Taste of Chicago Begins Today
We spent a good deal of the winter discussing every detail about Taste of Chicago — except the food. Former Mayor Daley tried valiantly to privatize the festival, but balked after each one wanted to charge an entrance fee. Instead, the festival was passed off to the Chicago Park District, and the budget was slashed. Thanks to the huge crowds and generally lackluster food offerings, food writers and critics already didn't love the festival, and the changes shouldn't help matters much. Still, Taste of Chicago is the "world's largest food festival," and there are definitely a few places you should check out. Take a look at our quick guide before you make the trek.
- Iyanze, Jerk Chicken
- Lao Sze Chuan, Dry Chili Chicken
- Manny's Cafeteria and Delicatessen, Apple Pie Square
- Vee-Vee’s African Restaurant, Jollof Rice with Sauteed Goat Meat
We'll be checking back in next week to see how it all goes, but let us know what you think of Taste of Chicago 2011.