Taste of Chicago
Starts: Friday; June 24, 2011
Ends: Sunday; July 3, 2011
Hours: To be announced
Grant Park -- north/south between Monroe Avenue and Balbo Drive, east/west between Michigan Avenue and Lake Shore
One of Chicagoans’ favorite things to do in the summer is to attend the Taste of Chicago. This
year, after trying to privatize the world’s largest outdoor food festival, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daily has
decided to turn over control of this major Mid-western event to the City’s Park District. Chicago Park District
General Superintendent Timothy Mitchell said through a press release “Mayor Daley has stressed the importance of
keeping the Taste of Chicago free with no admission fee, especially during these tough economic times. Our goal
is to do just that while also ensuring that the Taste remains economically viable.”
The 31st Annual Taste of Chicago will inherit four of Chicago’s other festivals in order to cut
costs: the Country Music Festival, Celtic Fest, the Gospel Festival and Viva Chicago. But, rest assure, The
Blues Fest and the Jazz Fest will not be affected by this change.
890am WLS reported, "Four of the big summer music
festivals are being downgraded to single day events and put into Taste of Chicago. They are the country and
gospel music festivals, Viva Chicago Latin Music Festival and Celtic Fest Chicago. And no expensive big name
talents in any of them. Only the Chicago Blues and Jazz festivals will continue as stand alone events over
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Arnald Morton founder of Morton's of Chicago (now, Called: Morton's The Steakhouse) convinced Mayor
Jane Burn and Louis Weisburg to Block the Magnificent Mile (Michigan Avenue) for the first Taste of Chicago.
Organizers of this one day event expected roughly 100,000 people. This expectation was surpassed 2½ times with
an estimated 250,000 visitors.
In 1983, Chicago Mayor Herold Washington phased out the fizzling ChicagoFest, placing the Taste of
Chicago as the city's premiere summer festival.
2010 Taste of Chicago - Food