What’s Going On at the Taste of Chicago Today? (July 9, 2021)

Though many of Chicago’s favorite street and music festivals are primed to return to the city this summer, not all of them will look the same. Perhaps no more evident of that is the reimagined Taste of Chicago festival that began this week in a pop-up or to-go type rendition of the most iconic food festival in the world.

Each day we’ll deliver the events around-the-city schedule so you know what you need to do in order to experience this new-look version of the Taste of Chicago! Day one was a massive success by all accounts! To take advantage of Friday’s festivities, check out the round up below.


Friday, July 9

  • 4–8pm, Taste of Chicago To-Go Presents Puerto Rican Food, Coffee and Storytelling

  • This Taste of Chicago event includes a conversation with Marisel Vera, author of “The Taste of Sugar,” at ¡WEPA! Mercado del Pueblo (2559 W. Division St.). Acclaimed local author Marisel Vera is a proud Boricua — and her novel “The Taste of Sugar” was recognized as one of 12 best Latinx books of 2020 by NBC News and the “Best New Novel by a Chicagoan” by the Chicago Reader.
  • 5–8pm, Taste on Tap: A Special Event at Goose Island Brewery’s Tap Room

  • (1800 W. Fulton St.) Featuring a wide array of Goose Island’s brews and a one-night-only “TASTE of CHICAGO” pint. A commemorative koozie will be in limited supply and Goose Island Brewery will donate a portion of the proceeds from the evening to benefit My Block, My Hood, My City.

Taste of Chicago To-Go Food Trucks:  Food at the festival will include Cynthia’s Gumbo Express, Razpachos and Robinson’s No. 1 Ribs

DJs: Chess Hubbard and Armando Perez


For more information on the Taste of Chicago, visit the city’s website at chicago.gov. For more information on the entirety of Chicago’s festival schedule this month, check out our round up of both festivals and concerts going on throughout the city this month.

If you missed it, here’s what went on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the Taste of Chicago.


Feature Image Credit: The Taste of Chicago on Facebook