Taste of Chicago 2024

SEPTEMBER 06-08, 2024


A free community-oriented festival complete with deep-dish pizza, dance lessons, and even a karaoke competition—all in Chicago’s downtown Grant Park.

The best way to celebrate the end of August’s relentless humidity in the Midwest? By pouring onto the streets of Chicago with a hotdog in one hand and a sloshing beer in the other. Known to locals as “The Taste,” this beloved food festival is coming back to Grant Park this year, bringing together roughly a million people for a weekend of local food, dancing and musical performances. Taste of Chicago will take place over Labor Day weekend after some serious local gossip; the festival got kicked from the July 4th weekend by a NASCAR race last year. 

Rows of colorful booths from over 35 local, soon-to-be-announced vendors representing Chicago’s varied culinary scene will be posted up. In the past local favorite restaurants like Lou Malnati’s Italian Beef Deep Dish Za, Real Urban BBQ, Manny’s Corned Beef. Cumin Club Indian Kitchen, The Original Rainbow Cone and Sapori Trattoria have all made appearances. The event is free for all, and many nearby streets shut down. People pour out and around the festival, as a local DJ plays in the background. 

While food is the star, there is entertainment beyond the grub. Chicago SummerDance will give dance lessons, from jazz to hip hop to partner dancing (don’t worry, all levels are welcome). And, for those who like to be secured by a seat belt when they gyrate, there will be carnival rides like a Ferris wheel and a carousel.  A dedicated space for live music performances will have a large screen for clear viewing, too. While the music schedule has yet to be announced at the time of this writing, last year had performances by the likes of Slick Rick, Whitney and Proyecto Uno — as well as a new DJ every day. You can stop by anytime between 12 and 8 p.m. or make it a long park day. Check their website for the best place to bike or park a car. 

The Specs

  • Roughly 1 million people are expected to attend this year.
  • Check out some of the best things to do in Chicago while you’re there. 
  • Admission is free.


What is the closest airport to Taste of Chicago? 

You can fly right into Chicago O’Hare International Airport. 

Who can attend?

Anyone and everyone. Hot dogs and deep-dish enthusiasts are encouraged. 

Where should I stay? 

The festival is close to downtown Chicago, so any and all local hotels and home rentals are a good option. 


BY Logan Davis