Taste of Lincoln Ave

This party's on fire

If you’re looking for the ultimate food and music experience all in one weekend, the Taste of Lincoln Avenue is for you. This festival has been going strong since 1984 and will be in full-swing again on Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30.


Food and Fun

While the official vendor list for this year has not been announced yet, let’s take a look at the great eats from years past to get a feel for what will be on the menu for 2017. Taco in a Bag served up some (you guessed it!) tacos in a bag. Think walking taco meets gourmet ingredients. Local restaurants like Lincoln Station (loaded baked potatoes—yes please!), Bacci Pizzeria (home of the jumbo slice), and Mrs. Murphy & Sons Irish Bistro (has anyone heard of Irish BBQ? Now you have!) came prepared to feed the masses.


This festival isn’t just for grownups, kids will have a ball too! The Taste of Lincoln’s Kids’ Carnival is full of games, face-painting, inflatable slides and jumpy houses, and other activities. There is also a stage dedicated solely to kid-friendly entertainment for toddler to elementary school-age kids. The Kids’ area is located on the 800 block of West Altgeld between Halsted and Lincoln Ave, and it is recommended to enter through the Halsted entrance.


Tasting Within the Taste

Wine aficionados rejoice, the Taste of Lincoln is gearing up to add a classier element to the festival. In its second year, there will be a wine tasting where the wine-curious can sample 15 wines from around the world in a VIP stand-alone area at the Taste. Tickets for the wine tasting run $30 each and include all-day access to the tasting area and, of course, the wine! A complete list of the wines available for sampling is available here.


More is always better, right? When it comes to music, absolutely! The Taste of Lincoln features two main stages that will be grooving from 1pm to 10pm every day. On opposite sides of the festival, the Fullerton Stage to the south is all about tribute bands with groups such as Abba Salute, Think Floyd, The Who’s Who, Journey Unauthorized, and the Led Zeppelin Experience, to name a few. To the north of the festival is the Wrightwood Stage that will have an eclectic array of music featuring local Chicago acts like Chi Town Soul and Doors of Chicago. Make sure you put your dancing shoes on, you won’t want to miss this! Check out the full lineup here!


Like The Taste of Lincoln Avenue’s Facebook page for the most up to date information about bands, food, and volunteering.



Taste of Lincoln Avenue

Where: Between W Wrightwood Ave and W Fullerton Pkwy

When: Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30 from noon to 10pm.

Admission: $10 at the gate for all-day entry



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