Chicago Food Events for the Weekend and Beyond
Friday (July 27)
Fiesta del Sol
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
As far as Chicago neighborhoods worth visiting for the food, Pilsen is one of the best. Enjoy Mexican specialties from Pilsen restaurants at this festival, which calls itself "The Largest Latino Festival in the Midwest." Music, art, and community organizations are also showcased. Free. 1400 W. Cermak Road.; event website
Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Less than twenty miles south of downtown Chicago, Whiting, Indiana is the home of the annual Pierogi Fest. Drawing close to 200,000 visitors, this celebration of Eastern European heritage features a pierogi toss, Mr. and Miss Pierogi competition, live music, and, of course, plenty of pierogis to eat. Free. 119th Street and Indianapolis Blvd, Whiting; event website
Saturday (July 28)
Preview Belly Q
Noon to 2 p.m.
If you missed the preview at Taste of Randolph Street, you can snag free samples from Belly Q at Foodease this Saturday. Bill Kim and Yvonne Cadiz-Kim will be at Water Tower for a cooking demo, and their line of sauces will also be on sale. Free. 835 N. Michigan Avenue; event website
Taste of Lincoln Avenue
Saturday and Sunday, Noon to 10:00 p.m.
One of the largest neighborhood street festivals, Taste of Lincoln Avenue returns for its twenty-ninth year. Sure, there will be five music stages, a craft festival, and a kids' carnival; as the name suggests, however, there will also be plenty of neighborhood and festival food on hand. $10 suggested donation. N. Lincoln Avenue between Fullerton and Wrightwood; event website