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It may still be cloudy and cold here in the Windy City, but believe it or not, summer is on its way!

In case you need a good warm-weather event to look forward to during these final days of less-than-ideal weather, the organizers at Taste of Chicago at Grant Park have given all of us a good reason to begin summer dreaming by announcing the food festival’s lineup of concerts.

The headliners at this summer’s Petrillo Music Shell Concerts represent a wide array of talent.

The list includes the following: hip-hop act (and Jimmy Fallon’s house band on “The Tonight Show,”) The Roots; alternative rock band KONGOS; indie-folk-rock band The Decemberists, rock legend Billy Idol, and the long-standing Isley Brothers.

Planning to attend? Tickets for each concert go on sale Friday, April 29 at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be purchased online at the Taste of Chicago’s website by clicking the link here.

One of the bonuses is that those who don’t want to purchase tickets can still listen to any of the shows – for free.

Pack a picnic and a blanket and arrive early to hear the concerts at Butler Field. You may not be able to see the stage, but there are projector screens around the field to give you a glimpse of the headliners – no matter where you sit.


Here’s the full lineup for this year’s concerts:

Wednesday, July 6

The Roots

Opening act: Donnie Trumpet

Concert begins at 5:30pm


Thursday, July 7


Opening act: Elle King, Transviolet

Concert begins at 5 p.m.


Friday, July 8

The Decemberists

Opening act: Shakey Graves

Concert begins at 5:30 p.m.


Saturday, July 9

Billy Idol

Opening act: Sons of the Silent Age

Concert begins at 4:30 p.m.


Sunday, July 10

The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald and Ernie Isley

Opening act: Sheila E.

Concert begins at 4:30 p.m.


For a full list of each day’s musical lineup, take a look at the schedule here.


This year’s Taste takes place from July 6-10 in Grant Park. Admission is free.

The Taste of Chicago is the city’s largest food festival showcasing the diversity of the area’s culinary community. The edible offerings at the Taste come with a side of live music performances and family activities.