The 4th Annual Taste of Uptown is an event that celebrates Uptown’s amazing cultural and culinary diversity. This restaurant crawl will feature small bites and samplings from Uptown eateries. Participants will receive a passport and stroll from restaurant to restaurant along the Broadway, Wilson, and Lawrence corridors, enjoying samples at various locations.
TICKETS - price includes a tasting at EVERY stop mentioned below - all food and drink tastings included in the price of the ticket.
$30 REGULAR PRICE (online ticket sales have been extended to noon on Thursday, September 26 or until sold out)
$40 AT THE DOOR (based on availability)
All members of Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown receive $5 off every ticket (contact Greg Carroll for promo code if needed).
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to local charities who are helping our Uptown neighbors in need overcome hunger:
Care for Real
4810 N Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES: Click here for interactive map!
(V) = Vegetarian option will be offered.
(VV) = Vegetarian and vegan friendly options will be offered.
3 Squares Diner (V)
Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuit, Breakfast Sausage, Roasted Winter Squash
Beer Tasting - Krombacher Pils - ages 21+ only
Alden Lakeland (V)
hosted by FashionBar Chicago
Grecian Chicken, Spanikopita, Gyros Bites, Tomato Bruschetta
Chabad of Uptown (VV)
Honey cakes and Rosh Hashana sweets
Demera Ethiopian (V)
Various samples of Ethiopian cuisine
Diamond's Homestyle Cooking (V)
hosted by Bodi Shak
Meatballs, collard greens, curry rice
Everybody’s Coffee (VV)
hosted by First Ascent
Coffee samples, baked goods, and vegan banana bread
Fat Cat Restaurant & Bar (V)
Poutine - Hand-cut fries, bacon, pork belly gravy, cheese curds, scallions.
First Sip Cafe (VV)
hosted by Wagnolia Veterinary Clinic
Assorted sweet teas
Fiesta Mexicana Uptown (V)
Fiesta Chimis (Chicken) - small bite size chimichangas, 7-Layer Dip - Vegetarian
2oz Margarita tasting - ages 21+
Immm Rice & Beyond
Inspiration Cafe (VV)
J & N Grille
Assorted menu items
Kāl’ish Short Order Vegan (VV)
Mexican Chili & Corn Chip cups
Mikki Chewz (V)
hosted by Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa
Chewy Chocolate Confections rolled in toasted coconut and butter cookies, made with sustainable chocolate.
hosted by Spoil Me Hair Salon & Spa
Parmesan pita chips & spinach crab dip
Nick's on Wilson (drink samples for ages 21+) (VV)
High Noon Hard Seltzers & Totally Roasted Vander Mill Cider, plus one additional special surprise! Assorted sweets
Not Just Cookies (VV)
hosted by FashionBar Chicago
Pie, cobbler, & cookie samplings (turtle, butter, oatmeal/choco chip)
Tuna/tofu poke bowl
Selam Ethiopian Kitchen (V)
Injeera served with beef and cabbage & carrots
Uptown Arcade (drink samples for ages 21+) (VV)
Tastings with Short Fuse Brewing Co.
Uptown Lounge (drink samples for ages 21+) (VV)
Tastings with SweetWater Brewing Co., Virtue Rose Cider and more!
Thank you to this year's Event Sponsor:
Check out what previous attendees had to say!
"Great event!! Was great being able to try some things from places we might not otherwise try."
"I live close enough to Uptown that I should have visited some of these places before, but this event really allowed me to sample and see how great the food choices really are in Uptown...I really had no idea! And I will be going back. Do it again next year please."
"It was a great way to meet neighbors and sample local businesses. Everything was so tasty."
"I just moved to Uptown and it was like a crash course on the area. I really liked that it was kind of a walking tour, which is unique for these "Taste" events. Will definitely be back out there next year."
Once I've purchased my ticket, does it cost extra for the tastings?
No, the price of the ticket includes EVERYTHING - tastings at each stop mentioned above.
Can I pick up my event passport early?
Yes. Early check-in will be held on Wednesday, September 25 from 5:00pm-7:30pm (Uptown Arcade - 4830 N. Broadway) to allow participants to pick up their passport early and start anywhere along the route they choose on the day of the event.
Can I choose my own route within the participating businesses?
Yes. Once you receive your event passport, you are free to go to any participating business in any order.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
No, but a few locations will be serving liquor samples to those who are ages 21+ so please bring an ID.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
This event is accessible via the Lawrence and Wilson Red Line stations in addition to CTA bus routes #22, #36, #78, and #81.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
No, we will be checking people in by name.
Why don't I see my favorite Uptown restaurant as a participant?
This event is put on by Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, a local nonprofit organization that supports local businesses and organizations. Participation is limited to members of the organization. We extended an invitation to all of our members to participate and invited other food businesses to join Business Partners if they were interested in participating in the Taste of Uptown, but not all businesses chose to participate. Additionally, we aim to make the route of this event to be easily walkable, therefore some businesses are “hosted” at other businesses. If you’d like your favorite restaurant to participate, please mention it to them or let us know.
Why don't I see more Argyle business represented?
Along with Uptown United, we spend two months every summer hosting the Argyle Night Market, a weekly event that draws over 40,000 people to the area and both highlights and promotes the many great restaurants along Argyle. Again, we did ask all of our member businesses on Argyle to participate, but not all chose to participate. We do hope to add an Argyle route to this event soon.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Contact Greg Carroll at email@example.com or at 773-878-1184.
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Uptown’s business association since 1923, Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown, along with our sister agency Uptown United, is committed to leading efforts to build a strong, unified business environment; facilitate economic development; and strengthen community—all to nurture a diverse, vibrant, thriving, and strong Uptown. We do this through marketing, advocacy, technical assistance, special events, business trainings, and more. We work to keep your business, organization, and the Uptown community a top choice for residents, visitors, consumers, and investors. Business Partners, The Chamber for Uptown is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit membership organization lead by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Board is made up of and elected by membership, which consists of businesses and organizations which are located in or work in Uptown. Learn more about membership. We work closely with Uptown’s many businesses, nonprofit organizations, and residents to enhance our vibrant community. We serve the entire Uptown community area from Irving Park Road on the south to Foster Avenue on the north, Lake Michigan on the east and Ravenswood Avenue on the west. The histories of Uptown and Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown are inextricably linked. After all, it was one of the Chamber’s founding members who coined “Uptown” as the name for our neighborhood. Since its incorporation in 1923, the Chamber has been serving and promoting Uptown’s rich business districts and connecting local business owners with area residents and visitors.