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The Taste of Chicago

The History Behind the Magic

In 1980, Mayor Jane Byrne and Arnie Morton worked together to create a food festival featuring local restaurant owners. Likewise, the one-day festival began with a $150,000 budget and the belief that it could draw 75,000 attendees. The Chicago River, Wrigley Building, and Tribune Tower all surround the area where the celebration took place over a three block radius. Thus, 250,000 people in attendance, and $330,000 made in sales, making this 4th of July celebration a big success.

The Transformation of the Event

In 1981, Grant Park’s location is a perfect position for the growth of the event. The Taste of Chicago is now over a 10 block radius. The festival is also now a 10 day event. In 2005, however, it was cut down to 4 days. The festival still created 12.3 million in revenue with a total of 3.5 million people in attendance.

The Taste of Chicago is BACK!

In 2020 when Covid-19 was at it’s peak, the Taste of Chicago was cancelled for public safety. Because of this, it was transformed into a To-Go version of the festival. The Taste of Chicago To-Go included online vendors, food trucks, “How To” videos, and donated meals to first responders. With 2022’s festival happening this week (July 8th – 25th), the city looks forward to participating in old traditions. Gaining new experiences and new cravings the city counts down to the first Taste of Chicago in two years.

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