60 food vendors, including 19 newcomers, set for 35th Taste of Chicago

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The 35th Taste of Chicago will feature 60 food establishments, including 19 newcomers, when the annual feeding frenzy by the lake arrives July 8-12 in Grant Park. The announcement was made today by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Illinois Restaurant Association.

“As our culinary reputation has grown on the national stage, the Taste of Chicago continues to reflect the vibrant and diverse restaurant community of Chicago with new, exciting culinary experiences along with long-time favorites,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

At a press conference earlier today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel samples some of the fare that will be featured at Taste of Chicago. | FRAN SPIELMAN PHOTO

At a press conference earlier today, Mayor Rahm Emanuel samples some of the fare that will be featured at Taste of Chicago. | FRAN SPIELMAN PHOTO

The newbie lineup will include six five-day restaurants, five new food trucks and eight new pop-up participants who will be on site for one or two days only. The new restaurants and food trucks are: Bruges Brothers, Burger Bar Chicago, The Crave Bar, Dia De Los Tamales, Dinky Donuts, Inc., DönerMen, Emerald Isle, Farmer’s Fridge, Haire’s Gulf Shrimp, Jack’s Fork in the Road, La Bomba Restaurant, La Cocinita, La Mexicana, Luke’s Lobster, Miller’s Pub, Old Crow Smokehouse, Puffs of Doom, Sono Wood Fired and Yum Dum.

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In addition, the hugely popular “Celebrity Chef du Jour” program will be back featuring five local chefs offering a unique 3-course dining experience in an air-conditioned dining pavilion for $45 (limit four tickets per person). This year’s chef roster includes: Tanya Baker (The Boarding House), Thomas Lents (Sixteen), Giuseppe Tentori (GT Fish & Oyster) Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig) and Phillip Foss (EL Ideas). Tickets for the dining experience must be purchased in advance; they go on sale at 10 a.m. May 29 at tasteofchicago.us.

Admission to the Taste of Chicago is free; tickets for food and beverages can be purchased in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50. All vendors will offer their signature items, as well as the smaller “Taste Of” portions priced at $2.50 or less. Lighter, healthier choice items will also be available from select vendors. Taste hours will be: 11 a.m.–9 p.m., Wednesday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Here’s the full lineup of food vendors/pop-ups and food trucks slated for this year’s Taste of Chicago:

Five-Day Restaurants

–Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont – Epicurean Taste

–Billy Goat Tavern & Grill 1535 W. Madison – Classic Chicago Taste

–BJ’s Market & Bakery 8734 S. Stony Island – Taste of the Sea

–Bobak Sausage Co. 5275 S. Archer Ave. – Classic Chicago Taste

–Caffe Gelato 2034 W. Division St. – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill 300 W. 26th – World Tour Taste

–Chicago’s Dog House 816 W. Fullerton – Epicurean Taste

–Churro Factory 3755 W. Armitage – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Connie’s Pizza 2373 S. Archer Ave. – Classic Chicago Taste

–Dia De Los Tamales 939 W. 18th St. – World Tour Taste

–Eli’s Cheesecake Co. 6701 W. Forest Preserve – Classic Chicago Taste

–Emerald Isle 6686 N. Northwest Hwy. – Classic Chicago Taste

–Farmer’s Fridge 111 E. Wacker – Epicurean Taste

–Franco’s Ristorante 300 W. 31st St. – World Tour Taste

–Gold Coast Dogs 225 S. Canal – Classic Chicago Taste

–Iyanze 4623 N. Broadway – World Tour Taste

-Kasia’s Deli 2101 W. Chicago – World Tour Taste

–La Bomba Restaurant 3221 W. Armitage – World Tour Taste

–La Mexicana 4171 S. Archer – World Tour Taste

–Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp 2120 S. Canal – Taste of the Sea

–Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria 805 S. State – Classic Chicago Taste

–Mariano’s Chicagoland Locations – Classic Chicago Taste

–Miller’s Pub 134 S. Wabash – Classic Chicago Taste

–Oak Street Beach Café 5700 S. Cicero – Taste of the Sea

–O’Briens Restaurant 1528 N. Wells – Classic Chicago Taste

–Porkchop 941 W. Randolph – Epicurean Taste

–Punky’s Pizza & Pasta 2600 S. Wallace – World Tour Taste

–Ricobene’s on 26th Street 252 W. 26th – Classic Chicago Taste

–Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs 225 S. Canal – Classic Chicago Taste

–Star of Siam 11 E. Illinois – World Tour Taste

–The Fudge Pot 1532 N. Wells – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Tuscany 1014 W. Taylor – World Tour Taste

–Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant 6232 N. Broadway – World Tour Taste

Eli’s Cheesecake will be back for the 35th Taste of Chicago. | SUN-TIMES PHOTO

Eli’s Cheesecake will be back for the 35th Taste of Chicago. | SUN-TIMES PHOTO

Pop-Up Restaurants

–Burger Bar Chicago 1578 N. Clybourn – Epicurean Taste

–Dinky Donuts, Inc. Located at Markets throughout Chicago – Sweet Tooth Taste

–DönerMen Located throughout Chicago – World Tour Taste

–Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize 2518 W. 63rd – World Tour Taste

–Haire’s Gulf Shrimp 8112 S. Vincennes – Taste of the Sea

–Jin Ju Restaurant 5203 N. Clark – World Tour Taste

–Luke’s Lobster 134 N. LaSalle – Taste of the Sea

–Old Crow Smokehouse 3506 N. Clark – Epicurean Taste

–Puffs of Doom Located at Markets throughout Chicago – Epicurean Taste

–Riva 700 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier – Taste of the Sea

–Sono Wood Fired 1582 N. Clybourn – Epicurean Taste

–Stan’s Donuts & Coffee 1506 N. Damen – Sweet Tooth Taste

Taste of Chicago | SUN-TIMES PHOTO

Taste of Chicago | SUN-TIMES PHOTO

Food Trucks

–Beavers Coffee + Donuts – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Bruges Brothers – Epicurean Taste

–Chicago Cupcake – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Chicago Lunchbox – World Tour Taste

–Gino’s Steaks Truck – Classic Chicago Taste

–Giordano’s – Classic Chicago Taste

–Harold’s Chicken – Classic Chicago Taste

–Jack’s Fork in the Road – Epicurean Taste

–Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill – World Tour Taste

–La Cocinita – World Tour Taste

–Ms. Tittle’s Cupcakes – Sweet Tooth Taste

–Starfruit Café – Sweet Tooth Taste

–The Crave Bar – Sweet Tooth Taste

–The Fat Shallot – Epicurean Taste

–Yum Dum – World Tour Taste

For more information visit tasteofchicago.us.

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