“Taste Of Chicago Music Lineup Includes Whitney, Slick Rick And More,” Block Club Chicago

DOWNTOWN  Chicago’s iconic food festival is returning to Grant Park a few months later than usual, with a new set of artists and plenty of returning favorites. 

The Taste of Chicago gets underway Sept. 8-10. The festival usually happens in July but was pushed back this year due to the NASCAR Street Race

Fifteen food trucks and over 35 restaurants and vendors will be at the Taste, including Cumin Club Indian Kitchen, Sapori Trattoria, Arun’s Thai Restaurant, The Original Rainbow Cone, Healthy Substance Kitchen, LC Pho Restaurant and Yum Dum. 

Organizers have added festival entrances and “streamlined the guest entrance process,” according to a press release from the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

There’s no admission fee, and all vendors accept cash or credit.

Headliners taking the main stage are: Master’s of The Mic, Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One, Slick Rick, Proyecto Uno, Whitney and Lupita Infante, supported by Chicago’s all-female mariachi group Mariachi Sirenas.

Here’s the Taste Main Stage schedule:

Friday, Sept. 8

  • 5 p.m. Slique Jay Adams and Mamii
  • 6 p.m. Meagan McNeal
  • 7 p.m. Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50 featuring Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One and Slick Rick

Saturday, Sept. 9

  • 5 p.m. ÉSSO
  • 6 p.m. Lupita Infante with Mariachi Sirenas
  • 7 p.m. Proyecto Uno

Sunday, Sept. 10

  • 5 p.m. Nola Adé and Cloud Farmers
  • 6 p.m. White Mystery
  • 7:15 p.m. Whitney

There will be two other stages at the Taste. The schedule for the Chicago SummerDance Stage is here. The Goose Island Stage lineup will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to food and music, visitors can partake in dance classes, karaoke competitions, cocktail lounges and a wine garden. 

The Taste began in 1980 and has remained a Chicago tradition despite being held as a “Taste of Chicago To Go” event during the pandemic.

The fest will run from noon-8 p.m. Sept. 8-10. For more information, click here

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