36th Annual Taste of Chicago Opens Today in Grant Park

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Chicago, IL – The 36th annual Taste of Chicago opens today in Grant Park, thrilling guests through Sunday, July 10th. This year’s lineup will offer an abundance of amazing performers including The Isley Brothers, Billy Idol, and The Decemberists among others.

Headliners performing at Petrillo Music Shell Stage for the 2016 outdoor food festival are as follows:

Wednesday, July 6

The Roots (Begins 5:30 p.m.)

Thursday, July 7

Kongos (Begins at 5 p.m.)

Friday, July 8

The Decemberists (Begins 5:30 p.m.)

Saturday, July 9

Billy Idol (Begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Sunday, July 10

The Isley Brothers Featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley (begins at 4:30 p.m.)

Meanwhile, the Bud Light Stage schedule breaks down like this:

Emcee  James Zoccoli
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Singer/Songwriter & Country Music

12 Noon-1pm –  Elk Walking

1:20-2:20pm – Daniel Wade
2:40-3:40pm – Lawrence Peters Outfit
4-5pm – Derek Fawcett
5:20-6:20pm – Righteous Hillbillies
6:40-8pm – Heartsfield

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Cornucopia! Music Variety Day

12 Noon-1pm – Chicago Latin Groove: Ladies Singing Salsa (Latin)
1:20-2:20pm – Zverse (Hip Hop)
2:40-3:40pm – ¡ESSO! Afrojam Funkbeat (World)
4-5pm – Rapperchicks (Rap)
5:20-6:20pm – Gilligan Moss (Electronic)
6:40-8pm – Ezra Furman (Punk/Rock)

Friday, July 8, 2016
Rock ‘n Roll Will Never Die

12 Noon-1pm – The Giving Moon
1:20-2:30pm – American Grizzly
2:40-3:40pm – King Mixer
4-5pm – The Ivorys
5:20-6:20pm – The Kickback
6:40-8pm – Fort Frances

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Surf Pop, Synth Pop, Electro Pop and just Pop

12 Noon-1pm – Clear Confusion (pop)
1:20-2:20pm – Isaiah Grass (pop)
2:40-3:40pm – Glass Lux (synth pop)
4-5pm – Impulsive Hearts (surf pop)
4pm – Jesse de la Pena (Funk & Dance Music)
5:20-6:20pm – Celine Neon (electro pop)
6:40-8pm – The Fall Four (pop)

Sunday, July 10, 2016

R&B and Soul

12 Noon-1pm – Krystal Metcalfe
1-5pm – Chicago Made: Steppin’ at the Taste – Featuring Steppin’ dance lessons and performances by Jay “Slique” Adams, Fel Davis, T.L. Williams, Casper (“The Casper Slide”) and DJ Sam Chatman
5:20-6:20pm – Daryn Alexus
6:40-8pm – Nola Ade

In addition to musical performances, other activities include the Lifeway Foods Taste Kitchen Cooking Demonstrations featuring local and national chefs, from 11:30 am through 6:30 pm with FREE admission.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016:
11:30am – Sandra Holl | Floriole Café & Bakery
12:30pm – Gloria D. Hafer | After School Matters
1:30pm – Tony Priolo | Piccolo Sogno
2:30pm – Celebrity Chef du Jour: Graham Elliot with MasterChef Junior Season 4 Winner Addison

3:30pm – Wilbert Jones | The Wilbert Jones Company and author of Images of America: Chicago Blues
4:30pm – Johanna Cook | Momma Cuisine, Inc. and author of From My Pantry To Your Table
5:30pm – Univison Chicago’s Ericka Pino with La Cocina De Alicia Restaurant


Thursday, July 7, 2016:
11:30am – Anastasia LaBorde | The Kids’ Table
12:30pm – Jordan Edwards | Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine
1:30pm – David & Marjorie Carson | 24Life and authors of Mommy’s Meatless Menu Cookbook: 21 Delicious Vegan Recipes and More To Live a Happy and Healthy Life
2:30pm – Celebrity Chef du Jour: Kevin Hickey | The Duck Inn
3:30pm – Giacomo Marinello | Marinello Tartufi
4:30pm – Julius Russell | A Tale of Two Chefs, Inc.
5:30pm – Rain Truth | The Cultured Vegan


Friday, July 8, 2016:
11:30am – Carrie Bradley | The Chopping Block
12:30pm – Stephen Wambach | Formento’s
1:30pm – Seamus Mullen | Tertulia in New York City, author of Hero Food and finalist on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef
2:30pm – Celebrity Chef du Jour: Patrick Sheerin | Trenchermen
3:30pm – Seamus Mullen | Tertulia in New York City, author of Hero Food and finalist on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef
4:30pm – Patrick Russ | Seven Lions
5:30pm – Ying Stoller | Ying’s Kitchen and author of Ying’s Chinese Cookbook, Authentic but Simple


Saturday, July 9, 2016:
11:30am – Seamus Mullen | Tertulia in New York City, author of Hero Food and finalist on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef
12:30pm – Jocelyn Delk Adams | Grandbaby-Cakes.com and author of Grandbaby Cakes: Modern Recipes, Vintage Charm, Soulful Memories
1:30pm – Seamus Mullen | Tertulia in New York City, author of Hero Food and finalist on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef
2:30pm – Celebrity Chef du Jour: Chris Macchia | Nonnina
3:30pm – Laurel Boger | The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
4:30pm – Judson Todd Allen “The Architect of Flavor” | Healthy Infused Cuisine, LLC
5:30pm – Richard Mancini | Chef Most Wanted Private Chef Service


Sunday, July 10, 2016:
11:30am – Rob Hafer | The Gage
12:30pm – Wonderful Jordan | Bronzeville Jerk Shack’s Wonderful Jordan with Food Critic and Entertaining Expert Donna Hodge
1:30pm – Celebrity Chef Du Jour: Abraham Conlon | Fat Rice
2:30pm – Sister Alicia Torres | Our Lady of the Angels Mission and Champion of Food Network’s Chopped
3:30pm – Chris Tong | My Private Chef, Inc.
4:30pm – Andrea Lyons Dillon with Kendall Anthony Dillon | Bon Manger Catering & Events
5:30pm – Meathead Goldwyn | AmazingRibs.com and author of Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grillin

For those desiring a different food experience, there will be 17 Food Trucks this year where guests can sample varying cuisines. Food Truck hours are:  July 6-8: 11 am – 9 pm, July 9 & 10: 10 am – 9 pm. Ticket sales end at 8:30 pm. Food and beverage tickets are sold in strips of 12 tickets for $8.50 (includes $2.50 charge for Taste amenities). “Taste Of” portions priced at $2.50 or less. Food and beverage ticket strips will be available for purchase at the festival. Naturally, there will be “Pop Up” restaurants as well. Check the Complete Daily Schedule to see what’s what each day.

ChicagoMade Marketplace is yet another amazing aspect of the Taste of Chicago, showcasing locally-made, hand-crafted clothing, accessories, jewelry, beauty products, posters, artwork and more from Chicago’s own. Hours are:

Wednesday-Friday: 11 am-9 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am-9 pm


Taste of Chicago – FREE Admission

July 6th – July 10th, 2016

11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday


Celebrity Chef du Jour Tickets

Musical Artist Tickets