The 2014 Taste of Chicago kicked off today in Grant Park with plenty of food, fun and music.
“We’ve had a fantastic turnout, beautiful weather, great food, great music,” said the City’s Department of Cultural Affaris and Special Events spokesperson Mary May.
Tonights’ concert lineup at the Petrillo Music Shell features Awolnation and Saints of Valory starting at 5:30 p.m. Visit tasteofchicago.us for complete festival details and concert schedules.
Taste of Chicago ready to serve up favorites, new and old
Taste of Chicago restaurant lineup
Chef de jour schedule
Street closures planned around Taste
The Sledz family of McHenry (from left) Alexandra, 18, Constance, mom, Duane, dad, Emily, 14, and Taylor, 17 enjoy Rainbow Cones from Original Rainbow Cone at the Taste. Duane said, “It’s the best thing they here, five flavors in one cone, strawberry, chocolate, pistachio, palmer and orange sherbet. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Enjoying their food while walking (from left) are Dakarai Box, 16, Khaaliq Stevenson, 13, and Kahseem Stevenson, 15, all brothers of Denver, Colorado. Dakarai and Kahseem had burgers and Khaaliq had cheese fries all from M Burger. They are in town to visit relatives and decided to go to the Taste. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Patrick Branch of Chicago cooks some jerk chicken at Iyanze. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Kyle Lucki of Chicago cooks some potato pancakes at Manny’s. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Larry Delacruz of Chicago (left) and his brother Bong Delacruz of Edmonton, Canada, jump up as Bong’s wife Monaliza takes their photo they said for the fun of it. It is their first time to the festival. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Katie Powers, 19, (left) and Kayla Thurman, 21, announce that there is no waiting and to come and get their ice-cream at Original Rainbow Cone. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Emanemah Adefala and her 1-year-old daughter Danielle enjoy some watermelon. They were there celebrating her other daughter, Gabby’s 8th birthday. Emanemah said the watermelon and the chicken jerk were wonderful. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Danny Fricano of Skokie (left) and his friend Jordan Kabins from Skokie but is now an infantryman in the Marine Corps stationed at Camp Pendleton enjoy some beer and a turkey leg from Manny’s. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Jerk chicken being prepared on the grill at the Vee Vee’s African Restaurant booth at this year’s Taste of Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
The Mac & Cheeto, three cheese macaroni with Cheeto crumble on top, available at the SpritzBurger both at Taste of Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times
Jollof rice with sauteed goat at Vee Vee’s African Restaurant is served up at Taste of Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times