Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park. (David Mark / Pixabay)

Grant Park could potentially be closed to the public for 40 days for July's NASCAR Chicago Street Race, including event setup and teardown. That's just one of many events blocking free access to the park this summer.

Taste of Chicago. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

The Taste — started in 1980 — is set to take place in its traditional Grant Park home Sept. 8-10, one week after the Labor Day holiday weekend that traditionally marks the end of summer.

Taste of Chicago. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

At least part of the 300-acre Grant Park – known as Chicago’s front yard – will be closed to Chicagoans for 83 days this summer, including every day except June 2, June 3, June 4 and July 16, according to a schedule released Tuesday by the Chicago Park District.

Taste of Chicago. (Credit: City of Chicago)

This year’s event will feature three days of a “bite-sized” Taste in Grant Park in July, as well as three days of Taste in the neighborhoods in June.

Taste of Chicago

The 35th annual summer event, billed as the world's largest festival of its kind, returns to Grant Park this week with food, fun, and live music from Spoon, Erykah Badu, and others.

An independent comedy about youth baseball, 19th century fashion, and Irish step dancing. Chicago Tonight knows what's going on this weekend.

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We bring you a special preview of the 32nd Annual Taste of Chicago.

The pared down list of Taste of Chicago restaurants features mostly returning booths.