Taste of Chicago draws to a close

July 6, 2008 8:38:09 PM PDT
Sunday was the last day for the ten-day Taste of Chicago.Sunny days with low humidity helped pack in people who craved giant turkey legs and cheesecake on sticks, among the many other tasty offerings.

Thousands flocked to lake front to get their last taste of Chicago since it shut down on Sunday evening.

Kathy Rocker from Fort Myers, Florida chose to make her last day her first chance to sample Chicago.

"Sometimes the last day is the best day though too, so I don't think we're missing out on anything," said Rocker.

As the city's food fest raged into its tenth and final day, thousands were on the lake front for a myriad of cuisine, all of them seeking a favorite Taste treat.

"The food is great. The pizza is great. Crawfish. Shrimp on a stick. It's real nice, good to see people in Chicago come out to have fun," said Alex Mack.

This year, three million people came to Taste of Chicago not only to experience the food but the flavor of the city. It's unclear how many gallons, ounces and pounds of food and beverage Taste-goers have been consumed over the 10 days, but food vendors have tried to supply it.

"For me, it's a glorious event. I get to go home. But it's good and people come to get their last-minute bites and eats and explore things," said Mary Madison.

This year the feeding frenzy took place under the watchful eyes of more police officers put in place after increased concerns about safety. Still, most folks focused on the food and the heat.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository will distribute the left-over food to soup kitchens and shelters so everyone can benefit from a taste of Chicago.


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