| Jul 27, 2012
| 12:08 PM
The rock-and-roll partying by the musical acts at this year’s Taste of Chicago featured lots of soy milk and purified drinking water, if the artists’ contracts are any indication.
The city paid out at least $655,000 to the bands that...
| Aug 4, 2012
To sum up Lollapalooza's food lineup in terms of its musical headliners, this year's Chow Town roster is less Black Keys (currently hip) and more Ozzy Osbourne (nostalgically hip).
Curated for the last three years by chef Graham Elliot, Lollapalooza's...
| Apr 19, 2012
| 6:03 AM
The first paid concerts in Taste of Chicago history will be announced Thursday, including performances by Jennifer Hudson, Death Cab for Cutie, Chaka Khan and Dierks Bentley.
On Wednesday, the Chicago City Council approved a $25 fee for the 3,000-seat...
| Apr 25, 2012
UPDATE: THE POLLS HAVE CLOSED. CHECK BACK LATER THIS WEEK TO FIND OUT WHO MADE THE FINAL 4!
After 9 years of facing off Chicago bands in our Rock ‘n’ Vote competition, you might think the city would run out of strong candidates.
You would be...
| Apr 21, 2012
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the musician with a foodie streak, and Graham Elliot, the chef and music buff, have announced a joint venture to create food and music events for private events, industry parties and food-and-wine festivals.
Call it hip-hop...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 10:10 PM
The 33rd annual Taste of Chicago, racked by budget cuts in recent years, has booked an in-demand band for its opening concert July 10: fun.
The New York City trio recently won two Grammy awards, for song of the year (the ubiquitous “We are Young&...
| Mar 11, 2013
Hot off the Grammys (and their extremely questionable Best New Artist win), Fun will headline the opening night of this summer’s Taste of Chicago (July 10-14) in Grant Park, fest organizers announced Monday morning.
The group, whose eagerness to...
| Mar 13, 2013
| 10:52 AM
A group of aldermen today called for hearings on whether Taste of Chicago should be restructured or even eliminated in the face of years of financial losses.
Ald. Robert Fioretti, a sponsor of the non-binding resolution, suggested Taste may have run...
| Jan 30, 2013
Before he became the lead singer of "MoneyGrabber" band Fitz and the Tantrums and was performing on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Fitz" was Michael Fitzpatrick — son of former Museum of Contemporary Art director and...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Chicago’s festival season will begin in May, with the lineup of music and food soirees released by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events on Wednesday. Following is the schedule, with dates subject to change:
| Mar 4, 2012
On March 4, 1837, exactly 175 years ago, Chicago was incorporated. Not that Flashback needed a reason, but we took this occasion to compile a very long list of events, year by year and decade by decade, that helped shape this great city.