Pitchfork Music Festival 2015 in Chicago at Union Park

The Pitchfork Music Festival is a three-day event “showcasing over 40 of independent music’s best bands and artists on three stages.” Everyone loves this summer music festival in Chicago at Union Park!

FEST: Pitchfork Music Festival

WHEN: July 14-16

WHERE: Union Park

SCENE: After dedicating a dozen years to promoting emerging artists, Pitchfork is THE place to witness the birth of a band. More than 40 acts perform over the three-day fest, with established acts like LCD Soundsystem and Solange anchoring a slew of talented up-and-comers.

 

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The Newberry Library Book Fair and Sale in Chicago 2017

The Newberry Book Fair

The 2017 Newberry Book Fair will take place July 27 – 30. The Book Fair will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday from noon to 8 pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Newberry Book Fair, Chicago’s favorite used book binge, is held the last weekend of July each year. Browse through 120,000+ books in 70 categories, many of which are priced at $3 or under. Scour the sale for amazing deals on cookbooks, fiction, art books, children’s literature, collectibles, movies, records, and much, much more. Admission is free and all proceeds support the Newberry!

Everything for sale at the Book Fair is generously donated throughout the year. Please read our Book Fair donation guide for more information.

The Newberry Book Fair is a continued success due in large part to our wonderful volunteers.

Learn more about volunteering at the Book Fair.

The Newberry Library in Chicago

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Freedom Fest at Navy Pier 2017 in Chicago

Lake Michigan

Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier
Tickets from $39 · 600 E. Grand Ave.

The 4th Annual Freedom Fest is a July 4th event like no other. You are going to celebrate this national holiday on the Navy Pier’s 27,000 square foot rooftop all night long. This event is good for all ages so make sure you bring along the family to really enjoy the night! Enjoy amazing views of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and all of Chicago’s best sights from the Navy Pier’s rooftop. This event is going to feature delicious BBQ food items to satisfy your July 4th cravings. As you view Chicago with your loved ones, you are going to enjoy this year’s top hits provided by your live DJ. Dance and celebrate all night long to your live DJ as you celebrate the most memorable Chicago July 4th night.

 

 

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4th of July at the Wrigley Building in Magnificent Chicago

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Celebrate the 4th of July 2017 with Fireworks and a Cruise in Chicago

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Get Ready for Plenty of Fireworks in and around Chicago this week. There are festivals everywhere!

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Benjamin Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson writing the Declaration of independence (1776) were all of British descent. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: fireworks seen across the at Washington, D.C., USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Independence Day in the United States  is celebrated on “The Fourth of July” because on this day we celebrate the Declaration of Independence. This is the day we declared our independence from Great Brittian.

The legendary document was signed by important members of Congress including: Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson later served as Presidents of the United States, and coincidentally died on the same day. James Monroe, the Fifth President of the United States, also died on July 4, 1831.

Check out the interesting cruises:

ODYSSEY CRUISES

Tuesday, July 4 (Board 6:30 pm, Cruise 7:30-10:30 pm)
Tickets from $189.90

Witness the spectacular Navy Pier fireworks display aboard Chicago’s Odyssey for an upscale dinner cruise complete with dinner, platinum open bar, DJ entertainment and dancing. For a daytime option, there is also an Independence Day Skyline Lunch Cruise, in addition Dinner Cruises.

 

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING CRUISES

Tuesday, July 4 (Board 8:20 pm, Cruise 8:35 pm)
Tickets at $69

Shoreline Sightseeing July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruises depart from two Shoreline dock locations: Michigan Avenue Bridge or Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier*. Cruises begin with a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. Then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Cash bar.

 

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING ARCHITECTURE CRUISES

Tuesday, July 4 (Board 8:00 pm, Cruise 8:15 pm)
Tickets at $69

Shoreline Sightseeing July 4th 90-minute Architecture Fireworks Cruises depart from two Shoreline dock locations: Michigan Avenue Bridge or Polk Bros Park at Navy Pier*. Cruises begin with a dramatic, guided Architecture Tour on the Chicago River. Then return to our docking area to enjoy fantastic views of the July 4th Navy Pier Fireworks. Cash bar.

 

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO CRUISES

Tuesday, July 4 (Board 7:00 pm, Cruise 7:30-10:30 pm)
Tickets from $149.90

Treat yourself to a front-row seat to one of the best fireworks displays in town! Step aboard the Spirit of Chicago for a festive buffet, a platinum open bar and DJ entertainment while you take in the spectacular city skyline and a top-notch pyrotechnics display provided by Chicago’s Navy Pier. For a daytime option, there will be a lunch cruise, which boards at 12 p.m. and runs 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

 

WENDELLA BOATS

Tuesday, July 4 (Depart at 7:00 pm, 7:15 pm, 7:30 pm, 8:00 pm, 8:15 pm)
Tickets from $34-$45

With two docks right on The Magnificent Mile, cruise out to Lake Michigan with Wendella for the festivities. Take in the sights both north and south along the city’s spectacular lit up skyline. A briefly narrated tour is part of the ride, and your ship is stocked with a full-service bar and snacks like chips and candy. This is a unique Chicago experience for a date night, a fun outing with friends, or an exciting night with the family.

 

MERCURY CRUISES

Celebrate America with your family, friends or that special someone aboard Mercury Cruises’ annual July 4th Lakefront Cruise featuring a traditional Chicago-style fireworks display — with a twist! Each guest will receive complimentary 3D glasses and a delicious treat box from Corner Bakery to enjoy the fireworks show. Millions of lights along the skyline will twinkle as you cruise along the downtown lakefront. The highlight of this great fun-for-all-ages cruise is the thrilling 9:30 pm fireworks show. A cash bar is available onboard, featuring soft drinks, cocktails, wines and beers.

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July

English: Fireworks on the Fourth of July (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Celebrate the birthday of the United States at the Jay Pritzker Pavillion on Wednesday July 4th. Listen to Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, and others who have created music that celebrates America’s spirit.

If you’re not up for a cruise there are plenty of interesting events:

Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian

Chicago Navy Pier from the Lake Guardian (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Navy Pier July 4th Fireworks

Watch the fireworks at Navy Pier on the 4th of July.

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Patriotic Wrigley Building in Chicago

Steve Miller Band Live!

Steve Miller Band Live! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Naperville Ribfest  Knoch Park, 724 S West St, Naperville (ribfest.net). Independence Day  fireworks explode overhead on Jul 3.

Joe Walsh

Cover of Joe Walsh

Taste of Lombard Tue 3, 5–11pm; Wed 4, noon–11pm; Thu 5, Fri 6, 5–11pm; Sat 7, noon–11pm. Madison Meadows Park, 600 E Madison St, Lombard (tasteoflombard.com).  Fireworks blast off on Jul 4 around 9:30pm.

Glen Ellyn’s Fourth of July Fireworks Wed 4 at 1pm. Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn (630-858-2462, glenellyn4thofjuly.org). 1–4pm $3 wristband for activities, all other events free. Celebrate Independence Day with a parade, carnival games and fireworks at dusk.

FREE Itasca’s Fantastic Fireworks Wed 4, 4–11pm. Hamilton Lakes Office Campus, Park Blvd at Thorndale Ave, Itasca (630-773-0835). Live music starts around 6pm, and fireworks begin shooting around 9:30pm.

How About Now

How About Now (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks Wed 4, 3–10pm. Deerpath Park, Deerpath Rd at Hastings Rd, Lake Forest (773-868-3010, chicagoevents.com). $10, kids 5 and under free. Ride into the “Danger Zone” at this suburban fireworks festival headlined by Kenny Loggins.

Lincoln Park Arts & Music Festival Sat 7, noon–10pm; Sun 8, noon–9pm. Racine Ave between Fullerton and Webster Aves (773-868-3010, chicagoevents.com). $7. See more than 80 juried artists along with live music from Sister Hazel and Nikka Costa.

Rock Around the Block Sat 7, noon–10pm; Sun 8, noon–9pm. 3200 N Lincoln Ave (773-665-4682, starevents.com). $5. More than 30 bands play on three stages at this Lakeview fest.

West Fest Sat 7, Sun 8, noon–10pm. Chicago Ave between Wood St and Damen Ave (312-850-9390, westfestchicago.com). $5. This West Town fest features three stages of DJs and bands selected by Empty Bottle Presents. Kids and pets have their own fests. The Black Lips headline.

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A Fourth of July fireworks display at the Washington Monument. Location: WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA (DC) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA (USA) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Windy City RibFest 2017 in Chicago

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Attend the 2017 Windy City Ribfest in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood over the Fourth of July Weekend. with a Rib Village, live music and an International Rib Championship.

WHEN: Friday, June 30 – Sunday, July 02
Time: Friday & Saturday – Noon to 10pm; Sunday – Noon to 9pm
Location: Lawrence & Broadway
Get Directions
Address: 4800 N. Broadway St.
Chicago Illinois
Beneficiary: Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown

Ribs

Top local and national ribbers will again mix saucy slab offerings that are complemented with an eclectic music lineup at this annual festival. This tasty happening takes place just days before the Fourth of July. It has grown in popularity (and crowds) each year and is now a must-visit Chicago summer fest! RibFest also features arts, crafts and a daytime kids’ activity area.

Finger lickin’ slabs from some of the best local and national ribbers will be in the spotlight with a rockin’ 3-day music stage lineup featuring some of the hottest local and national rock/pop and classic indie acts as well as local tribute bands!

This “saucy” happening also features arts & crafts, a daytime play area for kids, plus beer and wine.

The neighborhood includes nationally-acclaimed music venues including The Green Mill, Aragon Ballroom and Riviera nightclub. This location helps to attract huge crowds.

The eclectic mix of past music stage performers include Lucky Boys Confusion, Cracker, Rusted Root, Cowboy Mouth, Here Come the Mummies and Liquid Soul.

Main Stage Entertainment

 

Friday
3:00 PM – The Aloha Center of Chicago
5:00 PM – Alvarez Kings
6:30 PM – Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
8:45 PM – Berlin
Saturday
12:15 PM – Kreyol Roots
2:30 PM – To the 9’s
4:15 PM – The Remedy
5:45 PM – Get Up with the Get Downs
8:00 PM – Too White Crew

Sunday
12:30 PM – Bethany Thomas
2:40 PM – Lynne Jordan & the Shivers
4:30 PM – One Night Band
7:00 PM – JC Brooks

Lawrence & Broadway
4800 N. Broadway St. – Chicago
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Taste of Chicago 2017

Taste of Randolf Street in Chicago

Taste of Chicago

English: Taste of Chicago

Since I live in Chicago, I always go to the annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. I have been doing this for too many years to mention. When my sons were babies, I brought them to the Taste of Chicago in their double stroller. Now that my older son is married, he can walk to the Taste of Chicago with his new wife.

 

WHEN: The Legendary Taste is held from July 5-9, 2017 in Grant Park

 

Check out the FOOD TRUCKS


American Glory **NEW**

Auntie Vee’s

Aztec Dave’s Food Truck **NEW**

Beavers Coffee + Donuts

Bop Bar Truck **NEW**

Bruges Brothers

The Cajun Connoisseur **NEW**

Cheesie’s Pub and Grub **NEW**

Da Lobsta

El Patron **NEW**

The Fat Shallot

Giordano’s

Harold’s Chicken

The Lifeway Kefir Shop

Incredible food and top-notch musical talents combine at the annual Taste of Chicago. With 5 days to fill up on both, plan ahead by checking out the restaurant menus and concert schedules.

Taste of Chicago is free and open to the public. Headlining performances at the Petrillo Music Shell are free admission for lawn seats. General seating tickets are $22 and for premium views right in front of the stage, ticketed pavilion seats are available $50 online.

 

SUNDAY, JULY 9, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

4:30 pm concert start  

Maurice Jackson’s Independents
The O’Jays

Headlining Performers

With chart topping hits including “Love Train,” “Used To Be My Girl,” “Brandy” and “For The Love of Money,” The O’Jays connect with an era and a sound that provided the soundtrack for generations of R&B and soul fans. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, The O’Jays are still hitting the road with the same electrifying energy they’ve had for more than 50 years.

Maurice Jackson’s Independents will tap into the singer-songwriter’s career of recorded music as both a solo artist and as a member of the groups The Independents and Silk during the 70s and early 80s. The Independents, formed in the early 70s, released 8 singles, each of which rose on the billboard R&B charts. Their record “Leaving me” was a number one R&B hit.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Cornucopia of Music!

11:00 am Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats (Kids Music)
12:00 pm Tovi Khali (Blues/Funk)
  1:20 pm Aleph Beatz (Afropop/Dance music)
  2:40 pm Shuba (Pop/R&B) ChicagoMade A&R Winner
  4:00 pm The Rad Trads (Jazzy/Rockin’ Soul)
  5:20 pm Linsey Alexander (Blues)
  6:40 pm The Waco Brothers (Alt Country)

SATURDAY, JULY 8, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

4:30 pm concert start

The Kickback
Passion Pit

Headlining Performers

Passion Pit is an American indie electronica band from Cambridge, Massachusetts, formed in 2007. The band consists solely of Michael Angelakoson on lead vocals and keyboards, joined live by Chris Hartz on drums, Aaron Harrison Folb on bass and synthesizers, Giuliano Pizzulo on guitar and synthesizers and Ray Suen on guitar and synthesizers. Recent releases include Kindred with the hit single “Lifted Up (1985)” and a 2016 Christmas Album featuring the single “Stained Glass Windows” from Merry Christmas, Mr. Fields.

The Kickback immediately enters the front ranks of contemporary rock-n-roll with the 2017 release of Weddings & Funerals from Jullian Records. The album is a furious, exhilarating and deeply emotional collection from the Chicago based band with lead singer Billy Yost, guitarist Jonny Ifergan, and bassist Daniel Leu. In 2016, the band performed at Taste of Chicago on the Bud Light Stage.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Rock the Taste!

 11:00 am Steve Ramone & The Pensioners
12:00 pm Blood Red Boots
 1:20 pm Ocean Over Airplanes
 2:40 pm Aeraco
 4:00 pm The Gold Web
 5:20 pm Bailiff
 6:40 pm Split Single

FRIDAY, JULY 7, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Twin Peaks

Headlining Performers

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals came together in 1999 to record the album Born to Shine which showcased Harper’s rock side, and he turns to the group whenever he wants to underscore his funky, fuzz-guitar talents. They have played together off and on over the years and in 2016 they collaborated once again on Call It What It Is. Ben Harper is a three-time GRAMMY® Award winner and is known for his skills on the guitar, along with vocals and live performances and his eclectic mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae and rock.

Opening the show is Chicago-based Twin Peaks. As their fans know well, these dudes like to rock and most certainly love to roll. Band members include Cadien Lake James (vocals, guitar), Clay Frankel (vocals, guitar), Jack Dolan (vocals, bass), Colin Croom (keys, vocals, guitar) and Connor Brodner (drums).

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Folk and Country Day

12:00 pm Michael Riser Band
1:20 pm Clique James ChicagoMade A&R Winner
 2:40 pm Swingabilly Slim
 4:00 pm Jonas Friddle & The Majority
 5:20 pm The Railway Gamblers
   6:40 pm Jeff Givens & The Mugshot Saints

Incredible food and top-notch musical talents combine at the annual Taste of Chicago. With 5 days to fill up on both, plan ahead by checking out the restaurant menus and concert schedules.

Taste of Chicago is free and open to the public. Headlining performances at the Petrillo Music Shell are free admission for lawn seats. General seating tickets are $22 and for premium views right in front of the stage, ticketed pavilion seats are available $50 online.

 

THURSDAY, JULY 6, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá
Café Tacvba

Headlining Performers

 

Café Tacvba, is widely recognized as Mexico’s leading alternative rock band and one of the most influential alternative groups to come out of Latin America. With a blend of rock, indigenous folk, electronic and punk music, their album Re was named the “Number One Latin Rock Album of All Time” in 2013 by Rolling Stone. Even after 25 years of music together, the multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning group continues to expand its already massive audience of devoted fans throughout the Americas, Europe and beyond.

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá opens the show at 5 p.m. After performing on the Bud Light stage at last year’s Taste of Chicago, ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat will now bring their roots- rock-inspired dance music to the Petrillo stage. Los Vicios de Papá is a high energy Latin ska fusion band with an intoxicating mix of Cumbia, dancehall, Huapachon, hip hop, reggae and ska that will send fans into a dance frenzy. Los Vicios de Papá will also perform at the Bud Light Stage earlier in the day at noon.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

Latin Music Day

12:00 pm Los Vicios de Papá
 1:20 pm Vivian Garcia
 2:40 pm The Luna Blues Machine
 4:00 pm Mariachi Monumental
  5:20 pm Contrabanda Live
 6:40 pm Afinca’o

WEDNESDAY, JULY 5, 2017 – GRANT PARK


Petrillo Music Shell Lineup

5:30 pm concert start  

Eryn Allen Kane
Alessia Cara

Headlining Performers

Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alessia Cara has been topping charts and swaying hearts since her 2015 hit single “Here” debuted to critical acclaim, showcasing her song-writing skills as well as her larger than life voice. In 2016, “Scars to Your Beautiful” reached the top ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and hit #1 on the US pop radio charts. Cara’s single “How Far I’ll Go”, written by Lin-Manuel Miranda for the Disney film Moana, has been a runaway hit since its release. Her latest single “Stay” featuring a collaboration with producer and DJ, Zedd, is the summer jam of 2017.

Chicago-based songstress Eryn Allen Kane will open the evening with an electrifying performance. In November 2015, the budding superstar released her solo debut Aviary: Act I. The stunning 4-track effort featured both of Eryn’s breakout singles “Have Mercy” and “Slipping,” as well as new fan favorite “Piano Song” (featured on BET’s Being Mary Jane) which catapulted to #5 on Spotify’s “Global Top 50 Charts.” “How Many Times,” the hit single from her 2016 Aviary: Act II EP is a testament of her momentum as a star on the rise.

 


Bud Light Stage Lineup

R&B/Hip Hop Day

12:00 pm Dej Monae
1:20 pm Maurice Jackson’s Independents
2:40 pm ShowYouSuck
4:00 pm Pinqy Ring
  5:20 pm The Boy Illinois ChicagoMade A&R Winner
6:40 pm Justin Ruff ChicagoMade A&R Winner

 

 

Beavers Coffee + Donuts

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat; E. Jackson – Fri, Sun

    • Mini Donuts (9)
      (Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate, S’mores, Strawberry Bella, Turtle)
  • Mini Donuts (15)

(Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate, S’mores, Strawberry Bella, Turtle)

  • Mini Donuts (35)

(Flavors: Cinnamon, Powdered Sugar, Chocolate)Taste of:

    • Mini S’mores Donuts (4)
    • Mini Strawberry Bella Donuts (4)

Bruges Brothers (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Papas Bravas
  • Braised Oxtail Poutine
  • Duck Fat Frites and Sauce

Taste of:

  • Papas Bravas
  • Duck Fat Frites

Chicago Cupcake

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • Créme Brulee Cupcake
  • Birthday Cake Cupcake
  • Chocolate Cupcake
  • Salted Caramel Cupcake

Taste of:

  • Créme Brulee Mini Cupcake
  • Birthday Cake Mini Cupcake

Chicago Lunchbox

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Vietnamese Pork Tacos
  • Korean Beef Tacos

Taste of:

  • Vietnamese Pork Mini Taco
  • Firecracker Rangoons

Gino’s Steaks Truck

E. Jackson – Wed, Sun; S. Columbus – Th, Fri, Sat

  • Steak & Cheese Sandwich
  • Chicken & Cheese Sandwich
  • Vegetable & Cheese Sandwich

Taste of:

  • Steak & Cheese Sandwich Mini
  • Chicken & Cheese Sandwich Mini

Giordano’s

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • 6″ Stuffed Cheese Pizza
  • 6″ Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza
  • 6″ Stuffed Sausage Pizza

Taste of:

  • Slice of Stuffed Cheese Pizza
  • Slice of Stuffed Pepperoni Pizza

Harold’s Chicken

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri; E. Jackson – Sat, Sun

  • Wings (3) w/ Sauce
  • Fries
  • Okra

Taste of:

  • Wing (1) w/ Sauce
  • Wing (1) w/ Okra

Jack’s Fork in the Road (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Sun; E. Jackson – Th, Fri

  • Roast Pork Tenderloin Sandwich w/ Fig Jam, Prosciutto, and Apple Slaw
  • Buffalo Chicken Sandwich w/ Blue Cheese Slaw, Onion Rings, and Truckmade Fire Sauce
  • Fries w/ Sriracha Mayo

Taste of:

  • Roast Pork Tenderloin Slider
  • Buffalo Chicken Slider

Jerk. Modern Jamaican Grill

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Jerk Fries
  • Festival (Cornbread)
  • Jerk Chicken

Taste of:

  • Jerk Fries
  • Festival (Cornbread)

La Cocinita (New)

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Fri; S. Columbus – Sun

  • Pork Patacon (Crispy Plantain “Sandwich” w/ Pulled Pork, Queso Fresco & Spicy Guava Sauce)
  • Chicken Tacos w/ Cheese & Chipotle Crema
  • Black Bean & Cheese Arepa w/ Venezuelan Guacamole

Taste of:

  • Pork Pataconcito (mini, open-faced)
  • Chicken Taco w/ Cheese & Chipotle Crema

Little Tittle’s Cupcakes

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat; E. Jackson – Fri, Sun

  • Red Velvet Cupcake
  • Turtle Cupcake
  • Lemon ZestCupcake
  • Butter Cookies (5)

Taste of:

  • Red Velvet Cupcake Mini
  • Butter Cookies (2)

Starfruit Café

E. Jackson – Wed, Th, Sat; S. Columbus – Fri, Sun

  • Original Frozen Kefir w/ Fresh Blueberries
  • Mango Frozen Kefir w/ Granola

Taste of:

  • Original Frozen Kefir
  • Mango Frozen Kefir

The Crave Bar (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th, Sat

  • Handcrafted Pretzel Ice Cream Bar (Flavors: Dark Chocolate Decadence, Milk Chocolate Madness, Salted Caramel-licious, or Peanut Butter Bash)

Taste of:

  • Handcrafted Pretzel Ice Cream Bite (Flavors: Dark Chocolate Decadence or Milk Chocolate Madness)

The Fat Shallot

S. Columbus – Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Grilled Cheese w/ Muenster Cheese, Caramelized Onions, & Salted Spinach on Rustic Sourdough
  • Truffle Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Truffle Aioli)
  • Spicy Sesame Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Spicy Sesame Aioli)

Taste of:

  • Grilled Cheese w/ Muenster Cheese, Caramelized Onions, & Salted Spinach on Rustic Sourdough
  • Truffle Fries (House Fries Topped w/ Truffle Aioli)

Yum Dum (New)

S. Columbus – Wed, Th; E. Jackson – Fri, Sat, Sun

  • Baowiches (2) (Pork Belly, Korean Chili Chicken, Crispy Shrimp, or Crispy Fish)
  • Steamed Dumplings (8) (Pork & Chive, Thai Chicken Basil, or Veggie)
  • Kimchessy Rice Balls (4)

Taste of:

  • Mini Boawich (1)
  • Kimcheesy Rice Balls (2)

 

For more information visit www.tasteofchicago.us

Check out the Pop-Up Restaurants:

In addition to the rows and rows of restaurant vendors setting up daily for the 5-day festival, you’ll find a lineup of Pop-Up Restaurants that mix up the offerings. Go on a culinary adventure to India or Belize, snack on cream puffs or donuts, or fill up on favorites like tacos or fried chicken.

Each Pop-Up is at the Taste of Chicago for only one or two days so get to them while you can!

 

Here are some of the POP-UP RESTAURANTS

 


Brightwok Kitchen – 21 E. Adams  **NEW**

 

Broken English – 75 E. Lake St.  **NEW**

Dinky Donuts, Inc. – Located at Markets throughout Chicago

Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize – 2518 W. 63rd St.

Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls – 1251 W. Fullerton Ave.  **NEW**

 

 

Pop-Up Restaurants

 

 

 

 

 

Grant Park was named after  Ulysses S. Grant,  the United States President and Civil War General.

 

 

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Roscoe Village Burger Fest 2017 in Chicago

 

English: A bacon cheeseburger

English: A bacon cheeseburger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Taste world-class traditional and gourmet burgers from some of Chicago’s finest restaurants at the Roscoe Village Burger Fest 2017!

FEST: Roscoe Village Burger Fest

WHEN: July 8-9

WHERE: Roscoe Village

SCENE: What’s the only thing more American than eating a burger outside in the summertime? Eating MANY burgers under the summer sky—and the Roscoe Village Burger Fest is the place to do it. Whether beef, turkey, bison, chicken, veggie or black bean is your burger jam…you’ll find the primo patties here.

Cheeseburger with Fries

Cheeseburger with Fries (Photo credit: TheCulinaryGeek)

WHERE: Belmont at Damen in Roscoe Village in Chicago

 

A fantastic music lineup and great burgers are just a few of the highlights
From veggie, turkey and the finest ground beef to BBQ, steak burgers and every imaginable topping under the sun, patty lovers will be in taste heaven with the awesome selection of — often at a cost that’s less than from the menus at the individual restaurants!

For details visit: http://www.roscoevillageburgerfest.com/#

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Cheeseburger topped with bacon and grilled pin...

Cheeseburger topped with bacon and grilled pineapple (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Cheeseburger and Fries

Cheeseburger and Fries (Photo credit: powerplantop)

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The Wine Districts of Vino con Vista Bordeaux France

 

Bildbeschreibung: Karte Weinbaugebiet Bordeaux...

Bildbeschreibung: Karte Weinbaugebiet Bordeaux * Quelle: selbst erstellt * Zeichner: Domenico-de-ga * Datum: 24. Mai 2006 Cropping of Bordeaux wine map to just focus on the dessert wine districts. Reference original map for the numbers. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Bordeaux is the world’s premier wine capital! Here is detailed look at the region’s key districts, including the Médoc and its appellations, Pessac-Léognan, the Right Bank areas of Pomerol and St.-Emilion, and the sweet wine areas of Sauternes and Barsac: http://assets.winespectator.com/wso/Maps/Bordeauxmap.pdf The Bordeaux region of France produces some of the world’s most famous wines including: St. Emilion, Margaux and Pauillac. The wine regions of Vino con Vista

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the Frenc...

Cabernet Sauvignon grapes growing in the French wine region of Bordeaux (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bordeaux encompass a large number of wine growing areas of the Gironde department of Aquitaine.

Map of the Gironde

Map of the Gironde (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Bildbeschreibung: Karte Weinbaugebiet Bordeaux Quelle: selbst erstellt Zeichner: Domenico-de-ga Datum: 24. Mai 2006 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bordeaux region is naturally divided by the Gironde Estuary into the Left Bank and the Right Bank. The Left Bank area includes the Médoc and Graves. The Right Bank area includes the Libournais, Bourg and Blaye.

Wine-growing areas of the left bank of Bordeau...

Wine-growing areas of the left bank of Bordeaux; Médoc, Graves and Sauternes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The Médoc is divided into Haut-Médoc (the upstream or southern portion) and Bas-Médoc (the downstream or northern portion, often referred to simply as “Médoc”).” There are various sub-regions within the Haut-Médoc, including St-Estèphe, Pauillac, St.-Julien and Margaux. Graves includes the sub-regions of Pessac-Léognan and Sauternes. Sauternes includes the sub-region of Barsac. The Libournais includes the sub-regions of Saint-Émilion and Pomerol. There is an additional wine region of Entre-Deux-Mers, so called because it lies between the Garonne and Dordogne rivers, which combine to form the Gironde. All of these regions (except the Libournais) have their own appellation. They are “governed by Appellation d’origine contrôlée laws which dictate the permissible grape varieties, alcohol level, methods of pruning and picking, density of planting and appropriate yields as well as various winemaking techniques.” Bordeaux wine labels will usually include the region on the front of the label.

English: A 2004 Château de Rochemorin Blanc, a...

English: A 2004 Château de Rochemorin Blanc, a wine from Pessac-Léognan in the Graves subregion of Bordeaux. It is one of André Lurton’s wine estates. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The permissible grape varieties in red Bordeaux are: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. A general rule of thumb is that the Left Bank is predominately Cabernet Sauvignon based with the Right Bank being more Merlot based. The Graves area produces both red wine and white wine from the Sauvignon blanc, Sémillon and Muscadelle grapes. “Saint-Émilion is an Appellation d’origine contrôlée (AOC) for wine in the Bordeaux wine region of France. It is situated in the Libourne subregion on the right bank of the Dordogne.” Dr. EveAnn Lovero wrties Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

Deutsch: Weinberg in der Côte de Nuits, Burgun...

Deutsch: Weinberg in der Côte de Nuits, Burgund, Frankreich English: Vineyard in Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Daniel Burnham’s Vision for Chicago: Paris on the Prairie

White City of the World's Columbian Exposition...

White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition (1893) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Administration Building, seen from the Agr...

The Administration Building, seen from the Agricultural Building. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building...

Horticultural Building, with Illinois Building in the background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago...

English: The Republic in Jackson Park, Chicago, IL, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston,...

Daniel Burnham on the terrace of his Evanston, IL home. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: Source: http://www.chicagob2b.net/links/pages/CitySeal1.gif This image is a copy of the official seal of the City of Chicago, Illinois, as designed and adopted by the City in 1905. As such, it is a work authored before 1922, and is therefore in the public domain. A 1895 edition of the seal can be seen here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: View of Millennium Park from the Will...

English: View of Millennium Park from the Willis Tower (Formerly Sears Tower) in 2007, before Legacy Tower was built. The Jay Pritzker Pavilion and BP Bridge in the park are clearly visible, as well as part of Lurie Garden at right and the McDonald Cycle Center in the left hand corner. Daley Bicentennial Plaza is behind Millennium Park, both are part of the larger Grant Park. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Cen...

Millennium Park, Chicago, IL, USA from Aon Center (Chicago) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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English: View of Chicago, United States from the 340 on the Park skyscraper. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

Daniel Hudson Burnham (1846-1912) was a leading architect and forward thinking urban-planner. He wanted Chicago to become Paris on the Prairie.

 

Burnham and Root were the architects of one of the first American skyscrapers: the Masonic Temple Building in Chicago. It was Measuring 21 stories high at 302 feet. It was torn down in 1939.

Burnham and Root played an integral role in why Chicago looks the way it does today. They accepted the responsibility of overseeing and constructing the Exposition of 1893  to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ famous voyage.

After Root’s sudden death, the plans were radically changed into a Classical Revival style in Jackson Park on the south lake font in Chicago.

Burnham became the Director of Works, and ultimately led the design and construction of  the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Considered the first example of  comprehensive planning  in the nation, the fairground was complete with grand boulevards, classical building facades, and lush gardens. Often called the “White City”, it “popularized neoclassical architecture in a monumental and rational Beaux-Arts plan.” Much of his work was based on the classical style from Rome and Greece.

In 1909 he declared “The Lakefront belongs to the People” and laid out the Burnham plan; his vision for Grant Park that still guides the Park’s evolution.

Initiated in 1906 and published in 1909, Burnham and his co-author Edward H. Bennett prepared “The Plan of Chicago“, which laid out plans for the future of the city. The plan included ambitious proposals for the lakefront and river and declared that every citizen should be within walking distance of a park.

Many plans and conceptual designs of the south lakefront from the Columbian Exposition came in handy. He envisioned Chicago as a “Paris on the Prairie”. French-inspired public works projects, fountains, and boulevards radiating from a central domed municipal building became Chicago’s new backdrop. Burnham is famously quoted as saying, “Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men’s blood and probably will not themselves be realized.” This slogan has been taken to capture the essence of Burnham’s spirit.

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You can walk “The View Path” that highlights his plan in a new exhibit at Millennium Park. If you want to stay at a nice hotel in Chicago that was designed by Burnham and Root, head over to The Reliance Building  at 1 W. Washington Street in the Loop. The first floor and basement were designed by John Root of the Burnham and Root architectural firm in 1890, with the rest of the building completed by Charles B. Atwood in 1895. It is the first skyscraper to have large plate glass windows make up the majority of its surface area. The Reliance Building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970; and on January 7, 1976, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.  Stay at the lovely the 122-room Hotel Burnham and dine at the Atwood Cafe.

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The path includes following sites:

Cloudgate

Lurie Garden

Nichols Bridge

Art Institute of Chicago

South Garden

Railway Exchange

Congress Plaza

Congress Parkway Bridge

North President’s Court

Lincoln Statue

Buckingham Fountain

Outdoor Rooms

Lower Hutchinson Field

Lake Michigan Shoreline

Museum Campus

“Burnham View” a new permanent landmark sculpture with a spectacular view of the city and the park

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The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Bu...

The Burning of the White City. (Electricity Building on left, Mines and Mining Building on right.) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Burnham also designed several notable buildings and skyscrapers in Chicago including:

 

 

 He died in Heidelberg, Germany and the successor firm to Burnham’s practice was Graham, Anderson, Probst & White, which continued in some form until 2006. There is a tribute to Burnham in Burnham Park and Daniel Burnham Court in Chicago.
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Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides @ www.vino-con-vista.com

 

Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street...

Cloud Gate from east with East Randolph Street skyscrapers in background. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground...

English: Buckingham Fountain in the foreground with one of the Prudential Buildings at the far left and the AON Center (the tallest building) in the background. The top of the John Hancock Center is also visible (the one with two antennae at the top). I took this photo 11 Jul 2005. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall.

A view toward the Peristyle from Machinery Hall. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, se...

The Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building, seen from the southwest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Midway Plaisance, Chicago.

Midway Plaisance, Chicago. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Portrait of John Wellborn Root

Portrait of John Wellborn Root (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Give Your Sweetie a Rose on Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain

Saint George and the Dragon at Casa Amatller

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Once upon a time in the town of Montblanc in Catalunya, a terrible dragon terrorized the inhabitants. A lottery system was generated to appease the dragon. The system sacrificed one of the town residents to the dragon. Unfortunately, one day the princess won the lottery and had to be sacrificed. She was rescued from the dragon’s wrath by a handsome knight in shining armour named Jordi (George).

Saint George (Saint Jordi) is the patron saint of Catalonia. Saint Jordi’s Day in Barcelona Spain is a Catalon Holiday that celebrates the chivalrous efforts of dragon-slaying, damsel- in-distress rescuing Saint George. On April 23rd,  six million roses will change hands in Barcelona when men become knights for a day. They will give their sweetie a single rose to honor Saint George, the patron saint and protector of the inhabitants of Catalonia who rescued the princess from the terrible dragon. He gave her a red rose plucked from a rose bush that sprouted from the dragons blood after the dragon was killed by St. Jordi’s mighty sword.

Català: Josep Puig i Cadafalch

Català: Josep Puig i Cadafalch (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On April 23rd, lovers walk arm in arm on Las Ramblas toward the sea or in the direction of Placa Catalunya gazing at the lovely flower stalls and visiting La Boqueria Market.

Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona

Barcelona Spain

Lovers also stroll along the Passeig de Gracia buying books from street vendors and book stores. In 1923, the tradition of giving your damsel a rose was expanded. Damsels give their knight in shining armour a book, since April 23rd also coincides with the anniversary of the death of William Shakespear and Cervantes in 1616.

In Barcelona, visit Gaudi’s Casa Batllo (House of Bones) on Passeig de Gracia, 43. It is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. The magnificent art noveau structure is located on the “Block of Discord” with incredible buildings designed by famous architects like Josep Puig i Cadafalch, Lluis Domenech i Montaner and Enric Sagnier. Casa Batllo has a facade based on the Tale of Saint Jordi (Saint George). The bones of the dragon’s victims frame the elaborate windows of the facade. The facade is covererd with trencadis glazed mosaic tile. The roof  has a large arch that represents the scales of the dragon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j31eZTrW0Ss.

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

St. Jordi's Day in Barcelona Spain

Gaudi's Barcelona Spain

Happy St. Jordi’s Day– “Felic Diada de Sant Jordi” from your Travel Buddies @ www.vino-con-vista.com.

Dr. EveAnn Lovero writes Travel Guides and Vino Con Vista Travel Guides can be purchased at these sites
 

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