City Announces Food Lineup For 2019 Taste Of Chicago

Jim Gudas
April 25, 2019 - 12:54 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Summer is around the corner, and we can prove it, because the city released the food vendor lineup for the 39th Annual Taste of Chicago!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE announced Thursday the restaurant lineup for the 2019 Taste of Chicago. The five-day festival is known as "the world's largest, free-admission food festival." It will be held July 10-14 in Grant Park. 

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago foot lineup includes 82 eateries, with 37 of those being new participants, along with 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks.

Mayoral Emanuel said when he came into office eight years ago, the prospects for the Taste of Chicago were bleak.

"A lot of people were telling me, throw in the towel on the Taste," he said. "It's best days are behind it. It was losing money the year beforehand, or the last two years, apart of my tenure and everybody said, 'oh just close it up, put it away.'"

Emanuel said innovations such as bringing in food trucks and changing the way musical acts are presented have returned the Taste of Chicago to success.

The music and entertainment lineup will be announced in early May.

See the lineup below:

41 Five-Day Food Participants:  

  • Arun's Thai Restaurant - 4156 N. Kedzie Ave.
  • Aunty Joy's Jamaican Kitchen - 1217 W. Devon Ave.
  • Beat Kitchen - 2100 W. Belmont Ave.
  • Ben's Bar-Be-Cue - 5931 W. North Ave. (NEW)
  • Billy Goat Tavern - 1535 W. Madison St.
  • BJ's Market & Bakery - 8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
  • Brazilian Bowl Inc. – 3204 N. Broadway (NEW)
  • Buona Beef - 601 N. McClurg Ct.
  • Buscia's Bacon Buns (NEW)
  • Caffe Gelato Soiree - 2034 W. Division St.
  • Chicago's Dog House - 816 W. Fullerton Ave.
  • Churro Factory - Xurro - 2214 S. Wolcott Ave.
  • Connie's Pizza - 2373 S. Archer Ave.
  • Doom Street Eats
  • Esperanza - 2301 S. Lakeshore Dr.
  • Franco's Ristorante - 300 W. 31st St.
  • Frannie's Café Inc - 623 S. Wabash Ave.
  • Frönen (Now 5 Days)
  • Garifuna Flava: A Taste of Belize - 2518 W. 63rd St.
  • Gold Coast Dogs - 225 S. Canal St.
  • Hakka Bakka Indian Kati Rolls – 1251 W. Fullerton Ave. (Now 5 Days)
  • Iyanze - 4623 N. Broadway
  • Josephine's Cooking – 436 E. 79th St. (Now 5 Days)
  • Kasia’s Deli - 2101 W. Chicago Ave.
  • La Mexicana - 4171 S. Archer Ave.
  • Lao Sze Chuan – 520 N. Michigan Ave. (NEW)
  • Lou Malnati's Pizzeria - 805 S. State St.
  • Premier Rollin BBQ
  • Rainbow Cone LLC - 9233 S. Western Ave.
  • Ricobene's - 252 W. 26th St.
  • Robinson's No 1 Ribs - 225 S. Canal St.
  • Seoul Taco – 738 N. Clark St. (Now 5 Days)
  • Texas de Brazil - 210 E. Illinois St.
  • The Cookie Crate (NEW)
  • The Eli's Cheesecake Company - 6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
  • The Slab Bar-B-Que – 1918 E. 71st St. (NEW)
  • The Star of Siam - 11 E. Illinois St.
  • Ukai Japanese Restaurant - 1059 W. Belmont St.
  • Vee Vee's African Restaurant - 6232 N. Broadway
  • Yum Dum
  • Yvolina's Tamales – 814 W. 18th St. (NEW)

24 Pop-Up Food Participants: 

  • 90 Miles Cuban Café – 2540 W. Armitage Ave. (NEW)
  • A Place by Damao – 2621 S. Halsted St. Ste 1 (NEW)
  • Bar Takito – 210 N. Morgan St. (NEW)
  • Barangaroos Aussie Pies – 3208 N. Sheffield Ave. (NEW)
  • BettyBop Shop - 7100 S. South Shore Dr.
  • BITES Asian Kitchen + Bar - 3313 N. Clark St.
  • Black Dog Gelato – 859 N. Damen Ave. (NEW)
  • Classic Cobbler
  • Dmen Tap – 2849 W. Belmont Ave. (NEW)
  • Dog Haus – 2464 N. Lincoln Ave. (NEW)
  • Egg Rolls Etc. (NEW)
  • Gordo's Homemade Ice Cream Bars – 729 S. Dearborn St. (NEW)
  • Jason's Deli – 1258 S. Canal St. (NEW)
  • Jeannie's Flan Inc. (NEW)
  • Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams – 1505 N. Milwaukee Ave. (NEW)
  • Jus Sandwiches (NEW)
  • Kitchen 17 – 3132 N. Broadway (NEW)
  • Luella's Gospel Bird – 2009 N. Damen Ave. (NEW)
  • Madame VanderKloot's Weiner Emporium (NEW)
  • Nourish Catering  (NEW)
  • Seafood City Supermarket (Grill City) - 5033 N. Elston Ave.
  • These Wingz?
  • Warm Belly Bakery, LLC - 1148 W. Monroe St.
  • Wood Fire Counter - 131 N. Clinton St.

17 Food Truck Vendors: 

  • American Glory
  • Aztec Dave's Food Truck
  • Beavers Coffee + Donuts
  • Big Wang's Chinese Street Food – NEW
  • Coastline Catering – NEW
  • Da Pizza Dude – NEW
  • Giordano's
  • Harold's Chicken
  • La Cocinita
  • Lawrence's Fish & Shrimp
  • Mr. Quiles Mexican Food – NEW
  • Ms. Tittle's Cupcakes – NEW
  • Pink Flamingo (Flamingo Rum Club) – NEW
  • Pink Taco – NEW
  • The Lifeway Kefir Shop
  • Three Legged Tacos – NEW
  • Whadda Jerk – NEW