession.

Community Eats

Taste of Chicago’s Community Eats program encourages featured eateries to host free meals between now and July 12 for community organizations and neighborhood first responders. The program seeks to make a positive social impact in communities across Chicago. The restaurants, eateries, and organizations/communities that will they will benefit, follow as such:

  • Advocate Trinity Hospital provided by Coastline Catering
  • Austin Coming Together provided by Smokey Zo’s
  • Care Kitchen Chicago donation to East Garfield Park neighborhood at The Hatchery
  • Casa Catalina Food Pantry provided by Doom Street Eats
  • Farm on Ogden provided by Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese
  • Jackson Park Hospital provided by Bombay Wraps
  • La Casa Norte provided by Aztec Dave’s
  • Lawndale Christian Health Center provided by Kasia’s Deli, Inc.
  • Lawrence Hall provided by Yum Dum
  • MADO Healthcare – Douglas Park provided by Moti
  • Mt. Sinai Hospital provided by Whadda Jerk and Eli’s Cheesecake
  • New Covenant Community Development Council provided by Rolling Chicago Cafe
  • The Night Ministry provided by La Cocinita
  • The Port Ministries provided by Razpachos
  • Roseland Community Hospital provided by Jus Sandwiches
  • Salvation Army Freedom Center provided by Barangaroos Aussie Pies
  • South Shore Hospital provided by Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes
  • St. Anthony Hospital provided by Cynthia’s Gumbo Express
  • St. Bernard Hospital provided by Egg Rolls etc.
  • West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council provided by Lifeway Kiefer
  • Westside Health Authority provided by Connie’s Pizza

Online Demonstrations

To give the new experience a little more flavor, Taste of Chicago is featuring half a week of online cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs from local restaurants around the city. The schedule follows as such:

Wednesday, July 8 (Finished)

Chef: Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco

Dish: Avocado Flatbread

Time: Noon

Thursday, July 9

Chef: Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of Pies

Dish: Lemon Lime Cake

Time: Noon

Friday, July 10

Chef: Jessica Romanowski of Care Kitchen Chicago

Dish: Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Cookies

Time: Noon

Saturday, July 11

Chef: Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen

Dish: Salsa Con Queso

Time: Noon

Sunday, July 12

Chef: Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde

Dish:  Pasta Fredda with Summer Herb Pesto

Time: Noon

To-Go Dining Guide

Taste of Chicago is showcasing __ of Chicago’s tastiest restaurant, food trucks, and eateries as a part of its “Taste To-Go” initiative. Consult this list to see which eateries are in your neck of the woods:

Albany Park

Arun’s Thai Restaurant

Archer Heights

Rolling Chicago Cafe


Coastline Cafe
Photo via facebook.com/CoastlineCove


The Original Rainbow Cone


Connie’s Pizza

Franco’s Ristorante

Downtown/Union Station

Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs


Eli’s Cheesecake

Garfield Ridge

Healthy Substance

Grand Boulevard

Surf’s Up Bronzeville


Barangaroos Aussie Pies

BITES asian kitchen and bar

Lincoln Park

Chicago’s Dog House

Logan Square

Izakaya Mita

Lower West Side

Whadda Jerk

Near North Side

Billy Goat Tavern

Bombay Wraps
Photo via facebook.com/bombaywraps
Lao Sze Chuan Downtown



Near South Side

Aztec Daves Food Truck

Near West Side

Doom Street Eats


Ms Tittle’s Cupcakes

North Center

Spicy Mexican Grill



Cynthia’s Gumbo Express Inc.

Smokey Zo’s
Photo via facebook.com/smokeyzo76

South Deering

BJ’s Market & Bakery

South Lawndale

Don Pepe

The Loop

Gayle V’s Best Ever Grilled Cheese

Kilwin’s Chocolates Fudge & Ice Cream

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria

West Lawn


West Pullman

Jus Sandwiches

West Town

Bonchon Division

Kasia’s Deli, Inc.

The Lifeway Kefir Shop

Yum Dum Food Truck


Egg Rolls Etc
Photo via facebook.com/egg-rolls-etc

See also: 12 Awesome Rooftops To Check Out In Chicago

[Featured image: @aztec_daves]





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