Chicago Taco Festival

Dates: September 21-22, 2019
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe
Demographics: Upscale, educated families 25-54; urban sophisticates; foodies

• 15 to 18 top taco restaurants and stands.
• Sam Adams beer pairings.
• Top name, national music headliners.
• Two stages.
• Text to Vote Contest.
• Authentic Mexican wrestling demonstrations.
• Elaborate kids area.


The glorious taco will finally get the attention it has long deserved when the
tortilla-wrapped fave gets the spotlight treatment at Chicago’s Taco Fest set to
return this fall for its third year. After all, everyone (and we do mean everyone)
loves tacos!

Whether one prefers theirs with a hard or soft shell and filled with a meat, fish,
chicken, guacamole or one of dozens of imaginative ingredients, this September
happening definitely raises the bar for the Windy City’s outdoor street fest scene.

Approximately 18 of Chicago’s top taco restaurants / stands offer their specialty
taco recipes, while Sam Adams pairs their many delicious beers with these
creative delights. The audience is invited to text their vote for Chicago’s Best
Taco- crowning the winner with the coveted title.

This early Autumn event features big name, national entertainment from it’s Main
Stage which operates continually throughout the Fest, and features authentic
Mexican wrestling demonstrations intermittently throughout the festival.

Held in the epicenter of the demographically hot Southport Corridor, in addition to
food and music Taco Fest Chicago will feature fine arts & crafts and plenty of fun
activities for kids and families.

This event is packed from the moment it opens to its final closing moments. It is
one of the very last events of Chicago’s festival season, and has already become
an icon.

Events & Venues

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January Events

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March Events

St Paddys Day Run
Randolph Street Market

May Events

American Brain Tumor Walk
The Lucky 13
Southwest Half Marathon
Lincoln Park Wine Festival
San Diego Taco Fest
Randolph Street Market
Do Division
Taste of Mexico
Lincoln Park Greek Fest

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

December Events

Year Round Opportunities

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Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship of Sam Adams Taco Fest gives brands and companies the opportunity to target this large audience of young, upscale, urban professionals and foodies at one of Chicago’s most popular and unique food-centric festivals.


The Sponsor Benefits Menu includes but is not limited to:
• Naming Rights to the event, event attractions, stages
• Logo inclusion in print ads; collateral
• Tags in radio spots
• Links, logos and landing pages on event website


• PR Inclusion
• Signage
• Stage Signage
• On-site sales/sampling/couponing
• On-site display space
• Customized promotions
• Use of marks and logos