Taste of Chicago, the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community is currently taking over Grant Park (July 5–9). General admission is FREE, which means you will have access to Chicago’s best food, music, arts, and exciting events throughout the day. Whether this is your first time visiting the Taste of Chicago or not, you should at least know a few restaurants, food trucks, and artists that are performing this year.

A new year calls for new vendors. Here are a list of new restaurants and food trucks that are participating in this year’s Taste of Chicago 2017:

5-Day Restaurants:

Ben’s Bar Be Cue, Cheesie’s Pub and Grub, Lawrence’s Fish & Shrimp, Ukai Japanese Restaurant.

Pop-Up Restaurants:

Brightwork Kitchen, Burger Bar Chicago, Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls, Just Salad, Little Beet Table, Seoul Taco, Warm Belly Bakery.

Food Trucks:

American Glory, Aztec Dave’s Food Truck, Bop Bar Truck, El Patron, Mike’s Revenge, The Cajun Connoisseur.

One of the most memorable experiences at the Taste of Chicago is to enjoy a signature dining experience by some of Chicago’s finest chefs and restaurateurs. Here is the lineup:

Thursday, July 6 (6:30pm): Chef Chico Vilchez + music by DJ-X ($45)

Friday, July 7 (6:30pm): Chef Oliver Poilevey tribute to Jean-Claude Poilevey ($45)

Saturday, July 8 (11:30am): American Girl Cafe Brunch ($30)

Sunday, July 9 (5:00pm): Chefs Beverly Kim & Johnny Clark ($45)

Don’t miss this incredible 5-day event filled with delicious array of food, good music, arts and fun activities. Grab your friends and family with you and don’t forget to come with a hungry stomach because you won’t want to miss all of the incredible food Chicago has to offer. See you all there!

Happy waiting,

NextME Team

Ps: NextME’s digital waitlist helps restaurants manage their line of customers using SMS Text, replacing the germ infested pagers.

Are you h-angry that your favorite restaurants aren’t using NextME? We’ve put together a nice referral program so make sure to request NextME at your favorite restaurants and we’ll compensate you $50 once they sign up!

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