Everything you need to know about Taste of Chicago 2017

CHICAGO -- The Taste of Chicago kicks off at 11 a.m. Wednesday, beginning the nation's premiere outdoor food festival featuring the diversity of Chicago dining.

There are 34 restaurants taking part in all five days, in addition to 16 pop-up restaurants and 16 food trucks.

There is no admission and it runs Wednesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Here's everything you need to know for the Taste:

Getting there: 

If heading downtown by car, expect traffic delays as many people will be heading to Grant Park for the festival. Also, there are multiple parking locations near the event. Visitors can park at these parking garages that are just a short walk from the event.

Millennium Park Garage/Millennium Lakeside Garage, 5 S. Columbus Drive

Grant Park North Garage, 25 N. Michigan Ave.

Grant Park South Garage, 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Public transportation: Metra and CTA will be offering additional services during the event. Some buses will be rerouted.

Festivities:

Tickets: Admission is free. Food and beverage tickets are $10 for 14.

Concert tickets range from $19-$50, you can buy them here.

Food: Here is a full list of every vendor at the event.

Throughout the 5-day event, there will be cooking experiences, concerts, and fun for the whole family.

Concerts: This year's musical performers include Alessia Cara, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, and the O'Jays -- among many others.

Closures are in place around the area.

Closures: Columbus Drive (from Monroe Street to Balbo Avenue and from Balbo Avenue to Roosevelt Road), Jackson Drive (from Michigan Avenue to Lake Shore Drive) and Congress Parkway (from Columbus Drive to Congress Plaza Drive) will be closed through Monday, July 10.

For more info, go to: Taste of Chicago 2017