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Taste of Chicago, June 24-July 3 2011
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Taste of Chicago is the nation's premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago's dining community. The delicious array of food served at Taste of Chicago is complemented by music and exciting activities for the entire family. Every summer since 1980, Chicago's beautiful Grant Park on the city's magnificent lakefront has been home to the world's largest food festival. 

June 24 - July 2: 11 am - 8:30 pm
July 3: 11 am - 6 pm


Grant Park
Michigan Ave. & Congress Dr.
Chicago IL 60604


Abbey Pub, 3420 W. Grace St.
Roasted Corn on the Cob; Fish and Chips (Fries); Irish Egg Rolls

“Taste Of”: Fries with Curry; Irish Egg Rolls

Adobo Grill, 1610 N. Wells
Guacamole and Chips; Pork Tacos; Chicken Tamale; Churros
“Taste Of”: Cheese Empanada; Churro

*Alhambra Palace, 1240 W. Randolph St.
Falafel Sandwich with Jerusalem Salad; Chicken Kabob Basket; Beef Shwarma Sandwich; Hummus
“Taste Of”: Falafel with Hummus; Baklava

Arya Bhavan, 2508 W. Devon
Samosa; Chana Masala; Geera (Cumin) Rice; Bhel
“Taste Of”: Samosa; Bhel

Bacino’s Pizza of Lincoln Park, 2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Stuffed Spinach Pizza Slice; Stuffed Sausage Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza Slice
“Taste Of”: Stuffed Spinach Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice

*Banana Leaf Restaurant, 1948 E. 79th St.
Four Jerk Wings with Rice; Blackened Tilapia with Rice; Jerk Lamb Chop with Rice; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry
“Taste Of”: Two Jerk Wings; Curry Vegetable Stir Fry

*Beggars Pizza, 310 S. Clinton
Thin Crust Cheese Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza Slice; Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza Slice; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza Slice
“Taste Of”: Thin Crust Sausage or Pepperoni Pizza; Mostaciolli with Marinara Sauce

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 1535 W. Madison Ave.
Rib Eye Steak Sandwich; Double Cheeseburger; Single Cheeseburger
“Taste Of”: Baked Potato Chips; 1/2 Cheeseburger

BJ's Market & Bakery, 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
Mustard-Fried Catfish; BBQ Turkey Tips; Fish Taco; Sweet Potato Chips
“Taste Of”: Mustard-Fried Catfish; Peach Cobbler

Bobak Sausage Company, 5275 S. Archer Ave
Maxwell Polish Sausage; Beer Bratwurst Sausage; All Natural Chipotle Chicken Sausage; Ultimate Sausage Sampler Platter
“Taste Of”: Mini Maxwell Street Polish Sausage; Mini Chipotle Chicken Sausage

Carbón, 300 W. 26th St.
Fire-Grilled Steak Taco; Tortilla Encrusted Tilapia Taco; Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast Taco; Sampler Platter (all four tacos)
“Taste Of”: Fire Grilled Steak Taco; Fire Roasted Veggie Taco

C'est Si Bon!, 643 E. 47th St.
Sweet Potato Cheesecake; Collard Green Egg Roll; Cajun Meatballs; Spicy Chicken Wingettes & Sweet Potato Biscuit
“Taste Of”: Cajun Meatballs; Fresh Fruit Cup

*Chicago Sweet Connection Bakery, 5569 N. Northwest Hwy.
Atomic Cake; Eclairs; Sweets on a Stick; Parfait cup, Oreo
“Taste Of”: Parfait cup, Oreo; Eclairs

Chicago Joe's, 2256 W. Irving Park Rd.
Popcorn Shrimp with Fries; Calamari with Fries; Jumbo Fried Shrimp with Fries; Cheesy Seasoned Fries
“Taste Of”: Cheesy Seasoned Fries; Firehouse Chili

Churro Factory, 2214 S. Wolcott Ave.
Churros; Funnel Cake; Ice Cream; Frozen Bananas
“Taste Of”: Churritos; Bunelos

Connie's Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave.
Deep Dish Cheese Pizza Slice; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza Slice; 10” Gluten Free Pizza Slice; Frozen Banana
“Taste Of”: Mini Meatball Sandwich; Slice of Gluten Free Pizza

Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St.
Garlic Fries; BBQ Beef Sandwich; Mac and Cheese Bites; Maine Lobster Roll
“Taste Of”: Mac and Cheese Bites; White Chicken Chili

Dominick's, Chicagoland Locations
Red/Green Seedless Grapes; Cherries; Watermelon Slice; Roasted Ultra Sweet Corn on the Cob
“Taste Of”: 1/2 Watermelon Slice; Pineapple Bites

Eli's Cheesecake Company, 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Eli’s Frozen Chocolate Chip Crunch Dipper; Eli’s Cookie Crazy Oreo Smoosh with Vanilla Ice Cream; Eli’s Turtle Cheesecake; Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake; Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake w/ Strawberries
“Taste Of”: Eli’s Original Plain Cheesecake; Eli’s “Skinny Chocolate” Cheesecake

Franco's Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.
Italian Ice Combo (Lemon, watermelon, blue raspberry); Italian Lemon or Watermelon Ice; Homemade Strawberry Gelato; Homemade Staciatella Gelato
“Taste Of”: Italian Lemon Ice; Italian Watermelon Ice

*The Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells
Chocolate Dipped Strawberry; Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana; Combination: Strawberry, Fudge, Banana
“Taste Of”: Baby Chocolate Frozen Banana; Chocolate Fudge

Garrett Popcorn Shops, Chicagoland Locations
Popcornsicle; The Chicago Mix; ½ lb. Mixed Nuts; Ice Cream
“Taste Of”: Popcorn Ball; Mixed Nuts Sampler

Guey Lon Restaurant, 3968 N. Elston Ave.
Orange Chicken w/ Fried Rice; Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura; Egg Roll; Crab Rangoon
“Taste Of”: Vegetable Tempura; Pot Stickers

Harold's Chicken # 71, 2109 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicken Wings; Chicken Nuggets; Fried Okra; Fries
“Taste Of”: Fried String Beans; 1 Wing and Fried Okra

Harry Caray's Restaurant, 33 W. Kinzie St.
Holy Cow Potato Chips; Fried Dough; Toasted Cheese Ravioli
“Taste Of”: Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

Hashbrowns, 731 W. Maxwell St.
Sweet Potato Fries; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns; Maxwell Street Burger; BBQ Meatballs
“Taste Of”: Sweet Potato Fries; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

Home Run Inn Pizza, 4254 W. 31st St.
Cheese Pizza Slice; Sausage Pizza Slice; Six Wings; Cookie with Ice Cream
“Taste Of”: Two Wings; Harvest Salad

Iyanze, 4623 N. Broadway St.
Rice & Beans with Jerk and Plantain; Jollof & Oxtail; Coconut Rice w/ Sauteed Beef; Bissop Sorbet
“Taste Of”: Bissop Sorbet; Jerk Chicken

JR Dessert Bakery, 2841 W. Howard St.
Plain Cheesecake (with Fresh Strawberry or Caramel Pecan Sauce); Frozen Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bar; Key Lime Pie; Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (with or without Ice Cream)
“Taste Of”: Plain Cheesecake; Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Kasia's Deli, 2101 W. Chicago Ave.
Pierogi (Potato, Sauerkraut, Beef, Cheddar Jalapeno); Polish Sausage Sandwich with Onion or Kraut; Potato Pancakes with Apple Sauce or Sour Cream; Chicken/Sausage kabob with Vegetable Rice
“Taste Of”: Pierogi Potato; Cheese/Strawberry Blintz w/ Chocolate Topping

La Justicia, 3901 W. 26th St.
Enchiladas; Steak Taco with Pico de Gallo; Nachos (Steak or Chicken)
“Taste Of”: Enchilada (1); Chicken Breast Taco

Lagniappe-Creole Cajun Joynt, 1525 W. 79th St.
Catfish Po'Boy; Crawfish Boil; Chicken & Waffles; Beignets
“Taste Of”: Pralines and Cream; Beignets

*Lao Sze Chuan, 2172 S. Archer Ave.
Dry Chili Chicken; Salt & Pepper Pork Rib; Crispy Shrimp in Lemon Sauce; Vegetable Fried Rice
“Taste Of”: Dry Chili Chicken; Spring Roll (vegetarian)

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 805 S. State St.
Cheese Pizza Slice; Sausage Pizza Slice; Malnati Salad (chopped); Bruschetta
“Taste Of”: Malnati Salad (chopped); Bruschetta

*Loving Hut, 5812 N. Broadway
Home Run Ball (Fried Vegetable Textured Protein with Sweet/Spicy Sauce); Drumsticks; Kung Pao with Rice
“Taste Of”: Drumsticks; Tiramisu

Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen, 1141 S. Jefferson St.
Barbequed Turkey Leg; Corned Beef Brisket Sandwich; Potato Pancakes; Apple Pie Square
“Taste Of”: Apple Pie Square; Macaroni and Cheese

The Noodle Vietnamese Cuisine, 2336 S. Wentworth
Bahn Mi (Vietnamese Sandwich) with Beef or Chicken; Breaded Chicken with Butter Rice; Crab Rangoon; Red Bean, Boba Shaved Ice with Milk & Jelly
“Taste Of”: Sesame Beef on a Stick; Crab Rangoon

Oak Street Beach Café, 5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Grilled Slippertail Lobster with Potato; Grilled Shrimp Skewer with Potato; Grilled Bourbon Chicken Wrap with Potato; Nachos with Cheese/Jalapenos
“Taste Of”: Bourbon Chicken; Garlic Potatoes

O'Brien's, 1528 N. Wells St.
Celtic Corn on the Cob; Gourmet Beef Hot Dog (Chicago Style); Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp; French Fries
“Taste Of”: Cherry Dumpling; French Fries

Original Rainbow Cone, 9233 S. Western Ave.
Original Rainbow Cone (Cake Cone); Cookie Dough or Cookies and Cream; Waffle Cone Sundae; Original Rainbow Cone (Waffle Cone)
“Taste Of”: Taster Cup of Rainbow; Dream Cup (Vanilla Yogurt and Orange Sherbert)

*Parrot Cage Restaurant, 7059 S. South Shore Dr.
Turkey Meatloaf “Cupcakes”; Seafood Gumbo; Seafood Salad; Red Velvet Cupcake
“Taste Of”: Red Velvet Cupcake; Seafood Gumbo

Pegasus, 130 S. Halsted
Gyros; Greek Chicken on Pita; Loukaneko (Greek Sausage); Soutzoukia (Greek Meatball)
“Taste Of”: Loukaneko (Greek Sausage); Baklava

Polka Sausage & Deli, 8753 S. Commercial
Polish Sausage Sandwich with Kraut; Bratwurst Sandwich with Kraut; Grilled Chicken Breast with Onions; Pierogis with Sour Cream
“Taste Of”: Bratwurst Sandwich; Pierogi

Polo Café and Catering, 3322 S. Morgan
BBQ Grilled Boneless Pork Chop Slider with Grilled Onions; Baked Salmon Mini Burger; Crab Cake Nuggets (baked); Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Bread
“Taste Of”: Cheesy Homemade Cajun Chips; Garlic Mozzarella Cheese Bread

Reggio’s Pizza, 1339 S. Halsted
Turkey Sausage Pizza on Wheat Crust; Sausage Pizza; Cheese Pizza; Red, White & Blue Italian Ice
“Taste Of”: Cherry Italian Ice; Cheese Pizza

Ricobene’s, 252 W. 26th St.
Italian Breaded Steak; Beef & Sausage Combo; Fresh Cut Fries with Cheese; Boneless Buffalo Chicken Wings
“Taste Of”: Italian Breaded Steak; Breaded Eggplant Sandwich

Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs, 225 S. Canal
BBQ Ribs; Rib Tip; Boneless Rib Sandwich; Chicken Tenders w/ Sweet Potato Fries
“Taste Of”: Chicken Tenders; Sweet Potato Fries

*Ryba’s Fudge Shops, 600 E. Grand
Half Slice of Fudge; Full Slice of Fudge; Caramel Apples; Chocolate Covered Strawberry
“Taste Of”: Two Pieces Fudge Sample; Pecan Turtle

Sabor Latino, 3808 W. North
Steak & Onions with Rice and Pigeon Peas; Puerto Rican Steak Sandwich; Steak Jibarito Sandwich; Banana Dumpling Pork Filled
“Taste Of”: Jibarito; Coconut Ice

*The Smoke Daddy, 1804 W. Division
Pulled Pork; Pulled Chicken; BBQ Chips
“Taste Of”: Pulled Pork; Pulled Chicken

Star of Siam, 11 E. Illinois
Pot Stickers (Chicken and Vegetable); Pad Thai Noodles; Grilled Chicken Satay; Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura
“Taste Of”: Pad Thai Noodles; Pot Stickers (Chicken and Vegetable)

*Starfruit Café, 2142 N. Halsted
Original Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Pomengranate Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Birthday Cake Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings; Strawberry Flavor Frozen Kefir with 2 toppings
“Taste Of”: Pomengranate Frozen Kefir; Original Flavor Frozen Kefir

*Texas de Brazil, 51 E. Ohio
Combo Platter (combo of the following items); Signature Garlic-Marinated Picanha; Brazilian Sausage; Chicken Breast Wrapped in Bacon
“Taste Of”: Quinoa Salad; Brazilian Sausage or Chicken Wrapped in Bacon

Timothy O’Toole’s, 622 N. Fairbanks Ct.
Buffalo Wings with Ranch; Chicken Fingers & Tots; Footlong Corn Dog; Cheezy Tater Tots
“Taste Of”: Buffalo Wings with Ranch; Fresh Carrots, Celery & Ranch

Tuscany, 1014 W. Taylor St.
Italian Beef Sandwich; Italian Sausage Sandwich; Italian Turkey Meatballs; Chicken Parmigiana Sandwich
“Taste Of”: Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Italian Sausage Sandwich

Tutto Italiano, 501 S. Wells St.
Fried Ravioli – Marinara; Steak Burger with Blue Cheese; Grilled Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich; Lemon-Lime Ice
“Taste Of”: Italian Ice; Seasoned Fries

Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant, 6232 N. Broadway
Fried Plantain with Sauteed Goat Meat; Red Beans & Rice with Grilled Jerk Chicken; Jollof Rice with Sauteed Goat Meat; Red Beans & Rice with Fried Plantain
“Taste Of”: Red Beans & Rice with Grilled Jerk Chicken; Jollof Rice with Sauteed Goat Meat

Vermilion, 10 W. Hubbard
Chimichurri Popcorn Shrimp; Grilled Chicken Kabab, Tomatillo Potatoes, Charred Onions; “The Maharaja Sandwich” Pulled Beef, Crisped Onion, Mint Mayo; Ginger Dusted Crisp Apple Fritter, Mango Cardamom Sauce
“Taste Of”: Mango Dusted Fries, Tamarind Chutney; Grilled Chicken Kabab, Tomatillo Potatoes, Charred Onion

Vienna Beef/Gold Coast Dogs, Chicagoland Locations
Hot Dog (Chicago Style or Plain); Maxwell Street Polish Sausage or Plain; Fire Dogs (Mustard or Plain); French Fries
“Taste Of”: Pickle on a Stick; Mini corn dogs



In addition to catering to a variety of palettes, the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park treats music lovers’ ears to a daily, diverse lineup of internationally renowned and local artists from June 24 - July 3, 2011, at the Petrillo Music Shell.

This year, four of the City’s annual lakefront music festivals – Viva! Chicago Latin Music Festival, the Chicago Country Music Festival, Celtic Fest Chicago and the Chicago Gospel Music Festival – will be incorporated into the Taste of Chicago, rather than be planned as stand-alone events.

On each of these specific days – Viva! Chicago Latin Music Day (June 24), Gospel Music Day (June 26), Celtic Music Day (June 29) and Country Music Day (July 1) – patrons can relax in one of the themed dining pavilions throughout the event and enjoy music, culture, cuisine and cooking demonstrations. 

Friday, June 24: Viva! Chicago Latin Music Day 

Los Horoscopos de Durango

Begins at 5 p.m.
Media support provided by Univision Radio.

Saturday, June 25:

Artist TBA

Sunday, June 26: Gospel Music Day

Donald Lawrence 
Reverend Milton Brunson’s Thompson Community Singers
Begins at 3:30 p.m.

Media support provided by Inspiration 1390AM.

Monday, June 27:

Broadway in Chicago, presented by United Airlines
Including Beauty and The Beast, Million Dollar Quartet, West Side Story, Mary Poppins, Memphis, The Addams Family and others. Program is subject to change.

Begins at 6 p.m.

Tuesday, June 28:

The Lemonheads

MaterialReissue (formerly MaterialIssue)
Evan Dando, best known as singer/songwriter/guitarist of The Lemonheads, will be performing an intimate set featuring songs from his solo album and plenty of classic Lemonheads tunes.

Begins at 5 p.m.

Wednesday, June 29: Celtic Music Day

Natalie MacMaster 
Liz Carroll, John Doyle and John Williams 
Begins at 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 30:

Natalie Cole, presented by V103

Begins at 5:30 p.m.

Friday, July 1: Country Music Day

Loretta Lynn

Court Yard Hounds, featuring Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, two sisters from Dixie Chicks
Begins at 5 p.m.
Media support provided by US99.5.

Saturday, July 2:

The Jayhawks

Begins at 3 p.m.

Media support provided by 93XRT.

Sunday, July 3:

Greyson Chance 
Shane Harper

Greyson Chance garnered national attention after posting his performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” on YouTube and following it with an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” 

Shane Harper is a principal dancer in High School Musical 2 and is on the Disney Channel’s sitcom, Good Luck Charlie. 
Begins at 3 p.m. 
Presented by Radio Disney


Taste of Chicago 2011 will showcase an eclectic mix of the local music scene at the Illinois Lottery Taste Stage each day of the festival with admission-free concerts in Grant Park, June 24 - July 3, 2011.

Local music venues and presenters collaborated on the schedule. Their picks are noted in the following Taste Stage schedule:

Friday, June 24: Viva/Latin Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Guitarra Azul
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Jose Valdes & The Mambo Allstars
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Angel d'Cuba – “Old Town School of Folk Music Pick!”
4 – 5 p.m.               Freddy Kenton, Jr. & La Dynastia
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      2012
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Orquesta Bambu

Saturday, June 25: Rock/Pop Day

12 – 1 p.m.            St8 of Grace
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.     Yeah Dude – “Metromix Pick!”
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.     Archie Powell & The Exports
4 – 5 p.m.              Jon Drake & The Shakes
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.     Empires – “Reggie's Rock Club Pick!”
6:40 – 8 p.m.         California Wives – “Lincoln Hall Pick!”

Sunday, June 26: Gospel Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Mahalia Jackson Centennial Salute featuring Queenie Lennox & others
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      The Brown Sisters
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Dr. Abertina Walker Tribute (with special guests)
4 – 5 p.m.               The Nichols Sisters
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Chicago's Next featuring various artists
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Chicago American Gospel Quartet Chapter (featuring various artists)

Monday, June 27: World Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Black Bear Combo (Balkan Brass)
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Megitza Quartet (Polish Highlander)
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Lamajamal (Gypsy Surf)
4 – 5 p.m.               Mar Caribe (Tropical)
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Mas Trueno (International) – “Martyr's Pick!”
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Funkadesi (Latin/African/Indian)

Tuesday, June 28: Singer/Songwriter Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Nina Ferraro
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Briar Rabbit – “Metromix Pick!”
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Karlye Lapetina
4 – 5 p.m.               Jessica Robbins
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Chris Gelbuda
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Jessica Lea Mayfield

Wednesday, June 29: Celtic Music Day / Tim O'Sullivan emcees

12 – 1 p.m.             Celtic Dancing
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Glen Ayre
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Celtic Dancing
4 – 5 p.m.               Kevin Flynn & The Avondale Ramblers
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Baal Tinne
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Bua

Thursday, June 30: Variety Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Steelin' Jazz (calypso)
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Black Slang (jazz) – “Andy's Jazz Club Pick!”
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Shining Star (Tribute to Earth, Wind & Fire)
4 – 5 p.m.               White Mystery (garage rock)
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      KTP Band (Covers/R&B)
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Generationals (rock)

Friday, July 1: Country & Americana Music Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Country Doctors
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      Whitey Morgan and the 78s
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Musikanto
4 – 5 p.m.                Heartsfield
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Anna Fermin's Trigger Gospel
6:40 – 8 p.m.          The Giving Tree Band

Saturday, July 2: Variety Day

12 – 1 p.m.             Chicago Yestet (jazz)
1:20 - 2:20 p.m.      JT & The Clouds (alt rock)
2:40 - 3:40 p.m.      Tommy McCracken (blues)
4 – 5 p.m.               The Congregation (retro soul)
5:20 - 6:20 p.m.      Marrakesh Express (Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Tribute)
6:40 – 8 p.m.          Gold Motel (pop)

Sunday, July 3: Alligator Records 40th Anniversary Party

12 – 2:20 p.m.        Li'l Ed & The Blues Imperials with guest vocalists Lurrie Bell and Eddie Shaw
2:40 – 5 p.m.          Smokin' Joe Kubek and Bnois King with guest vocalists Eddie Shaw and Maurice John Vaughn


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