More than 1 million people attended this year’s Taste of Chicago. The annual food festival was forced to shut down Saturday due to the rain, a first for the festival, but bounced back Sunday thanks to the beautiful weather.
An estimated 1.1 million people attended this year’s festivities, according to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office. While the number is lower than last year’s 1.5 million attendees, the festival was only four days and Saturday is typically the festival’s biggest day.
“We consider this year’s Taste of Chicago a big success despite having to cancel a day for the first time in event history,” said Michelle T. Boone, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. “The crowds were incredible and the concerts, the diverse menu items and good weather for four of the five days delivered a terrific festival.”
Even with the rain, the star of the Taste of Chicago was the more than 300 menu items from 64 restaurants and food trucks, including 21 new participants. Some of the impressive food numbers include:
- Bill Goat: 7,000 “Cheeseborgers”
- Carbon: 16,000 tacos
- Eli’s Cheesecake: 35,000 slices
- Gold Coast Dogs: 7,200 Chicago Style hot dogs
- Mariano’s: 21,960 watermelon slices
- Mariano’s: 14,770 ears of sweet corn
- Lou Malnati’s: 33,000 slices
- Original Rainbow Cone: 15,000 cones