When it comes to Taste of Chicago, showing restraint is easier said than done.
With sights and smells from over 60 local food venders, it can be easy for one to spiral into a self-induced food coma. Luckily, another year of stellar (and free) entertainment will help you break away from temptation. On Wednesday morning, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events shared the fest’s official headliners for 2018.
The 38th annual installment will feature legendary funk pioneer George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, as well as psychedelic rockers, The Flaming Lips. Additional headliners, including Black Star (Mos Def and Talib Kweli), Brandi Carlile, and Juanes are scheduled to perform at Petrillo Music Shell from July 11th-15th.
Taste of Chicago remains the world’s largest food festival, drawing nearly 3 million annual attendees.
Although the festival’s popularity rides on an expansive variety of local cuisine, its entertainment is often overlooked. It even seems viable to charge for lawn admission. However, the fact that performances remain free makes the fest incredibly underrated. The city of Chicago goes above and beyond to incorporate a diverse yet appealing list of artists each year, solidifying the Taste as a premiere summer highlight.
While lawn admission remains free, affordable seated pavilion tickets are available for purchase at the Taste of Chicago website.
Check out the day-by-day schedule of Petrillo Music Shell performances below.
July 11: Brandi Carlile with Martha Redbone Roots Project (5:30 p.m.)
July 12: Juanes with La Santa Cecilia (5:30 p.m.)
July 13: Black Star with Madame Gandhi (5:3o p.m.)
July 14: The Flaming Lips with Le Butcherettes and Half Gringa (4:30 p.m.)
July 15: George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic with BJ the Chicago Kid and The Boy Illinois (3:30 p.m.)