The Taste of Chicago Has Been Revealed. What Can We Expect to Eat in September

In 2023, Taste of Chicago festival returns to the Windy City later than usual, but with a line up that guarantees tasty bites and a really good time, even later in the year than the usual time slot. The City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has just revealed the food and entertainment lineup for our beloved summer festival. 

As a result of the NASCAR Chicago Street Race, Taste of Chicago could not take place in its usual first weekend in July, being pushed back to September.

Great food is among the things we do best in Chicago

The Windy City is famous for many things, wonderful architecture, sports life, festivals, 1920s gangsters, and Fortune 500 companies, but it’s the Chicago food scene that really makes it unforgettable. Ours is one of the best cities for culinary experiences, offering such diverse  unmistakably Chicagoan dishes, and global eats in a wide breadth of acclaimed restaurants. This month, PlantX is bringing a new addition to Chicago’s food market.  Located in the heart of Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, the 6,500 square foot food hall will feature a central bar with vegan bar food and vegan wine pairings provided by and a bodega-style grocery store with a cheese monger provided by Good Planet.

So, we have established that Chicago’s food is great and extremely diverse. What about a beloved yearly event which combines two of Chicagoans’ great loves: good food and good music? The 2023 edition of the annual event Taste of Chicago will offer free musical performances by singer-songwriter Lupita Infante, mariachi group Mariachi Sirenas, Dominican-American hip hop group Proyecto Uno, Chicago-based band Whitney and more. Taste of Chicago will also be a stop on the Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50 tour, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the genre with performances by Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One and Slick Rick.

When and where can we enjoy the great food and entertainment

Taste of Chicago will take place in Grant Park – Buckingham Fountain Plaza, Chicago, IL 60602, September 8-10, 2023, between 11am and 9pm, on all three days. Food sales will end at 9pm, while alcohol sales will stop at 8:45pm. 

Admission into the festival is FREE. Entrance gates are at Columbus Drive & Jackson Drive, Columbus Drive & Ida B. Wells, and Columbus Drive & Balbo Drive.

Of course, food is the star here, with over 35 vendors and 15 food trucks coming to feed visitors. Participating restaurants include The Original Rainbow Cone, Yvolina’s Tamales, Tacotlan, Seoul Taco, Arun’s Thai Restaurant and Sapori Trattoria. Eli’s Cheesecake will host its annual birthday celebration on September 9 at 12:30pm, and all attendees will receive a free slice. September 8th is reserved for beer lovers who can check out Friday Night Flights, a craft brews fest.

Whether you are more family oriented, you like karaoke or bouncing around in inflatable houses, everything will be possible at Taste of Chicago. You can even attend dance lessons courtesy of Chicago SummerDance and a karaoke. 

All vendors accept both cash and credit cards

There is no admission to get into the event, and food can be bought with cash or credit card. 

The full list of food vendors, as announced by Taste of Chicago’s website, can be found below:

  • African Food Palace
  • Arun’s Thai Restaurant
  • Badou Senegalese Cuisine
  • Banato
  • Billy Goat Tavern
  • BJ’s Market & Bakery
  • Chicago Eats
  • Chicago’s Doghouse
  • Churro Factory (Xurro)
  • Classic Cobbler Baked Goods Company
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • Cumin Club Indian Kitchen
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Esperanza
  • Frannie’s Café
  • Gaby’s Funnel Cakes
  • Healthy Substance Kitchen
  • JJ Thai Street Food
  • Josephine’s Cooking
  • LC Pho Restaurant
  • Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
  • Mr. E Chef Catering
  • Pies of London
  • Porkchop
  • Prime Tacos
  • Robinson No. 1 Ribs
  • Sapori Trattoria
  • Seoul Taco Chicago
  • Tacotlan
  • Tandoor Char House
  • The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
  • The Original Rainbow Cone
  • The Sole Ingredient Catering
  • Yum Dum
  • Yvolina’s Tamales

Keep in mind that schedules might still change between now and September, so be sure to check the event’s website from time to time. Also, since the event has no entrance fee, visitors might want to get there pretty early, to have time to taste some of the great food. Also remember there is no seating available. 

Taste Main Stage Schedule

Friday, September 8th

DJ for the evening: Selah Say

  • 5pm – Mamii and Slique Jay Adams, both presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm – Meagan McNeal
  • 7pm – Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50
    featuring EPMD and KRS-One

Saturday, September 9th

DJ for the evening: DJ Janesita

  • 5pm – ÉSSO, presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm – Lupita Infante with Mariachi Sirenas
  • 7pm – Proyecto Uno

Sunday, September 10

DJ for the evening: DJ Mike P

  • 5pm – Nola Adé and Cloud Farmers, both presented by Chicago Made
  • 6pm – White Mystery
  • 7:15pm – Whitney

Chicago SummerDance Schedule

Friday, September 8th , 11am–4:45pm

  • 11am – DJ and Open Dancing
  • 12pm – Line Dancing / Fre2Dance
  • 1pm – Peruvian Folk Dance / Center of Peruvian Arts
  • 2pm – Balboa (Swing) / Desiree Roffers
  • 3pm – Reggaeton / Latin Street
  • 4pm – DJ and Open Dancing

Saturday, September 9, 1-4:45pm

  • 1pm – Salsa / Latin Rhythms
  • 2pm – Country Two-Step / Second City Country Dance Association
  • 3pm – Zouk / Urbanity Dance Chicago
  • 4pm – Dabke / Phaedra Darwish

Sunday, September 10, 11am–4:45pm

  • 11am – DJ and Open Dancing
  • 12pm – Steppin’ / Majestic Gents
  • 1pm – Eastern European Folk Dance / Ethnic Dance Chicago
  • 2pm – Bollywood / Meher Dance Company
  • 3pm – Bachata / Desueño Dance
  • 4pm – DJ and Open Dancing
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