Taste of Chicago To-go 2020
When: July 8-12, 2020
Where: Virtual events and Neighborhood restaurants
While the festival will not take place in Grant Park this year due to COVID-19, this years Taste will have virtual events and local neighborhood restaurants will be participating with to-go food options.
- An expanded Taste of Chicago “Community Eats” program will support 25 neighborhood restaurants and food trucks while providing free meals to nonprofit organizations serving healthcare and other frontline workers.
- Online cooking demonstrations with local chefs
- A Food Truck Procession from downtown to various locations
All events are virtual. There are restaurants throughout the city offering to-go meals Dining Guide
Schedule of events
Wednesday, July 8
Thursday, July 9
Friday, July 10
Saturday, July 11
Sunday, July 12
Regular tips DOES NOT APPLY 2020! (Saving for next year)
When to go Mid-week when it opens or between 3PM-6PM. Try to sneak out of the office early or take a late lunch. Ticket tips: Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 14 tickets for $10 (includes $3 charge for Taste amenities). If you’re planning to go on the weekend, when it’s crowded, the line to buy tickets can be very long. If you work in the area try to run over and buy tickets during off times (mid-day). Ticket sales end at 8:30 pm each night. In order to use up your tickets, as you walk through you may want to take a picture of the prices of things you’re thinking about trying then you can go back later. Smaller “Taste of Portions” are available at each food vendor and are between 1-6 tickets. Use these to get rid of remaining tickets. Purchase tickets in advance – read all Terms and conditions before purchasing Buy your food and beverage tickets for the Taste of Chicago in advance. Tickets are sold in strips of 14 for $10 (2 strip minimum for online purchase) and will be available for pick up on site. You will be notified where to pick up pre-purchased food & beverage tickets prior to the start of the festival. What to bring Blanket or compact folding chair, sunscreen, bottled water. coolers with water and soft drinks (no glass containers). Moist towelettes, hand sanitizer, extra napkins, and extra disposable silverware. Umbrella or a rain coat with hood. You cannot set up a folding chair on the street. You will have to go into the grass areas of the park.
What not to bring Alcoholic beverages of any kind. Glass containers. Backpacks, coolers, etc. are subject to search. They search backpacks, coolers etc. Develop a plan of attack Review all the restaurants ahead of time and decide where you want to go. You can pick up a map when you buy tickets and take a look. I skip all the usual suspects that I can eat anytime (or don’t care to eat at all) like wings, pizza, hot dogs, and restaurants I can eat at anytime. I hit the good restaurants that are located in areas of the city that I rarely or never venture in to. Restaurants here 2018 Booze prices 2018 $10 Ziplining So I saw this yesterday when I was walking through. It’s probably three stories high. I was told that the cost is either $14 or 14 tickets which cost $10. Check with the ticket agents. It’s located near the Illinois Lottery Booth at Van Buren. SummerDance SummerDance is located tot he east of Buckingham Fountain. Mister The Chicago Fire Department had a mister set up on the northwest corner of Columbus and Jackson. Where are the restrooms? There are two sets of restrooms. One each on the northwest and southwest sides of Buckingham Fountain. Don’t spread the word, if they become overwhelmed the Park District will close them.
Goose Island Stage: south end of the Taste at Columbus and Balbo. Set up your chair or blanket. FREE Petrillo Music Shell, Reserved seats start at $19-50 each. The lawn is FREE. SummerDance (scroll down) July 11-15 at Buckingham Fountain Taste Oasis $50 The Taste Oasis is an air conditioned lounge in Butler Field offering tasty bites, cold water, a private cash bar, executive washrooms, music and more. This replaces the Celebrity Chef du Jour events. Day passes for this exclusive area are $50. Taste Oasis will be open before and after the Petrillo Music Shell concerts. You will not be able to see the concerts. Food samples will be served Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 3 to 6pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 5pm. Children 2 years and under will be admitted at no charge; one child per adult.