Taste of Chicago 2017: The Music Lineup Is In

taste of chicago music lineup 2017The 37th annual Taste of Chicago returns to bring a cultural experience that appeals to all the senses. On July 5 – 9 in Grant Park, enjoy one of the nation’s best free festivals that features world-class eats and chart-topping performers.

Many performers who played the Bud Light Stage last year are returning to take the main spotlight in the Petrillo Music Shell. This year’s headliners are Alessia Cara, Café Tacvba, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Passion Pit, and The O’Jays. Plus, the Bud Light Stage will feature the best local up-and-coming talent. A new feature to this year’s event is Sabor de Chicago, a celebration of the Chicago Latino community that includes dining, dancing, and performances on Thursday, July 6.


Presented by Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events with Illinois Restaurant Association, the Taste of Chicago takes place Wednesday – Friday from 11am – 9pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 9pm. Tickets for Petrillo Music Shell performances go on sale this Friday, May 5 at 10am.

Check out the complete Taste of Chicago music lineup:




Wednesday, July 5 at 5:30pm


Alessia Cara: Emerging in 2015 with her hit single, “Here”, this young pop sensation has only gained more fame with hits like “Scars to Your Beautiful” and “Stay” featuring Zedd.

Opener: Eryn Allen Kane


General Admission: $19 Premium: $32

Thursday, July 6 at 5:30pm


taste of chicago music lineup 2017Café Tacvba: Mexico’s Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band, titled with the “Number One Latin Rock Album of All Time” by Rolling Stone in 2013, hits the Chicago stage.

Opener: ¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá


General Admission: $22 Premium: $50

Friday, July 7 at 5:30pm


Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals: Formed in 1999, this three-time Grammy Award winner plays his signature mix of blues, folk, soul, reggae, and rock.

taste of chicago music lineup 2017Opener: Twin Peaks

General Admission: $22 Premium: $50

Saturday, July 8 at 4:30pm

Passion Pit: This indie electronica band plays upbeat hits like “Sleepyhead” and “Take a Walk.”

Opener: The Kickback

General Admission: $22 Premium: $50

Sunday, July 9 at 4:30pm

The O’Jays: This R&B and soul group has been performing for over 50 years and they’re hitting Chicago with early 70s classics.

Opener: Maurice Jackson’s Independents

General Admission: $22 Premium: $50


Bud Light Stage

Wednesday, July 5: R&B/Hip-Hop Day

Noon – Dej Monae

1:20pm – Maurice Jackson’s Independents

2:40pm – ShowYouSuck

4pm – Pinqy Ring

5:20pm – The Boy Illinois ChicagoMade A&R Winner

6:40pm – Justin Ruff ChicagoMade A&R Winner

Thursday, July 6: Latin Music Day

Noon – Los Vicios de Papá

1:20pm – Vivian Garcia

2:40pm – The Luna Blues Machine

4pm – Mariachi Monumental

5:20pm – Contrabanda Live

6:40pm – Afinca’o

Friday, July 7: Folk and Country Day

Noon – Michael Riser Band

1:20pm – Clique James ChicagoMade A&R Winner

2:40pm – Swingabilly Slim

4pm – Jonas Friddle & The Majority

5:20pm – The Railway Gamblers

6:40pm – Jeff Givens & The Mugshot Saints

Saturday, July 8: Rock the Taste!

11am – Steve Ramone & The Pensioners

Noon – Blood Red Boots

1:20pm – Oceans Over Airplanes

2:40pm – Aeraco

4pm – The Gold Web

5:20pm – Bailiff

6:40pm – Split Single

Sunday, July 9: Cornucopia of Music!

11am – Laura Doherty & The Heartbeats (Kids Music)

Noon – Tovi Khali (Blues/Funk)

1:20pm – Aleph Beats (Afropop/Dance music)

2:40pm – Shuba (Pop/R&B) ChicagoMade A&R Winner

4pm – The Rad Trads (Jazzy/Rockin’ Soul)

5:20pm – Linsey Alexander (Blues)

6:40pm – The Waco Brothers (Alt Country)

Featured Image Credit: City of Chicago

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