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Old 06-29-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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Actually, my friends and I do both. However, there is this constant questioning of which is better. To me it's apples and oranges. Am I the only person that knows, and understands, the difference between a food fest and a music fest?

Regardless, do you have a preference? If so which is it.
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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Default Totally summerfest!

Absolutely summerfest.

If you actually like music, summerfest with all its options, different stages, smaller crowds because of multiple stages, summerfest is the way to go. So many different bands.

Summerfest kicks any Grant Park festival in the butt. Really shows how Milwaukee shines.

Chicago is great for lesser known venues, hidden spots due to the fact that its so big that you're bound to find what you like. But as far as big festivals, Chicagos are overhyped/overrated.

Be proud Milwaukee of summerfest!
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Absolutely summerfest.

If you actually like music, summerfest with all its options, different stages, smaller crowds because of multiple stages, summerfest is the way to go. So many different bands.

Summerfest kicks any Grant Park festival in the butt. Really shows how Milwaukee shines.

Chicago is great for lesser known venues, hidden spots due to the fact that its so big that you're bound to find what you like. But as far as big festivals, Chicagos are overhyped/overrated.

Be proud Milwaukee of summerfest!
Lollapalooza, August 1st-3rd in Grant Park.

I'd go with Summerfest.

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Marion, IA
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Summerfest without a doubt. Chicago's taste of Chicago is pretty neat but it is nothing like Summerfest; it wasn't meant to be. You could hit them both in the same weekend if you wanted to.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I've never been to Summerfest, but I hate the Taste of Chicago, so I'll go with that.
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:24 PM
 
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The only thing I don't like about Summerfest is that a lot of the afternoon bands tend to be really...iffy.
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Old 06-30-2008, 10:08 AM
 
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Absolutely summerfest.

If you actually like music, summerfest with all its options, different stages, smaller crowds because of multiple stages, summerfest is the way to go. So many different bands.

Summerfest kicks any Grant Park festival in the butt. Really shows how Milwaukee shines.

Chicago is great for lesser known venues, hidden spots due to the fact that its so big that you're bound to find what you like. But as far as big festivals, Chicagos are overhyped/overrated.

Be proud Milwaukee of summerfest!
Best way of comparison is the following:

Summerfest is similar to an amusement park, six-flags place, per layout, permanent structures, established, permanent musical stages, and the
skyglider.....even the food venues have a permenence and amusement park feel to them.......even the main entrances to Summerfest look like
an amusement park...same turnstiles and such..

The Taste is 100% non-permenent....a completely temporary, circus-like
trapping, in a park that is all grassland when the fest ends......all tents
and booths....so far similar to a county fair or such.....and just as focused
on food as the latter....

Best points of both?
Taste is free per entertainment....has a far greater variety of food(not to slight SF, but they do lean far more on franchisy stuff, even having several fast food places like wendy's......still plenty of food choices at SF, but hardly the choices, eclectic and otherwise of taste....)

Taste is far more cosmopolitan.......reams of people of all colors, and infinitely more foreign tourists, who hve the taste as a US place to see in their guidebooks, unlike Summerfest, which sadly is just a regional thing.


Summerfest has a musical pallete that equals the taste's culinary one.....
tons of bands, and so many good ones, and the little stages are not so little anymore, and have their own mini-jumbotrons......

SF has more of a family feel, and a safer vibe, and never horribly crowded, where taste can resemble the masses of Calcutta at times.....

SF has Marcus, which gives you the choice of a main act AND a few fun little stages in the same day....

Only similarity? Both are on the shores of Lake Michigan......

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Old 06-30-2008, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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Best way of comparison is the following:

Summerfest is similar to an amusement park, six-flags place, per layout, permanent structures, established, permanent musical stages, and the
skyglider.....even the food venues have a permenence and amusement park feel to them.......even the main entrances to Summerfest look like
an amusement park...same turnstiles and such..

The Taste is 100% non-permenent....a completely temporary, circus-like
trapping, in a park that is all grassland when the fest ends......all tents
and booths....so far similar to a county fair or such.....and just as focused
on food as the latter....

Best points of both?
Taste is free per entertainment....has a far greater variety of food(not to slight SF, but they do lean far more on franchisy stuff, even having several fast food places like wendy's......still plenty of food choices at SF, but hardly the choices, eclectic and otherwise of taste....)

Taste is far more cosmopolitan.......reams of people of all colors, and infinitely more foreign tourists, who hve the taste as a US place to see in their guidebooks, unlike Summerfest, which sadly is just a regional thing.


Summerfest has a musical pallete that equals the taste's culinary one.....
tons of bands, and so many good ones, and the little stages are not so little anymore, and have their own mini-jumbotrons......

SF has more of a family feel, and a safer vibe, and never horribly crowded, where taste can resemble the masses of Calcutta at times.....

SF has Marcus, which gives you the choice of a main act AND a few fun little stages in the same day....

Only similarity? Both are on the shores of Lake Michigan......
I was surprised to see that The Taste has artists that are actually known. Even more surprising is that they are playing for free if I read correctly

We all know that all that is good in the world originates from the Lake Michigan area.
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:11 PM
 
Location: North Central Indiana
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Summerfest, Taste is too dang crowded
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Old 06-30-2008, 07:15 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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Went to the Taste once and that was one time to many. Summerfest is great, if you're in Chicago you should check out the Pitchfork music fest.
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