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2015 Taste of Randolph Preview

June 16 2015 - 9:00 AM

This weekend, June 19-21st marks the 19th annual Taste of Randolph Street produced by StarEvents! The street fest gives Chicagoans the opportunity to try some of the best West Loop restaurants on “Restaurant Row” while enjoying a full live music line-up on three stages.

The 2015 restaurant line-up includes festival first-timers, Nonna’s (gourmet sandwiches and pastries from Chefs Tony Quartaro and Sarah Koechling), Formentos (traditional Italian family recipes, alongside new Italian-American favorites, created by Chef Tony Quartaro), Tete Charcuterie (a mix of French and Chicago-inspired charcuterie from Executive Chefs, Thomas Rice and Kurt Guzowski), La Sirena Clandestina (Brazilian and modern American cuisine), Soho House Chicago’s Pizza East and Chicken Shop, and Nando’s Peri Peri (Portuguese chicken originating from South Africa).

Other restaurants in attendance include Alhambra, bellyQ, City Winery, Cone Gourmet Ice Cream, Graham Elliot Bistro, Grange Hall Burger Bar, Hello Tacos, La Luce, La Sardine, Nicholas Quality Meats, Porkchop, Publican Quality Meats, Starfruit Café, The Great Grape, Vivo and Wishbone.

Also new at this year’s event will be a ‘Restaurant Oasis’, from the bellyQ restaurant team, where festival-goers will have the chance to sample delicious menu items from select restaurants off Randolph (located at Randolph and Carpenter – from 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm on Saturday and Sunday).

The live music line-up includes American alternative rock band, Dinosaur Jr; Portland-based psychedelic post punk band, The Dandy Warhols; L.A.-based surf pop rockers, Best Coast, Boston-born funk outfit, Lettuce, Portland’s Emancipator Ensemble, and a DJ Dance Stage hosted by The Mid. There also will be official Taste of Randolph after-parties taking place at Bottom Lounge and City Winery.

New this year, attendees can purchase a limited number of VIP tickets priced at $40 per person for a one-day pass and $100 per person for a three-day pass. The VIP experience includes reserved viewing stands, lounge seating, private restroom trailers, and discounted beer and food options.

A $10 donation is suggested for admission to benefit the West Loop Community, where residents, visitors and businesses have an active voice in decisions affecting the neighborhood parks, development, schools, traffic, and safety.

For more information about Taste of Randolph Street including full restaurant and music line-ups, and VIP ticket information visit