What To Eat At This Summer’s Taste of Chicago

This summer’s Taste of Chicago (which runs from June 26 through July 5) might have less food this year than it has in the past, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be a culinary wasteland — Explore Chicago has released this year’s list of vendors, and there’s plenty to go around. Among the variations on Italian ice and sausage pizza more numerous than you can shake a stick at will be tourist favorites like Connie’s Pizza and Harry Caray’s. Garrett’s Popcorn will be representing, serving their Top Chef-designed “popcornsicle,” a popcorn-popsicle made with liquid nitrogen. For those in search of turkey legs, worry not: the mantle left by now-shuttered Helen’s is being taken up by Taste newcomer Manny’s Deli, who will be serving the giant drumsticks barbecued, alongside other options of barbecue brisket sandwiches and potato pancakes. For the more gourmet palate (though if you fall into that category, why are you at the Taste?), we suggest Vermilion’s mango-cumin dusted fries with date chutney, Oak Street Beach Cafe’s grilled slipper tail lobster, and The Grill on the Alley’s gazpacho with chopped avocado and chives.

A complete list of Taste of Chicago participants, including booth numbers and what they’re serving, after the jump.

9 - Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St.
Roasted Corn on the Cob; Fish and Chips(Fries); Irish Egg Rolls; Oreo® Bailey’s® Irish Custard
¢¢¢ Irish Egg Roll; Fries with Irish Curry

54 - Adobo Grill
2005 W. Division St.
Guacamole and Chips; Cochinita Pibil (Pork) Tacos; Chicken Tamale; Churros
¢¢¢ Churros; Cheese Empanada

51 - Arya Bhavan
2508 W. Devon Ave.
Samosa (Crisp Patties with Potatoes, Peas, Coriander and Spices); Chana Masala with Bread/Nan; Pav Bhaji with Bread/Nan (Vegetarian Stew with Cauliflower, Peas, Eggplant, Tomatoes and Spices); Bhel (Puffed Rice, Sev and Puri mixed with diced Potatoes, Onions, Cilantro, Garlic, and Hot and Sweet Chutney Sauces)
¢¢¢ Samosa; Bhel

17 - Aunt Diana’s Candy Makers
29 E. Burlington Rd., Riverside
Chocolate Covered Strawberry; Chocolate Dipped Frozen Banana; Combo: Strawberry, Fudge and Baby Banana
¢¢¢ Chocolate Dipped Frozen Baby Banana; Chocolate Fudge

8 - Bacino’s Pizza of Lincoln Park
2204 N. Lincoln Ave.
Stuffed Spinach Pizza; Stuffed Sausage Pizza; Thin Crust Cheese Pizza; Thin Crust Sausage Pizza
¢¢¢ Stuffed Spinach Pizza; Stuffed Sausage Pizza

6 - Billy Goat Tavern and Grill
1535 W. Madison Ave.
Rib Eye Steak Sandwich; Cheeseburger; Double Cheeseburger
¢¢¢ ½ Cheeseburger; Potato Chips

33 - BJ’s Market and Bakery
8734 S. Stony Island Ave.
Mustard-Fried Catfish; Turkey Burger; Barbecue Chicken Tenders; Sweet Potato Chips
¢¢¢ Mustard-Fried Catfish; Peach Cobbler

14 - Blue Bayou
3734 N. Southport Ave.
Muffalletta Sandwich; Jambalaya; Cornbread with Honey Chili Butter; Gator Sausage on a Stick
¢¢¢ Jambalaya; Bananas Foster Bites

25 - Buona
Chicagoland Locations
Italian Beef Sandwich; Beef and Sausage Combo Sandwich; Italian Sausage Sandwich
¢¢¢ Italian Sausage Sandwich; Mini Cannoli

15 - Canady Le Chocolatier
824 S. Wabash Ave.
Chocolate Gelato; Blueberry Yogurt Gelato; Tiramisu Gelato; Peanut Butter Gelato
¢¢¢ Fruiti di Bosco Sorbet; Chocolate Gelato

24 - Celebration Creamery
286 Golf Mill Center, Niles
Funnel Cake; Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream and Chocolate Topping; Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Topping; One Scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream on a Waffle Cone
¢¢¢ Vanilla Ice Cream with Chocolate Topping; Strawberry Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt Sandwich

19 - C’est Si Bon!
5225 S. Harper Ave.
Sweet Potato Cheesecake; Collard Green Egg Rolls; Firecracker Chicken Wingettes with Biscuit; Fresh Fruit Cup
¢¢¢ Cajun Meatballs; Firecracker Wingettes

5 - Chicago Joe’s
2256 W. Irving Park Rd.
Breaded Buffalo Popcorn Shrimp with Fries; Beer Battered Butterfly Coconut Shrimp with Fries; Homemade Seasoned Fries; Breaded Calamari Rings with Fries
¢¢¢ Homemade Chili; Homemade Seasoned Fries

38 - Connie’s Pizza
2373 S. Archer Ave.
Deep Dish Cheese Pizza; Deep Dish Sausage Pizza; Meatball Sandwich; Thin Beer Crust Pepperoni Pizza
¢¢¢ Mini Meatball Sandwich; All Natural Vegetarian Panzerotti

45 - Costa’s
340 S. Halsted St.
Gyros; Greek Chicken on Pita; Loukaniko(Greek Sausage)
¢¢¢ Loukaniko; Baklava (Filo, Honey and Nut Pastry)

37 - Dominick’s
Chicagoland Locations
Red/Green Seedless Grapes; Cherries; Watermelon Slice; Roasted Ultra Sweet Corn on the Cob
¢¢¢ ½ Watermelon Slice; Pineapple Bites

22 - Eli’s Cheesecake
6701 W. Forest Preserve Dr.
Frozen Chocolate Chip Toffee Crunch; Oreo® Cookie Cheesecake with Vanilla Ice Cream; Turtle Cheesecake; Plain Cheesecake (with or without strawberries)
¢¢¢ Plain Cheesecake; No-Sugar-Added Key Lime Cheesecake (made with Equal®)

42 - Fireplace Inn
1448 N. Wells St.
BBQ Baby Back Ribs; BBQ Boneless Rib Sandwich; Mozzarella Sticks; BBQ Meatballs
¢¢¢ Mozzarella Sticks; Tropical Fruit Salad Bowl

44 - Franco’s Ristorante
300 W. 31st St.
Lemon Italian Ice; Watermelon Italian Ice; Stracciatella Gelato (Vanilla with Chocolate Shavings); Chocolate Hazelnut Gelato (Giunduia)
¢¢¢ Lemon Italian Ice; Watermelon Italian Ice

52 - Garrett Popcorn Shops
Chicagoland and O’Hare Locations
Popcornsicle (Caramel and Cheese Corn Mix, flash frozen on a stick); Chocolate Covered Caramel Corn; ½ lb. Mixed Nuts
¢¢¢ Caramel and Cheese Corn Mix; Chocolate Covered Caramel Corn

12 - The Grill on the Alley
909 N. Michigan Ave.
Prime Rib Quesadilla; Gazpacho with Chopped Avocado and Chives; Rice Pudding with Mango and Dried Cranberries
¢¢¢ Gazpacho with Chopped Avocado and Chives; Grilled Anjou Pear Salad with Walnuts and Maytag Blue Cheese

7 - Guey Lon
3968 N. Elston Ave.
Shrimp and Vegetable Tempura; Orange Chicken with Vegetable Fried Rice; Mongolian Beef with Noodles; “Crab” Rangoon
¢¢¢ Egg Roll; Vegetable Tempura

39 - Harold’s Chicken #71
2109 S. Wabash Ave.
Chicken Wings; Chicken Nuggets; Fried Okra; Fries
¢¢¢ Chicken Wings; Hush Puppies

28 - Harry Caray’s
33 W. Kinzie St.
Homemade Potato Chips; Fried Dough; Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Chocolate Chip Cookie
¢¢¢ Toasted Cheese Ravioli; Whole Wheat Oatmeal Raisin Cookie

16 - Hashbrowns
731 W. Maxwell St.
Maxwell Street Burger (Burger Patty Topped with Pork Chop, Polish Sausage and Grilled Onions); Sweet Potato Fries; Mini Waffle Topped with Whipped Cream, Chocolate Syrup and a Strawberry; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns ¢¢¢ Sweet Potato Fries; Sweet Potato Hashbrowns

23 - Home Run Inn Pizza
4254 W. 31st St.
Cheese Pizza; Sausage Pizza; Ultra Thin Sausage and Pepperoni Pizza; Strawberry Pecan Salad
¢¢¢ Small Strawberry Pecan Salad; Mozzarella Stuffed Bread Stick

46 - JR Dessert Bakery
2841 W. Howard St.
Plain Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry or Caramel Pecan Sauce; Frozen Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bar; Key Lime Pie; Apple Pie with Ice Cream
¢¢¢ Plain Cheesecake; Ice Cream with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

47 - Kasia’s Deli
2101 W. Chicago Ave.
Pierogi (Potato, Spinach, Chicken) with Sour Cream; Grilled Polish Sausage Sandwich with Sauteed Onions; Chicken Kabob with Vegetable Rice and Honey Mustard; Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream and Pico de Gallo or Apple Sauce
¢¢¢ Cheese Blintz with Raspberry Sauce; Potato and Cheese Pierogi

3 - La Justicia
3901 W. 26th St.
Enchiladas; Steak Tacos; Chicken Tacos; Combo: Taco, Enchilada and Quesadilla
¢¢¢ Enchilada; Chicken Taco

49 - Lagniappe-Creole Cajun Joynt
1525 W. 79th St.
Catfish Po’Boy; Crawfish, Corn and Potatoes; Beignets; Chicken and Waffles
¢¢¢ Praline Ice Cream; Beignets

48 - Las Tablas Colombian Steakhouse
2942 N. Lincoln Ave.
Empanadas (Beef, Chicken, or Cheese); Entraña Skirt Steak with Sweet Plantain Wedges; Marinated Grilled Chicken with Sweet Plantain Wedges; Verdes y Maduros (Crunchy Plantain Chips and Sweet Plantain Wedges)
¢¢¢ Verdes (Crunchy Plantain Chips); Maduros (Sweet Plantain Wedges)

40 - Los Dos Laredos
3120 W. 26th St.
Carne Asada Tacos (Steak); Tamales (Cheese and Green Pepper); Steak Gordita ala Mexican; Cheese Nachos
¢¢¢ Carne Asada Taco (Steak); Steak Gordita

30 - Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria
958 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Cheese Pizza; Cheese and Sausage Pizza; Chopped Salad; Bruschetta
¢¢¢ Chopped Salad; Bruschetta

1 - Manny’s Cafeteria & Delicatessen
1141 S. Jefferson St.
Barbequed Turkey Leg; Barbeque Beef Brisket Sandwich; Cherry Pie Square; Potato Pancakes
¢¢¢ Potato Pancake; Macaroni and Cheese

29 - Mazzone’s Italian Ice
At Chicagoland Retailers
3 Scoops Italian Ice (Lemon, Strawberry, Blue Raspberry or Mango); 2 Scoops Italian Ice; Nuttella® Crepe with Whipped Cream; Chocolate Covered Rice Krispies® Treat
¢¢¢ 1 Scoop Blue Raspberry Italian Ice; Scoop Lemon Italian Ice

18 - The Noodle Vietnamese Cuisine
2336 S. Wentworth Ave.
Sesame Beef on a Stick; Crab Rangoon; Shrimp Rolls; Curry Chicken on Rice
¢¢¢ Sesame Beef on a Stick; Shrimp Rolls

41 - Oak Street Beach Café
5700 S. Cicero Ave.
Grilled Slipper Tail Lobster with Garlic Potato; Grilled Shrimp on a Skewer with Garlic Potato; Grilled Spicy Chicken Wings with Garlic Potato; Grilled Cajun Turkey Link with Garlic Potato
¢¢¢ Garlic Potatoes; Spicy Wings

43 - O’Brien’s
1528 N. Wells St.
Celtic Corn on the Cob; Loaded Baked Potato; Smoked Pulled Pork Sandwich; Buffalo Shrimp
¢¢¢ Baked Potato; Onion Coated Green Beans

36 - Original Rainbow Cone
9233 S. Western Ave.
Rainbow Ice Cream (Chocolate, Strawberry, Palmer and Pistachio Ice Cream with Orange Sherbet) in a Cake or Waffle Cone; Cookie Dough or Cookies and Cream Cone; Waffle Cone Sundae (Vanilla Yogurt, Blueberries and Strawberries); Strawberry Shortcake Parfait (Vanilla Yogurt)
¢¢¢ Taster Cup of Rainbow Ice Cream; Dream Cup (Vanilla Yogurt and Orange Sherbet)

13 - Polka Sausage and Deli
8753 S. Commercial Ave.
Polish Sausage Sandwich with Kraut; Bratwurst Sandwich with Kraut; Grilled Breast of Chicken with Grilled Onions; Pierogi with Sour Cream (Potato, Cheese, Kraut)
¢¢¢ 1 Pierogi; Polish Sausage Sandwich with Kraut

31 - Polo Café and Catering Bridgeport U.S.A.
3322 S. Morgan St.
Shark Veracruz (Oven-Baked); Crispy Noodle Shrimp; Crab Cake Nuggets(Oven-Baked); Southern Fried Tilapia Filet
¢¢¢ Garlic-Mozzarella Cheese Bread; Crispy Noodle Shrimp

35 - Reggio’s Pizza
1339 S. Halsted St.
Turkey Sausage Deep Dish Pizza; Cheese Deep Dish Pizza; Sausage Thin Crust Pizza; Pepperoni Thin Crust Pizza
¢¢¢ Italian Ice; Sausage Thin Crust Pizza

4 - Ricobene’s
252 W. 26th St.
Italian Breaded Steak Sandwich; Beef and Sausage Combo Sandwich; Fresh Cut Fries with Cheese; Boneless Buffalo Wings
¢¢¢ Italian Breaded Steak Sandwich; Breaded Eggplant Parmesan Sandwich

21 - Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs
225 S. Canal St.
BBQ Rib Tips; BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; Boneless Rib Sandwich; Turkey Wings
¢¢¢ Hot Link; BBQ Rib Tips

50 - Sabor Latino
3810 W. North Ave.
Spanish Steak, Onions and Rice with Pigeon Peas; Puerto Rican Steak and Onion Sandwich on Homemade Criollo Bread; Steak Jibarito (Farmer Sandwich)
¢¢¢ Steak Jibarito; Pork Filled Banana Dumpling

2 - Soul Vegetarian East
205 E. 75th St.
Veggie Gyros; Vegetarian BBQ Twist on a Stick; Corn on the Cob; Vegetarian Tamales
¢¢¢ Sweet Potato Pie; BBQ Twist on a Stick

26 - Star of Siam
11 E. Illinois St.
Tempura Shrimp and Vegetables; Satay Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Cucumber Salad; Pad Thai Noodles (Vegetarian); Pot Stickers (Chicken and Vegetable Dumplings)
¢¢¢ Pad Thai Noodles; Pot Stickers

11 - Sweet Baby Ray’s
At Chicagoland Retailers
Hickory Smoked BBQ Ribs; BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich; BBQ Boneless Rib Sandwich; BBQ Chicken Sandwich
¢¢¢ Mini Boneless Rib Sandwich; BBQ Meatballs

53 - Tamarind
614 S. Wabash Ave.
Orange Chicken with Rice; Thai Red Curry with Chicken; Taiwan Shining Noodles; Banana Chocolate Egg Roll
¢¢¢ Taiwan Shining Noodles; Taro French Fries

34 - Tuscany
1014 W. Taylor St.
Italian Beef Sandwich; Italian Sausage Sandwich; Italian Turkey Meatballs; Toasted Cheese Ravioli
¢¢¢ Italian Turkey Meatballs; Toasted Cheese Ravioli

32 - Tutto Italiano
501 S. Wells St.
Pasta and Chicken Salad; Fried Ravioli Marinara; Steak Burger with Blue Cheese
¢¢¢ Italian Fries; Fried Ravioli Marinara

20 - Vee-Vee’s African Cuisine
6232 N. Broadway St.
Jerk Chicken with Red Beans and Rice; Sauteed Goat Meat with Plantain; Jollof Rice and Goat; Red Beans and Rice with Plantain (Vegetarian)
¢¢¢ Jerk Chicken with Red Beans and Rice; Jollof Rice with Goat

10 - Vermilion
10 W. Hubbard St.
Char-Grilled Chicken Kabob with Mango-Mint Chutney; BBQ Tamarind Pepper Boneless Rib Sandwich (Plain or with Grilled Onions); Chimchurri Masala Chicken Wings; Mango-Cumin Dusted Fries with Date Chutney
¢¢¢ Chimchurri Masala Chicken Wings; Mango-Cumin Dusted Fries

27 - Vienna Beef/Gold Coast Dogs
Chicagoland Locations
Hot Dog (Plain or Chicago-Style) and Potato Chips; Polish Sausage (with Mustard and Grilled Onions) and Potato Chips; Fire Dog (with Mustard and Grilled Onions)
¢¢¢ Whole Pickle on a Stick; ½ Hot Dog

Previously: Taste of Chicago: Now With 16% Less Food!

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What To Eat At This Summer’s Taste of Chicago