Taste of Chicago 2008 Review

Noticeably gone this year was the water log ride. I guess it was replaced with the Illinois Lottery Taste Stage? But that mad the ride for the United Ferris Wheel longer since that was the only teenage and adult ride.

There was definitely a lot of Olympic promotion going on, there was a nice fenced off area so you can view the balloon and flags with the Olympic insignias.

There was also a Jumbo Screen TV by Buckingham fountain. Not a lot of interest, especially since people go to events to get away from TV. Also it was playing reruns of late night TV shows.

The family village was moved to the front rather than the end, at least everyone with kids did not have to go far to find something of interest for the children.

It seems like tickets did not go very far. It seems like everything cost more tickets.

One of the new food vendors Hash browns did a lot with sweet potatoes from hash browns to cheesecake. One of my son's had both and said they were great. The Adobo Grill was also new and the chips and guacamole were good. I was glad I did not want to wait in the long line of one of the new food vendors last year that had contamination issues, and I did not see them this year.

The good old vendors, BJ's mustard fried catfish is always good. Mazzone's Italian ice is always good. Sabor Latino I am sure this one only it's second year I stayed away from it's steak and onion sandwich because the meat was way too chewy last year.

Polo Cafe from Bridgeport has a don't miss crab cake nuggets, one son had two full orders of these.
The Oak Street Beach Cafe's grilled shrimp is something my other son never wants to miss, he had to hit this booth again this year.
Franco's Ristorante has a watermelon Italian ice that everyone should try, we have to get that every year.

Tutto Italiano had Italian fries one son thought they needed ketchup, we went there for the Coconut lime sorbet, but that was changed to the chocolate chip gellatto, one son and I are lactose intolerant, but the son who was not said it was good ice cream. The only Greek Town Restaurant there was Costa's, there Greek chicken on a pita was good as usual.

Even though a lot of people were getting the plates full of homemade potato chips from Harry Carey's, we had to pass on that.

There was the usual tour boats selling tours at Buckingham fountain. I don't know when they are going to build a bridge over LSD (Lake Shore Drive, or an underpass like they have up north by North Avenue, so people could cross at Queen's Landing again. It was nice when you could cross there instead of going all the way to Balbo.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    Yum, Yum. Did you go the event this year?
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yep, every year.
    SP Biloxi said...
    I see that your two boys went to the event. Sounds like they had a good time. The event like that in my area are too expensive. But, I heard that the Taste of Chicago event is awesome.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Gee, I thought the exciting entertainment got replaced by the Gangbangers Shoot Out at the Not OK Corral.

    Forget Iraq, our war is between gangbangers, with what almost seems like a death a day. Who knows how many get shot and injured, it only makes the news if someone dies.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    P.S. Bringing out the National Guard to patrol the streets is a good idea, only if they are heavily armed and have Iraq or Afghanistan experience. Those who stayed home to wash windows and process paperwork in triplicate should stay away from the gangbangers. At least there aren't any roadside bombs in Chicago . . . yet.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Yes, now besides CC Sheriff Tom Dart being attacked (I will have a nice long post on that tommorrow) and Chicago Police Jody Wies Superintendant being beat up by Blagojevich.....too much in one day. To just sent in the Guard is more complicated, they would need to spend time coordinating with the CPD or it will be more mayhem. Jody Weis is still on track for keeping murders under 500, as you recall there were many years above 1000.
    Too much mud slinging ,and yet here we go again for a nice big long battle down in Springfield over the budget, and Blago will just cut funds for many programs, no hesitation. It is just a never ending battle in Springfield, just an ugly mess.

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