Driving, Parking, and Traveling Tips for The Taste of Chicago
Parking is brutal. There’s no two ways about it. Street parking, which is usually hard to find in the area, is nonexistent during Taste of Chicago. There are some nearby lots, but they cost a pretty penny and fill up fast. Best advice is to book ahead of time and take the guesswork out – check out some Taste of Chicago parking options.
Public transit is actually a solid option, if you don’t mind having your face jammed in someone’s armpit for the whole ride (these options get a bit cramped and sweaty this time of year). CTA bus lines #145 and #151 will both get you there (just pay attention and exit at the stop at Monroe and Michigan). For the EL, Grant Park is just east of both Red and Blue line subway stops. If you’re coming from the south, check out the Metra, which will get you to the right area (bonus tip – sit up top for more room and a better view!)
Combine the two! There are tons of parking options in downtown Chicago, River North, the South Loop, and other neighborhoods. Rather than taking a bunch of public transit, the easiest option might be just to drive close to the festival, park for cheap, and then bus or subway the rest of the way. Best of all, this makes for a quick getaway! Aren’t you clever?
Ride your bike! The weather in Chicago is beautiful in the summer, and the scenery along the water is gorgeous, so why not hop on a bike or walk to the grounds? As an added bonus, you’ll feel better about stuffing 5000 calories of food into your gullet over the course of the day. Check out the rental options at BikeChicago.
If saving money isn’t your thing, taxis are always an option. However, if you’d rather spend your money on delicious food and drink, we don’t recommend it, especially because hailing a taxi when you’re ready to leave is a nightmare. If you are a high roller and want to go with this option, you might want to check out a car service such as Uber, which will allow you to call a reserved car when you are ready to leave the festival. Plus, you’ll look like a VIP, which is boss.
Think outside the box! Water taxis, pedicabs … sometimes, getting there is half the fun!
Resources for getting to the Taste of Chicago
Book parking ahead of time to save yourself time and hassle. Just input your destination, browse through the options, and reserve before you travel to the Taste of Chicago.
Need bus or EL schedules? Plan ahead of time to make sure that you know where you’re going and don’t spend precious time waiting at stations.
A blog entry about helpful tips and tricks for finding parking around Grant Park.
Check out the layout before you get there, and plan your route to make sure you hit all of the highlights.
Take a moment to learn about the history of this massive event!