CHICAGO — Thousands will not be at the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park this year due to the pandemic, but the event is going on virtually.
Taste of Chicago To Go will feature free public programming and a series of “Community Eats” meals for first responders.
The program encourages Taste of Chicago eateries to host a free, community meal from July 8 to July 12 for first responders and community organizations.
“Most of these meals will take place in our West and Southwest neighborhoods,” Mayor Lightfoot said Wednesday. “Restaurants participating will drop off food or serve directly with food trucks at the community organizations.”
Following 2019’s debut of nine meals, the program this year has increased to 21 meals for a variety of community partners.
The city has at least one online cooking tutorial planned for each day of the Taste.
From July 8 through July 12, online cooking demonstrations will stream daily at Noon at YouTube.com/ChicagoDCASE. They will feature popular local chefs Carlos Gaytan of Tzuco, Maya-Camille Broussard of Justice of the Pies, Jessica Romanowski of Care Kitchen Chicago, Darnell Reed of Luella’s Southern Kitchen and Sarah Grueneberg of Monteverde.
“We are the culinary capitol of the United States because of all the hard work and creativity of our restaurant class,” Mayor Lightfoot said.
Other summer virtual events are planned this year like Millennium Park’s annual music series.