Today marks the 30th anniversary of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s first appearance at the city’s annual Taste of Chicago event.

Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoys corn on the cob at the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989

Mayor Richard M. Daley enjoys corn on the cob at the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989. RMD_07_0059_0001_004_012A

The event had begun in 1980 under Mayor Jane Byrne and at that time had featured more than forty Chicago-area restaurants and lasted one day. By 1989, when Daley became mayor, seventy-seven restaurants were represented, and the event itself ran from June 27 through July 4.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets visitors to the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley greets visitors to the Taste of Chicago event, June 27, 1989. RMD_07_0059_0001_005_018A

On the day of the event, Mayor Daley said:

I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be than here at our great Taste of Chicago food fair. There’s music, fu, an dmore than 70 restaurants are here to take your order! We expect more than a milion people to come out Monday for our special Fourth of July fireworks display and concert featuring the Grant Park Symphony.

Sources consulted

Lewis, Antoine. “Taste also whets the other senses.” Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1989, p. 3.

“Remarks: Mayor Daley Opens Taste of Chicago,” Richard M. Daley papers, University of Illinois at Chicago, series 3, box 3-2, folder 10.

Tackett, Michael. “Du Jour.” Chicago Tribune. June 30, 1989, p. C1.

Vettel, Phil. “Taste if full of don’t-miss eating delights.” Chicago Tribune. June 28, 1989, p. 20.