The Taste of Chicago is a month away and we now have a full entertainment and food lineup. The Taste, which usually takes place in July, was moved back to September this year in order to accommodate the NASCAR Street Race over the Fourth of July weekend. Chicago’s largest food festival will take place September 8-10th this year. And as the festival approaches the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events has finally revealed the music, food, and entertainment lineup. Here’s the breakdown.

The 2023 edition of the Taste of Chicago will feature 15 food trucks and 35 restaurants including favorites like Billy Goat Tavern, Sapori Trattoria, and The Original Rainbow Cone. And on top of that, Eli’s Cheesecake is hosting a birthday celebration on Sept 9th at 12:30pm with all attendees receiving a free slice of their delectable cheesecake. The full list of food vendors can be seen below.

African Food Palace
Arun’s Thai Restaurant
Badou Senegalese Cuisine
Billy Goat Tavern
BJ’s Market & Bakery
Chicago Eats
Chicago’s Doghouse
Churro Factory (Xurro)
Classic Cobbler Baked Goods Company
Connie’s Pizza
Cumin Club Indian Kitchen
Doom Street Eats
Frannie’s Café
Gaby’s Funnel Cakes
Healthy Substance Kitchen
JJ Thai Street Food
Josephine’s Cooking
LC Pho Restaurant
Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
Mr. E Chef Catering
Pies of London
Prime Tacos
Robinson No. 1 Ribs
Sapori Trattoria
Seoul Taco Chicago
Tandoor Char House
The Eli’s Cheesecake Company
The Original Rainbow Cone
The Sole Ingredient Catering
Yum Dum
Yvolina’s Tamales

Now, while the Taste of Chicago is definitely more known for its plethora of food options, there is a full lineup of entertaining music acts for you to enjoy while stuffing your face with a giant bacon wrapped ear of corn. Headline the Taste of Chicago (if you can call it headlining) is the Masters of the Mic: Hip Hop 50 tour, with a quad of legends of Doug E. Fresh, EPMD, KRS-One, and Slick Rick celebrating the 50th anniversary of hip hop music.

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’s music and drink for the adults, food for the family, and kid-friendly activities for those of all ages. In the Lifeway Family Village kids can jump in bounce houses, dance lessons are offered by SummerDance and even a karaoke competition called Chicago sings Karaoke.


The Taste of Chicago is open from 12pm to 8pm the entire weekend and admission is free. Both cash and card are accepted within the festival grounds. For more information, visit the official website of the Taste of Chicago!

Featured Image Credit: Taste of Chicago

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