Taco Fest

Dates: August 24-25, 2024
Location: On Southport between Addison & Roscoe
Hours: 11AM-10PM both days
Demographics: Upscale, educated families 25-54; urban sophisticates; foodies


  • 15 to 18 of Chicago’s best taco restaurants and stands.
  • Top name, national music headliners.
  • Two stages.
  • Text to Vote Contest.
  • Authentic Mexican wrestling demonstrations.
  • Elaborate kids area.


The glorious taco gets the attention it deserves when the tortilla-wrapped fave gets the spotlight treatment at Chicago’s Taco Fest set to return this fall for its 10th 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. 

Between 15 and 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 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 quickly become an icon.

Sponsorship Opportunity

Sponsorship of 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

Events & Venues

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January Events

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February Events

Randolph Street Market

March Events

St Paddys Day Run

May Events

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

November Events

Polish Independence 10K Run/Walk
Randolph Street Market

Year Round Opportunities

Norine Smyth

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