Newbies at Taste of Chicago show diversity of city’s restaurants


This year’s 26th annual Taste of Chicago, which started June 24 and continues through July 3, features a dozen new vendors in the total mix of 59, adding even more cultural diversity to the expected Windy City favorites.

While a large number of vendors, nearly a dozen this year, continue to offer some of Chicago’s iconic hot sandwiches, pizza and barbecue, it’s the ethnic specialties that truly demonstrate the richness of the city’s restaurant world, offering a microcosm of Chicago’s pattern of immigration. Representing countries from around the world, cuisines include Chinese and Southeast Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, Mexican and other Latin, African, Caribbean, Jewish, Greek, Italian, Brazilian, Polish and British flavors.

All vendors are serving six dishes, of which two are smaller “taste” sizes for $2 or less. A total of 20 menu boards will have a “green apple” icon next to an item, signifying Humana Healthier Choices endorsements for entrees under 500 calories or appetizers and desserts under 320 calories.

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