Family guide to the Taste of Chicago 2013

 
 

Food, music and games are set to take over Grant Park this week as the Taste of Chicago comes back for its 33rd year. Families won't get lost in the crowd at the nation's largest food festival; There are lots of activities, events, food and more designed with them in mind. Here is our guide to enjoying the Taste family style.

 
 

Family friendly hours

The Taste will have special family-friendly hours on Saturday and Sunday. The event opens at 10 a.m. on these days, an hour earlier than during the week, so families can make their way around a little easier before afternoon, evening and concert crowds. For more information on hours and prices, visit the Taste of Chicago's website.

 
 

"Taste of" portions

Restaurant vendors have made it easy for families to try multiple foods at the Taste. They are offering "Taste of" portions of select foods for 1-5 tickets per item. The smaller samples are great for little hands to enjoy snacks such as fresh fruit from Dominick's, pizza from Connie's and Italian ice from Tutto Italiano. See what's available before you go by viewing the event's brochure online.

 
 

The family village

Families have a village all their own at the Taste. The event has a special spot where kids and parents can play games, create crafts with local museums or even get their faces painted. There is also a convenient diaper changing station with free diapers from Dominick's. Admission to this area is free and it's located at the intersection of Jackson Blvd. and Columbus Drive.

 
 

Radio Disney's free concert

Tickets for most of the Taste's concerts are sold out, but Radio Disney is throwing a free concert on Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. that families can still catch. IM5 and Chloe and Halle will take the stage at the Petrillo Music Shell. If the kids get hungry while dancing to their favorite tunes, multiple food trucks will be close by.

 
 

Off to the races

Children ages 0-12 can run wild at the Taste by participating in the Fleet Feet Sports Kids' Dash. The races are structured by age and distance. The infants and toddlers can race in a 15-foot crawl or 20-yard dash while the tweens race in a quarter mile run. If families don't wish to compete in the structured races, they can race each other or the clock in an open area close by. The races are on Saturday, July 13 from 10:30-noon.

 
 
 







 
 
 
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