Being a native of Chicago, the first thing that came to mind when I thought about culture in my hometown was the annual Taste of Chicago food festival. It is held during the summer in the 10 days leading up to 4th of July. I have been to the festival every year since I was 12, and it is always extremely fun. It is the world largest food festival, providing a perfect opportunity for Chicago to show off itself unique blend of ethnicities. Almost every ethnic group living in the city has a booth devoted to its native foods, along with foods that are unique to Chicago such as Chicago-style pizza, Chicago hotdogs and Italian beef. The past summer I enjoyed some delicious Polish perogies, Garret’s popcorn, and Eli’s cheesecake. I feel that the best way to experience another culture is by eating their food, so if anyone is truly interested in what Chicago is all about, the Taste of Chicago is the perfect event to attend. Besides amazing food, the festival also has free concerts every day. Here is a link to the history of the festival.