Taste of Chicago 2010 June 30th live music and entertainment schedule

On Wednesday, June 30, 2010, the food, live music and entertainment extravaganza Taste of Chicago 2010 will be half-over. But that shouldn't stop you from coming out to enjoy the great Chicago-style food. A myriad of music and other entertainment still abounds on the various stages placed throughout the festival area. This 10 day festival has fun for the entire family and entertainment to suit almost every taste.

Stage Locations: In case you are just showing up for the festival, jot down the locations of the various stages. The Petrillo Music Shell is located at Jackson & Columbus Dr. The bands start later in the day at the Petrillo compared to the other two main stages. The Illinois Lottery Taste Stage is located at Balbo & Columbus Dr. Each day the ILT Stage has a different theme for its performances. The Best Buy Stage is located in Grant Park at Jackson & Lake Shore Dr. Both the Family Village and the Fun Stage are located at the southwest corner of Columbus & Jackson.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Live Music

  • Petrillo Music Shell. The music starts at 5:30pm at the Petrillo Music Shell. Brett Dennen is the opening act, followed by Mat Kearney.
  • The Illinois Lottery Taste Stage. The theme for today is Salute to the 80s and the entertainment starts with some 80s Trivia and a "Best 80s Fashion" contest from 12-1 pm. 16 Candles hits the stage from 1:20-2:20 pm, followed by more 80s Trivia and the "Best 80s Hair" contest from 2:40-3:40 pm. Libido Funk Circus has the stage from 4-5 pm, and then Audiodrive takes over from 5:20-6:20 pm. Hairbangers Ball is the closing act from 6:40-8 pm.
  • Best Buy Stage. Today's entertainment begins at 11 am. Taroniah Rice kicks it off from 11 am-12 pm, followed by Black Love Affair from 12:30-1:30 pm. Just Infinite has the stage from 2-3 pm, and then Jennifair takes over from 3:30-4:30 pm. Camille G. Brown closes from 5-6 pm.

Family Village Activities. There's plenty to do in the Family Village today. Children can enjoy a variety of activities starting at 11am .

In addition to the new activities, the following activities are still being offered: an Insect petting & worm composting demo (11am-3pm), a Jumping Jack inflatable (11am-5pm), and face painting, crafts, and games (11am-6pm).

Morning and early afternoon activities include: the opportunity to Launch A Rocket with Adler Planetarium staff (11 am-2 pm), joining the Museum of Science & Industry as they Explore Science (11 am-2:30 pm), enjoy Little Rocker Activities with 93XRT (11 am-7 pm), and meet Mayor Daley’s Bicycle Ambassadors (11 am-7 pm).

Afternoon activities include: games & displays with the US Customs & Border Protection (2:30-7 pm), a Teddy Bear Clinic hosted by the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital (3-7 pm), and the opportunity to learn about energy conservation, recycling & more with information from the US EPA (3:30-7 pm).

Fun Time Stage. It's Little Rockers Day today, and the event is being hosted by 93XRT. The day starts at 11:30 am with the XRT Show broadcasting live. The School of Rock takes the stage at 12:30 pm, followed at 1:30 pm by Rock For Kids. At 2:30 pm the XRT Show takes over again, until 3:30 pm when Old Town School of Folk Music presents Young Stracke All-Stars & Friends. The Dreamtree Shakers Quartet, also presented by Old Town School of Folk Music takes over at 4:30 pm, and 2nd Thought closes it out at 5:30 pm.

Written by Sandi Bird on June 26, 2010