This year's Taste of Chicago food lineup stays the course when compared with last year, as the city's lured 20 new restaurants the festival (compared to 19 in 2015) which will take place from July 6 through July 10 at Grant Park. That gives the Taste a total of 69 restaurants, which include 17 pop-ups, the most ever at the festival, according to a news release.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and other city officials made the line-up announcement this morning at MAD Social in the West Loop.
This year's Celebrity Chef du Jour, the program offering sit-down meals, will include Graham Elliot (July 6), The Duck Inn's Kevin Hickey (July 7), Trenchermen's Patrick Sheerin (July 8), Chris Macchia (Nonnina) and Fat Rice's Abe Conlon (July 10). The $45 tickets go on sale 10 a.m. on Friday.
Check out the Taste's full lineup below.
Five-day restaurants (*New for 2016)
*Abundance Bakery, 105 E. 47th St.
Beat Kitchen, 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
Billy Goat Tavern & Grill, 1535 W. Madison St.
BJ's Market & Bakery, 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
Bobak Sausage Company, 4550 W. Jackson Blvd.
Caffe Gelato, 2034 W. Division St.
Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, 300 W. 26th St.
Chicago's Dog House, 816 W. Fullerton Ave.
Churro Factory, 2214 S. Wolcott Ave.
Connie's Pizza, 2373 S. Archer Ave.
Dia De Los Tamales, 939 W. 18th St.
Dinky Donuts, Inc., Located at Markets Throughout Chicago
The Eli's Cheesecake Co., 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Farmer's Fridge, 108 N. Lake St.
Franco's Ristorante, 300 W. 31st St.
*Frannie's Café Inc., 623 S. Wabash Ave.
The Fudge Pot, 1532 N. Wells St.
Gold Coast Dogs, 225 S. Canal St.
Iyanze, 4623 N. Broadway
Kasia's Deli, 2101 W. Chicago Ave.
La Bomba Restaurant, 3221 W. Armitage Ave.
La Mexicana, 4171 S. Archer Ave.
Lou Malnati's Pizzeria, 805 S. State St.
Miller's Pub, 134 S. Wabash Ave.
Oak Street Beach Café, 5700 S. Cicero Ave.
O'Briens Restaurant & Bar, 1528 N. Wells St.
Porkchop 941 W. Randolph St.
Punky's Pizza & Pasta, 2600 S. Wallace St.
Ricobene's on 26th Street, 252 W. 26th St.
Robinson's No. 1 Ribs, 225 S. Canal St.
Star of Siam, 11 E. Illinois St.
*Texas de Brazil, 210 E. Illinois St.
Tuscany, 1014 W. Taylor St.
Vee-Vee's African Restaurant, 6232 N. Broadway
*Arami, 1829 W. Chicago Ave.
*BRGRBELLY, 5691 N. Milwaukee Ave.
*Demera Ethiopian Restaurant, 4801 N. Broadway
*Doom Street Eats, Located at Markets throughout Chicago
Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize, 2518 W. 63rd St.
*Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken, 847 W. Fulton Market
Jin Ju Restaurant, 5203 N. Clark St.
*MAD Social, 1140 W. Madison St.
*nana, 3267 S. Halsted St.
Beavers Coffee + Donuts Bruges Brothers Chicago Lunchbox
The Fat Shallot
Gino's Steaks Truck
*The Happy Lobster Truck Harold's Chicken
Jack's Fork in the Road La Cocinita
The Lifeway Kefir Shop Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes
Pop-up restaurants (*New for 2016)
*Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread & Wine, 5212 N. Clark St.
*Pork & Mindy's, 1623 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Puffs of Doom, Located at Markets throughout Chicago
Riva, 700 E. Grand Ave., Navy Pier
*Rojo Gusano, 3830 W. Lawrence Ave.
Stan's Donuts & Coffee, 2800 N. Clark St.
*Taco in a Bag, 4603 N. Lincoln Ave.
Yum Dum, Located throughout Chicago
Giordano's, Located throughout Chicago