Whether the weather thinks so or not, summer in Chicago is here. And the bevy of street festivals every weekend continues to flow. The pick for the best festival this weekend is the Taste of Randolph Street, located in the West Loop area.
The West Loop is a trendy upscale area of clubs, galleries, and the newest restaurants with a buzz, built around a vibrant community of freshly built apartments and lofts, brimming with young couples building a life and family in the downtown area. Taste of Randolph Street is three days of music, highlighted food from restaurants in the neighborhood, and a mix of art and world market vendors all lumped together on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine.
You won’t find your standard hot dogs and funnel cakes at Taste of Randolph Street, where the festival promises to â€œappeal to a slightly more refined palate,â€ with offerings from Izumi Sushi, De Cero, and La Sardine and onsite cooking demonstrations fro the chefs behind one sixty blue, The Grocery Bistro, and many more.
Once you’ve sampled the delectable fare, head over and catch some live music from a wide range of nationally recognized popular artist, with an impressive line-up this year. Friday night is southern rock tinged gruff and heavy headliners Dr. Dog, Saturday is the sugary pop offerings from Tinted Windows, the group made up of members of Hanson, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fountains of Wayne, and Cheap Trick, and closing out the weekend is the earnest piano and guitar driven indie rock soundtrack of The Hold Steady.
The Taste of Randolph Street is this weekend, June 19th, 20th and 21st on Randolph Street between Peoria and Racine. There is a suggested donation of $10, and the hours are Friday from 5-11pm, Saturday from 2-11pm, and Sunday from 2-10pm.