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  1. May I ask for clarification of which festival? If you're talking Taste of Chicago, skip the whole thing. It's really just the average chicago restaurants hawking overpriced poor food. The Taste of Ranolph is much better.

    1. Yes, which food festival?

      If you're referring to the Taste of Chicago, there are extensive discussions where you can read opinions on whether to go, and if so, what to try:

      Taste of Chicago 2009 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/613855
      Taste of Chicago 07 - http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/394355

      If you'd like to see a listing of food festivals around the city, go to the city tourism website www.explorechicago.org and then, on the left where it says "Find events", select the type as "culinary events".

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      1. re: nsxtasy

        I am traveling from Toronto and was thinking of going to the Taste of Chicago but after reading all the postings I am second guessing it. Doesn't sound like very many people like it.

        1. re: katbri

          I've said it before and I'll say it again. Don't plan a trip to Chicago for the Taste. Buit if you are in town for it, do a little research on it (i.e. persue the map, see what restaurants are there, what the gormet tent is offering that day), go early and expect to have a good time. You can grab something to eat and sit in the grass and enjoy the moment. And honestly, if you are in town during the Taste, you are going to have a hard time missing it. It is pretty much central to most of the tourist spots (museum campus, AI, Buckingham Fountain, Millenium Park)

          1. re: katbri

            Yup. Since it's right downtown and admission is free, try it! If you see booths selling foods you want to try, buy some food tickets and try some things. If you're enjoying it, you can stay as long as you like, and if at any point you find that you're not enjoying yourself, you can leave.