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Event Thu Jun 25 2015

Preview: Taste of Chicago in Grant Park July 8-12

rsz_img_0031.jpgThe Taste of Chicago is like the Stannis Baratheon of the Chicago food scene -- it plays a major role but somehow manages to leave no impression at all. It serves consistently lukewarm food, which among other things like obnoxious crowds, means it's never going beat Chicago Gourmet.

And yet, the Taste of Chicago can be a fun event if you find the right things to do -- aka, don't eat Mariano's new line of frozen pizza. Every year, the event expands with more vendors, sponsors, food trucks, entertainment acts, and celebrity chefs, so I suggest researching beforehand to lay out your plan of attack. This year, there are going to be "celebrity dinners" featuring James Beard winners and pop-up stalls featuring first-time vendors.

Taste of Chicago will take place July 8-12 at Grant Park. Visitors enjoy free admission, but a strip of 12 food tickets costs $8.50 and "taste of" portions will cost $2.50 or less.

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Jelly_Belly / June 26, 2015 7:50 AM

The Taste, contrary to the article, gets smaller and worse every single year. How did the Milwaukee Summerfest become so grand, while our 'celebration' become so nothing?

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

The State of Food Writing

By Brandy Gonsoulin

In 2009, food blogging, social media and Yelp were gaining popularity, and America's revered gastronomic magazine Gourmet shuttered after 68 years in business. Former Cook's Illustrated editor-in-chief Chris Kimball followed with an editorial, stating that "The shuttering of Gourmet reminds...
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