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Taste of Chicago 2013

The 33rd Annual Taste of Chicago is July 10-14 in Grant Park.

Taste of Chicago hours are 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wed. – Fri.; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat. and Sunday

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Blurring the line between aerobics and ballet, Mayor Rahm Emanuel was caught dancing solo in the crowd enjoying red-hot Robin Thicke at this year’s Taste of Chicago.

Likely very much unaware of both the nearby camera and the lyrics he was enjoying, halfway through the hit song “Blurred Lines”, Mayor Emanuel flung off his tie & popped his cufflinks without missing a beat.

This year’s shortened five-day Taste of Chicago attracted some 1.5 million visitors.

Watch the full video here on YouTube.

The attendance at this year’s Taste of Chicago beat last year’s by 25 percent.

According to the Chicago Mayor’s Office, an estimated 1.5 million people visited Taste of Chicago, which wrapped up Sunday.

That kind of crowd means a ton of food was consumed over the five-day festival.

To give some perspective on the sheer quantities of food consumed: Abbey Pub sold 25,000 ears of corn while Eli’s Cheesecake handed out 75,000 slices.

Visitors enjoyed 2,280 pounds of wings from Cubby Bear, while The Fudge Pot distributed 26,000 chocolate frozen bananas.

Additional mouth-watering statistics from last week:

- Star of Siam: 100,000 piece of pot stickers

-Tutto Italiano: 57,500 pieces of toasted ravioli

-Billy Goat Tavern: 20,000 cheeseburgers

Last year’s Taste of Chicago lost the city $1.3 million. It is not yet known if this year’s Taste was a profit or lost to the city.

WGN Web Producer Ally Suffrin published this report. 


Sunday is the final day of this year’s “Taste of Chicago.”

Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 9.

That leaves just 11 hours to gorge on local cuisine, while enjoying live music in Grant Park.

Today’s highlights include an Asian cooking tutorial from Chef Ying Stoller, and a performance by country-folk singer Kelly Hogan.

Even after the festival is over, you can expect traffic delays in the area to continue.

Street closures will remain in effect through tomorrow, as crews clean up all the left-over trash.

Celebrity couple Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis were spotted backstage at Robin Thicke’s concert in Chicago.


Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis at Robin Thicke show in Chicago (credit: Andrew Bell)

Thicke was performing as part of Taste of Chicago concert lineup.

Robin Thicke performs mega-hit single Blurred Lines at Taste of Chicago Thursday.

Food and Fun at Day 1 of the Taste of Chicago

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Taste of Chicago kicks off today

Taste of Chicago kicks off today

The Taste of Chicago starts today in Grant Park.

Admission to the Taste is free.

It runs for five days this year, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. this weekend.

Apart from dozens of food booths, there will be live music every day of the festival, plus celebrity chef appearances and cooking lessons.

Organizers warn, don’t try to find parking – take the CTA or Metra.

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Taste of Chicago concert line-up

The City of Chicago officially announced the performers for this year’s Taste of Chicago concerts.  jillscott

Already on the lineup was the group that won song of the year honors at the Grammy awards this year, pop sensations, “Fun” on the opening night of Taste, July 10th.

Once again this year, seating in the Petrillo Music Shell will cost $25, but lawn seats are still free.

For the first time, food trucks will pull up to Petrillo for close-up, extra food options.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale May 15th.

The complete line-up includes:

Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.

Delta Spirit


Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.


Robin Thicke

Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m. -
presented by 93XRT

The Lone Below

Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters

Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m. -
presented by Radio Disney AM 1300

Chloe and Hallie


Saturday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.

Maxi Priest

Jill Scott

Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.- presented by Bud Light

The Mowgli’s

Neon Trees


The taste of Chicago is later this week, and preparations are underway.

The city has started blocking off streets downtown where the five-day event will be held.

The streets around Grant Park are closed — that’s Columbus Drive, from Monroe to Roosevelt; Jackson, from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive; and Congress Parkway, from Michigan to Columbus.

This year’s Taste runs from Wednesday through Sunday.