Saturday July 2nd we set out to go to the taste of Chicago. Mode of transportation, the Metra train. It is the easiest way to get downtown when there is a huge event going on. The walk from Union Station to Grant Park was not too bad, but it is still a good 10 blocks.
Let me just say that large crowds amuse me to no end. Seeing people push each other and argue over food or a porta-potty makes me smile. You see people from all different backgrounds having to interact in the same space. Speaking of space, personal space goes from cushy to non-existent once you are in the middle of that crowd.
I had never been to the Taste of Chicago on a weekend and now I know why. The number of people had to reach levels never seen before. It was amazing to see the sea of people with little streams running in all directions. Entertaining, that is the only way to describe the lines for people to get food. *Logtar tip* when in a large crowd try to enter the stands from the sides it seems to get a lot more results than following one of the center lines. It was crazy anyway you look at it.
Was the food good? Absolutely! I had deep dish Chicago style spinach Pizza, boneless ribs, funnel cake, Eli’s Cheesecake, and some ice cream. I wish I could have had more, but it was next to impossible to get more. The crowds did not let up as the day went on.
Santana and Los Lonely Boys were playing for free, the taste has entertainment every single day of the week and it is awesome to get to see big names play for free. I got to listen to a little of Carlos Santana playing, but actually getting to where you can see the show was just not going to happen.
Overall it was a great experience, I recommend it for anyone that wants to have good fun and fun. I do however advise against going on a weekend. If at all possible go to Chicago during the week and try to catch a free concert.