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In today’s Media Mix, a breast-feeding man plus Obama's food safety regulations delayed

Arthur Bovino

Entertainment
• A 34-year-old man has found a unique way to alleviate his erectile dysfunction. Jeff, who does not reveal his last name, from TLC’s Strange Sex, began drinking his wife’s breast milk and blood in an attempt to cure his ED; he says it’s working. [Huffington Post]

• New York City resident and magician Richie Magic sets a new world record by eating 61 crickets in 60 seconds. He shattered the record of 37, set in 2009 by Don "Inferno the Dragon" Wilson. [Huffington Post]

National
• President Obama signed what was considered to be the largest overhall of food safety regulations in decades, but nearly a year and a half later, the changes have yet to be implemented. [News 10]

• The 32-year-old Chicago Food Festival is in tough times as revenues shrink. The festival has been cut to five days down from 10 in recent years and the annual fireworks display has been canned. [AP]

International
• The worst monsoon to hit India in the past three years could pose a devastating impact on the country's crops. [Bloomberg Businessweek]

• The primary chocolate taster of Kennedy’s Confection, a candy trade publication, is forced to resign due to recent health scares prompted by his job (i.e. cholesterol spike, growing waistband, you know the drill). [Huffington Post]


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


2019 Taste of Chicago Guide

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park. Hailed as "The World's Largest Food Festival," the event aims to celebrate and support the amazing culinary skills of local recipes and eateries.

ABC 7 Chicago has your full breakdown of what to know and where to go for the 2019 Taste of Chicago.

The Taste runs Wednesday, July 10- Sunday, July 14.

Weekday hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday hours are 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.

For more information on tickets, click here. *Tickets to the musical events are sold separately*

Grant Park is located at 337 E Randolph St. The festival will run between Monroe Street and Balboa Drive.

HEADS UP: Metra adds service on some lines for Taste of Chicago

  • Columbus, from Monroe to Balbo and from Balbo to Roosevelt (Balbo remains open to traffic)
  • Jackson, from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

WATCH: OEMC discusses Taste of Chicago safety

OEMC Director Rich Guidice discusses safety protocols for the Taste of Chicago.

This year, 80 restaurants will participate in the festival, including 24 pop-ups and 17 food trucks. For those returning to the Taste, 36 of the participating food vendors are new.

Beverage tents are located throughout the festival and feature soft drinks and over 20 types of beers, wines and specialty drinks.

WATCH: BJ's Market & Baker cooks up Taste of Chicago menu items

Longtime Taste of Chicago participant Chef John Meyer of BJ's Market & Baker joined ABC7 to show us what he's cooking up this year.

  • 40 five-day participants
  • 24 pop-ups
  • 16 food trucks
  • 300+ menu items to suit every palate

The 39th Annual Taste of Chicago food festival kicks off Wednesday in Grant Park.

For a full list of restaurants and vendors, click here.

The Petrillo Music Shell will feature a diverse mix of musical acts.

FULL LINE UP: Taste of Chicago 2019 music lineup announced
Concerts will begin at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and begin at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Opening acts include Sunflower Bean, Taylor Bennett and Joywave. Other guests, include De La Soul, The Strumbellas and India.Arie.

Cost: Tickets to the main stage are generally $25 to $50.

You can find more information or order tickets, here.

This year's Taste will feature fun for the entire family including a return of the Taste of Chicago's Ferris wheel, multiple inflatable play areas for kids as well as the Farm to Festival horticulture event.

You can find more information here.

Just looking to have some fun- hold the food? Well you're still in luck with tons of activities like the daily "The Mermaid Dive Show" featuring some of best Kit Kat Lounge performers!

There's also the free Silent Disco going on every day or bust your moves at the SummerDance party!

As part of the Year of Chicago Theatre, the Theatre Garden will showcase local theater talent with musicals, improv & sketch comedy shows happening daily.


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