Rogers Park is home to many different cultures — and where there’s cultural diversity, there’s a medley of different kinds of food. From Mexican cuisine, to Italian pizzerias, to sweet treats, there’s something for everyone to try and enjoy within the Rogers Park community.
This week, the third annual Taste of Clark Street will showcase the best dishes of local restaurants while attendees sample food and drinks while enjoying live music and entertainment. Hosted by the Rogers Park Business Alliance (RPBA), Taste of Clark Street will take place Sept. 22 from 2 to 6 p.m.
This event was previously a taco crawl, explained special service area manager for RPBA, Carolina Juarez, in an interview with The Phoenix. After two years in 2016, it transitioned into Taste of Clark Street to feature a more diverse selection of foods. The event gives members of the community an opportunity to check out restaurants they may not normally think to try, according to Juarez.
“It gives people an opportunity to experience the rich and eclectic dining culture in Rogers Park,” Juarez said. “There’s so many different types of food in Rogers Park, but you can almost taste all the different types all in one street, which is Clark Street.”
Spanning Clark Street from Devon Avenue to Touhy Avenue, Taste of Clark Street is scheduled to feature 14 local restaurants offering samples of their signature dishes. These will include Nueva Italy Pizzeria (7109 N. Clark St.), El Sabor Poblano (7027 N. Clark St.) and Life’s Sweet Inc. (6621 N. Clark St.).
With a large amount of the participating restaurants featuring Mexican cuisine, Juarez encourages those attending Taste of Clark Street to use it as a way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Those 21 and older can also stop by Rogers Park Fine Wine and Spirits (6733 N. Clark St.) and Supermercado Roman (6978 N. Clark St.) for tastings of beer, wine, tequila and whiskey.
Attendees can hang out at the “HUB” — located in a parking lot on Clark Street and Morse Avenue, across from Byline Bank — to enjoy more food, family activities and live music, including a mariachi group and African drumming. Pedicabs will be available to ride from the “HUB” to Devon Avenue or Touhy Avenue for quick transportation to participating businesses.
Taste of Clark Street will also give people a chance to see local businesses and other restaurants on the street that aren’t participating in the event, Juarez said.
Tickets to Taste of Clark Street can be purchased in advance for $20 at www.tinyurl.com/tasteclark19. Tickets can also be purchased on the day of the fest for $25 at 6950 N. Clark St. between 2 to 5 p.m. For all tickets, there is an additional $10 charge for alcohol tastings at Fine Wine and Spirits and Supermercado Roman.