Tips on How to Survive the Taste of Chicago
A sure sign that summer has hit Chicago is the annual Taste of Chicago. Whether you live here in Chicago or another city, everyone knows about the “Taste”, as we affectionately call it. It’s the time when millions of people converge on Grant Park for a chance to sample some of Chicago’s best cuisines. It’s also a time to come out and listen to some of the biggest music acts in the business. As the years have gone by the Taste has changed a great deal, while I can’t lie and say I don’t miss the old days, I understand that things do change. This year the Taste will be held from July 9-13, along with good food, artists such as Janelle Monáe, AWOLNATION and more will be preforming under the Petrillo Music Shell. With so much going on, here are AWIP’s tips for surviving the Taste of Chicago.
- Weather: It gets pretty humid in Chicago, there is nothing worse than crowds and extremely humid weather. To combat the hot temperatures wear bright, lightweight fabrics and super comfortable shoes. If you plan on spending more than a couple of hours at the Taste, I suggest bringing a cooler full of ice and cold beverages. This will help you from spending a small fortune on drinks. I’ve literally spent more money on drinks trying to stay cool than food.
- Crowds: If you aren’t one for crowds, I suggest attending the Taste early in the day, in fact I suggest going when the Taste first opens. Not only will this ensure fresh food, but you will be able to move around more freely. The later in the day the more people that will be in attendance.
- Portion Size: If you are anything like me than you want to try as much as possible, I suggest getting the smaller portions so that your tickets will go a lot further. Then once you decide on your favorites, you can the splurge on your favorite foods.
- Transportation: Take the train down to Grant Park, it will save you a ton on parking and time.
- Tickets: Purchase your food tickets in advance. Believe me, you don’t want to stand in those long lines trying to get tickets, purchase them in advance.
Lastly, don’t forget to bring your sanitizer, I’m just obsessive like that so make sure you have something to properly clean your hands. Also, I suggest getting toilet seat covers if you plan on staying a while, I like to wear short dresses in case I need to use the port to potty. I’m just weird like that. So now you have the run of the mill, remember to plan your trip and pace yourself. This festival is all about eating good food while enjoying time with the people you love.
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Chicago, IL 60602
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