Taste of Chicago Starts Today
More than any other year, it's hard to exactly know what to expect from Taste of Chicago, our city's largest food festival. What was once an outright free-for-all, featuring immense crowds and more than a few turkey legs, has this year been scaled back. It'll only run for five days, and the number of vendors has shrunk from 58 to 37. Even those turkey legs, which stood as sort of the unofficial symbol of the festival, are gone. But all is not lost. Though you'll now have to pay to attend the concerts, access to the food vendors is still free, and there are 15 pop-up restaurants, three of which will set up shop each day.
We're going to have a full report of the festival tomorrow, along with our picks for the best dishes. But take a look at the restaurants and pop-up restaurants you can expect, along with a handy map to find your way around.