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Taste of Chicago is back and this year promises to be a uniquely Chicago experience AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast
Pedestrians enter the Taste of Chicago in Grant Park Friday, July 13, 2012. Once a 10 day affair that wrapped around July 4th, the "Taste" has been shortened to five. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

There are two things Chicagoans love about their city- the food and the music- making Taste of Chicago a great way to spend a summer day.

Taste of Chicago showcases the diverse foods in the community and is free to the public. They also strive to entertain with musical appearances each year and for their 37th Annual event, Taste of Chicago seems to have stepped up.

This year, the Bud Light Stage will be hosting some of Chicago?s local talent as well as bigger artist who will perform on the main stage.

?This year?s Taste of Chicago is a cultural event for all of your senses with uniquely-Chicago food and beverage experiences, street art, dancing and a phenomenal music lineup,? Mark Kelly, Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, told Chicago Now. ?We are especially excited to feature high caliber national artists along with top local musicians.?

The main stage line-up includes acts such as multi-platinum singer-songwriter Alessia Cara and the Grammy award winning band, Cafe Tacvba.

Taste of Chicago is being held July 5-9 in Grant Park and tickets for the seating area at the Petrillo Music Shell go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. on the Taste of Chicago website.

Petrillo Music Shell performers:

Wednesday, July 5, 5:30 p.m.

Alessia Cara

Eryn Allen Kane

Thursday, July 6, 5:30 p.m.

Café Tacvba

¡Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat with Los Vicios de Papá

Friday, July 7, 5:30 p.m.

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

Twin Peaks

Saturday, July 8, 4:30 p.m.

Passion Pit

The Kickback

Sunday, July 9, 4:30 p.m.

The O’Jays

Maurice Jackson’s Independents

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Bud Light Stage performers:

Wednesday, July 5    R&B/Hip Hop Day

Thursday, July 6    Latin Day

Friday, July 7    Folk and Country Day

Saturday, July 8    Rock the Taste!

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Sunday, July 9    Cornucopia of Music!

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Samantha Malone About the author:
Sam is a a 19-year-old Chicago-based writer who spends her free time working on music. She is a passionate writer interested in entertainment. At any time of day, Sam can be found writing or working on her new music.
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