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Taste of Chicago Unveils 73 Food Vendors for 2018 Summer Festival

This year’s event goes from July 11 through July 15

Sandwich king Jeff Mauro and Mayor Rahm Emanuel talk Taste of Chicago.
Ashok Selvam

The sunshine’s beaming down on Chicago and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is cracking a smile for the annual Taste of Chicago food vendor unveil. The 2018 edition will feature 73 food vendors, including 26 new ones. This is the festival’s 38th year and it will take place from July 11 through July 15 at Grant Park. Last year’s event featured 67 vendors.

Some of the bigger newbies this year include James Beard Award winner Sun Wah BBQ, Albany Park pioneer Arun’s Thai, and the return of the Original Rainbow Cone. Emanuel and Pork & Mindy’s founder Jeff Mauro hosted the unveil on Wednesday afternoon at the Chicago Cultural Center. The mayor talked about how the city has reinvented the event. He also talked about how the festival gives exposure to lesser-known restaurants away from Chicago’s downtown. That’s benefitted the Taste by giving fest-goers more options.

“I really do hope it helps the neighborhood restaurants [as well],” Emanuel said.

Top Chef winner Joe Flamm (Spiaggia) will also do a demonstration on July 13. For more information and tickets for selected events go to the event’s website. Meanwhile, check out the full lineup below. An asterisk (*) denotes a new addition.


38 Five-Day Restaurants

22 Pop-Up Restaurants

13 Food Trucks

  • American Glory
  • Auntie Vee's
  • Aztec Dave's Food Truck
  • Beavers Coffe + Donuts
  • *CheSa’s Gluten Free Food Truck
  • Da Lobsta
  • Giordano's
  • Harold's Chicken
  • La Cocinita Food Truck
  • *Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp
  • *Sausagefest
  • The Fat Shallot
  • The Lifeway Kefir Shop

Seafood City

5033 N Elston Ave, Chicago, IL 60630

The Fat Shallot

125 S Clark St, Chicago, IL 60603 (773) 893-0826 Visit Website

Tuscany

1014 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 829-1990 Visit Website

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria

1050 East Higgins Road, , IL 60007 (847) 439-2000 Visit Website

nana

752 West 33rd Street, , IL 60616 (312) 929-2486 Visit Website

Ricobene's

252 West 26th Street, , IL 60616 (312) 225-5555 Visit Website

Franco's Ristorante

300 West 31st Street, , IL 60616 (312) 225-9566 Visit Website

Hakka Bakka

1251 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (872) 802-3968 Visit Website

Robinson's No. 1 Ribs

655 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614 (312) 337-1399 Visit Website

Porkchop

555 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

Chiya Chai

66 East Wacker Drive, , IL 60601 Visit Website

Giordano's

2700 Hennepin Avenue South, , MN 55408 (612) 444-3143 Visit Website

Da Lobsta

416 North Clark Street, , IL 60654 (312) 955-0894 Visit Website

Dia De Los Tamales

939 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608 (312) 496-3057 Visit Website

Broken English Taco Pub

75 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601

La Cocinita

1625 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201 (773) 234-6676 Visit Website

Caffe Gelato

2034 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 227-7333 Visit Website

Sun Wah BBQ

5039 North Broadway, , IL 60640 (773) 769-1254 Visit Website

Warm Belly Bakery

1148 West Monroe Street, , IL 60607 (312) 265-0780 Visit Website

Spiaggia

980 North Michigan Avenue, , IL 60611 (312) 280-2750 Visit Website

Rainbow Cone

9233 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643 (773) 238-7075 Visit Website

Billy Goat Tavern & Grill

60 E Lake St, Chicago, IL 60601

Output

1758 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60622 (312) 929-2515 Visit Website

Just Salad

135 S LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60603

Mad Social

1140 West Madison Street, , IL 60607 (312) 243-2097 Visit Website

Pork & Mindy's

1623 North Milwaukee Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 799-8759 Visit Website

Miller's Pub

134 South Wabash Avenue, , IL 60603 (312) 263-4988 Visit Website

Grant Park

337 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601 (312) 742-3918 Visit Website

Blackwood BBQ

307 W Lake St, Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 621-9663 Visit Website

Seoul Taco

738 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654 Visit Website

Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill

300 W 26th St, Chicago, IL 60616 (312) 225-3200 Visit Website

La Bomba

3221 West Armitage Avenue, , IL 60647 (773) 394-0106 Visit Website

Connie's Pizza

2373 South Archer Avenue, , IL 60616 (312) 326-3443 Visit Website

Chicago's Dog House

816 West Fullerton Avenue, , IL 60614 (773) 248-3647 Visit Website

Wood

3335 North Halsted Street, , IL 60657 (773) 935-9663 Visit Website

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