Coming off the 4th of July weekend, how can we top that? Let me tell you how we can try…
Stay tuned for a “taste of the Taste!”
The Taste of Chicago
Date: Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Saturday & Sunday
Location: Grant Park, Chicago
The city of Chicago website states that the Taste of Chicago is the nation’s premier outdoor food festival showcasing the diversity of Chicago’s dining community. Every summer since 1980, Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park on the city’s magnificent lakefront has been home to the world’s largest food festival.
Join our sister station, 101.1 WKQX on Thursday night for the KONGOS, Elle King and Transviolet. Click here for the concert info.
Instead of dancing with yourself, join 97.9 WLUP for the Billy Idol concert on Saturday, July 9 at the Taste of Chicago! Here’s the info.
Jen heads to the Taste
Enjoy live podcast recording all weekend at the “Food For Thought” tent. Chicago celebrities including Kevin Matthews and Hot Doug Sohn are just a couple of local talent with podcasts featured at this stage. For more information, click here!
Sting and Peter Gabriel
Date: Saturday, July 9
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: United Center, Chicago
Peter and Sting first toured together in 1986 with Amnesty International in the USA and subsequently the World in 1988 and they have been friends ever since.
Steve Dahl Book Signing
Date: Friday, July 8
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. with an after party down the street until ???
Location: Co-Prosperity, Bridgeport
Join Steve Dahl and WLS for the signing of his book, Disco Demolition: The Night Disco Died, with Dave Hoekstra. Books WILL be available for purchase at the event. An exhibition of documentary photographs by Paul Natkin from the infamous evening also on display!
To capture the gestalt of the occasion, a soundtrack of disco and rock music from the period will be compiled by DJs Joe Bryl and Logan Bay.
Roscoe Village Burger Fest
Date: Saturday, July 9 – Sunday, July 10
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Location: South Roscoe Village at Diversey & Clybourn
An $8 donation benefits the Roscoe Village Chamber of Commerce.
Here are the Vendors…
White Sox at Home vs. Atlanta
Connor McKnight LIVE Pre-Game Broadcast from the Xfinity Zone
Join Connor McKnight at the Xfinity Zone in Section 112 of U.S. Cellular Field before the game on Friday, July 8 for the pre-game show LIVE beginning at 6:30 p.m.!
Irish American Heritage Festival
Date: Friday, July 8 – Sunday, July 10
Time: Friday 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m., Saturday noon to 1:00 a.m., Sunday 11:00 a.m. to midnight
Location: Mayfair, Chicago
From the website: Celebrate all things Irish at the 31st annual Irish American Heritage Festival.
Irish Fest is July 8, 9 and 10 and showcases the finest in local and international Irish and American music, dance and family activities. The festival is an indoor and outdoor fest; rain or shine, held on the grounds of the Center at 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, and is one of its largest fundraisers.
Sunrise SUP YOGA
Date: Sunday, July 10
Time: 6:00 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
Location: Kayak Chicago at Montrose Beach
From the website: Practice under the rising sun for a magical SUP Yoga practice located at Montrose beach. Paddleboarding experience is required for this event – we will be on the water as the sun is rising overhead.
Includes all SUP equipment and SUP Yoga class.
This is a one day only event, only 6 spaces are available so register now to guarantee your space.
Meet at Kayak Chicago beach hut at least 15-20 minutes before. Registration is required for this event. Plenty of free on-site street parking available! Please arrive no later then 6:00am to participate.
Traffic Restrictions & Road Projects
Several street closures are in place for the Taste of Chicago until 4 p.m. Monday. Columbus is closed from Monroe to Balbo, and from Balbo to Roosevelt, according to the OEMC. Balbo remains open to traffic. Drivers are advised to take Lake Shore Drive on the east and State Street on the west to get around the Columbus closure.
Jackson is also closed from Michigan to Lake Shore Drive, and Congress is shut down from Columbus to Congress Parkway.
CTA and Public Transit Weekend Alerts
RED, ORANGE, GREEN, BROWN, BLUE LINES
Wednesday, July 6 – Sunday, July 10
Increased Capacity and More Frequent Service for Taste of Chicago
Wed to Fri, daily: Longer trains will operate between 95th/Dan Ryan and Howard until 12am next day. Trains from 95th/Dan Ryan will operate every 6 minutes from 6pm to 10pm.
Sat and Sun: Trains from 95th/Dan Ryan will operate every 6 minutes from 6:30pm to 10pm.
Wed to Fri, daily: Longer trains will operate between Midway and the Loop, 10am to 11pm.
Sat and Sun, daily: Longer trains will operate between Midway and the Loop, 9am to 12am next day.
Wed to Fri, daily: Longer trains will operate between Harlem/Lake and Ashland-Cottage Grove/63rd, 9:30am to 2:30pm.
Wed to Fri, daily: Longer trains will operate between Kimball and the Loop, 10am to 11pm.
Sat and Sun: Longer trains will operate between Kimball and the Loop, 9am to 12am next day.
Wed to Fri, daily: Longer trains will operate between Forest Park and O’Hare until 12 am next day.
Sat and Sun, daily: Longer trains will operate between Forest Park and O’Hare, 9am to 12am next day.
Why is service being changed?
Added service is being provided for the convenience of customers attending the 2016 Taste of Chicago.
Tuesday, July 5 at 9:00 p.m. to Tuesday, July 26 or completion
Forest Park-bound Trains Bypass Irving Park Station
How does this affect my trip?
Forest Park-bound trains will not stop at Irving Park station.
For service from Irving Park station, take an O’Hare-bound train to Montrose and transfer to a Forest Park-bound train.
For service to Irving Park station, take a Forest Park-bound train to Addison and transfer to an O’Hare-bound train.
Consider using the adjacent Blue Line stations at Montrose and Addison, where trains in both directions will continue to stop.
The #78 Montrose bus connects with the Montrose Blue Line station and the #152 Addison bus connects with the Addison Blue Line station.
The #78, #152 and #80 Irving Park buses also connect with the Red and Brown lines farther east, the #82 Kimball/Homan bus connects with the Belmont Blue Line station, and the #56 Milwaukee bus connects with the Blue Line at Jefferson Park or Logan Square, and continues southeast into downtown. The Metra Union Pacific Northwest Line service to downtown is also available at Irving Park station, located a short walk west of the CTA Irving Park station.