Taste of Chicago draws 1.2 million attendees

July 16, 2012

Associated Press

The city of Chicago estimates that 1.2 million people attended this year's Taste of Chicago, and those people did their share of eating.

The crowds at the 32nd annual food fest consumed 17,600 slices of Lou Malnati's pizza, 18,720 slices of Eli's Cheesecake and 15,000 funnel cakes from the Churro Factory.

The Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special events also says Star of Siam restaurant served up 800 pounds of Pad Thai in one day and the Cubby Bear sold 960 pounds of Mac & Cheese Bites.

Those were just some of the offerings at the Taste of Chicago, which wrapped up its five-day run Sunday.