"Come during Taste of Chicago,..." Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain Tip by DoctorDon
Grant Park - Buckingham Fountain, Chicago: 62 reviews and 103 photos
Come during Taste of Chicago, this year (2000) from June 30 through July 9. Over 70 restaurants sell samples of their food in a huge gathering that fills all of Grant Park on the lakefront. In the 10-day period, more than 3 million people will visit (3.76 in 1999). Fireworks over Lake Michigan on July 3rd, accompanied by the Chicago Chamber Orchestra (part of the CSO) live. Music almost every night, from country to Rock to R&B to alternative -- James Brown, Poi Dog Pondering, Joan Jett, misc., etc. This year the list includes Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Patti LaBelle, Michael McDonald, Kansas & Yes, Cracker and more.
It makes Mardi Gras look like a frat party. There's plenty to do/eat, and it's well patrolled; there is seldom any problems, and when there are small conflicts the police -- both in uniform & out -- are right there. People come from everywhere -- suburbs 50 miles away -- to this event. This is perhaps the best, more definitive example of WHAT Chicago is.
Address: 500 S Lake Shore Dr
Directions: Taste of Chicago is in Grant Park -- downtown, right along the lakefront; you quite literally can't miss it. If you are not staying in the downtown area, do yourself a big favor and take public transp
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