Taste of Chicago
331 E. Randolph St.
Cost: Free. Rides and food cost extra.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. July 10-14, 2013
It's the biggest for a reason: It's the best. What Taste of Chicago lacks in general user-friendliness (crowded trains and buses, predictably blistering weather, never a bathroom when you need one) it more than makes up for in scope, sights and tamales you'll remember until next year.