Eight Taste of Chicago restaurants and food trucks to serve up a festival preview on Wednesday, June 25 at Daley Plaza


The Taste of Chicago is July 9-13 in Grant Park. Enjoy a “taste” of Chicago’s favorite food and music festival at a special Taste of Chicago Preview event on Wednesday, June 25 at Daley Plaza (50 W. Washington) from 11am to 2pm featuring eight Taste of Chicago restaurants and food trucks – plus two In the Kitchen with Mariano’s chefs.

The new and long-time favorite Taste food vendors previewing their tasty 34th Annual Taste of Chicago menu items include:

  • Bridgeport Pasty – NEW Food Truck
  • Chicago’s Dog House – NEW Restaurant
  • Connie’s Pizza
  • Lawrence’s Fisheries – NEW Restaurant
  • Mamma Mia – NEW Pop-Up
  • Mariano’s – NEW Restaurant
  • Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs
  • The Smoke Daddy

Mariano’s, a new Taste partner and vendor will also bring their culinary expertise to the popular cooking demonstration area, In the Kitchen with Mariano’s, at the Taste of Chicago. At the Preview on Daley Plaza, two of Chicago’s leading chefs will give a cooking demonstration at noon. Both chefs will be featured at In the Kitchen with Mariano’s at Taste.

Music selections from the Taste of Chicago Petrillo concerts will be played throughout event. The concert lineup previously announced is as follows: AWOLNATION and Saints of Valory on July 9; Janelle Monáe and Gary Clark Jr. on July 10; Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris and Parker Millsap on July 11; Jeff Tweedy and Lucinda Williams on July 12; and Aloe Blacc and The Wailers on July 13. Tickets for the seating pavilion at Taste concerts can be purchased at tasteofchicago.us and start at $18. During the preview, attendees will have a chance to win a pair of concert tickets to one of the five shows via the Taste of Chicago Facebook page and on Twitter, @TasteofChi2014.

Elysabeth Alfano, Host of Fear No Art’s The Dinner Party, will serve as the “emcee” for the Preview. The Dinner Party will be at the Taste of Chicago on July 10 at the Pure Leaf Celebrity Chef du Jour dining pavilion with Chef Andrew Zimmerman of Sepia and celebrity guests, actor George Wendt and Ji Suk-Yi of Windy City Live.

Taste of Chicago is presented by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and sponsored in part by Aquafina, Blue Bunny® Ice Cream, Bud Light, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago Tribune, Communications Direct, CLTV-Chicagoland’s Television, Eli’s Cheesecake Company, Fleet Feet Sports, Gallo Family Vineyards, Genworth North America Corporation, Humana, Hyundai, Illinois Lottery, LaGrou Distribution System, Net 10 Wireless, Pure Leaf, Mariano’s, Martin’s Famous Pastry Shoppe, Olive Oils from Spain, Pepsi, Radio Disney AM 1300, Shoreline Sightseeing, Southwest Airlines, V103, WGN-Television, WTTW 11’s Check, Please, 93XRT, 101 WKQX, and 103.5 KISS FM.

The 34th Annual Taste of Chicago is July 9-13 in Grant Park. For more information on the FREE admission festival, visit tasteofchicago.us, Join the conversation on Facebook at Taste of Chicago and follow us on Twitter (#TasteofChi).