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Taste of Chicago: Who are all those people anyway?

 Fareen Vora, 23, North Side

How long have you been attending the Taste? “Since I was a kid, maybe about nine years.”

What do you like about it? “The Taste is fun. You get a taste of all the restaurants.”

Why did you decide to come again today? “My co-worker and I planned it for a committee event for work. [And for] the cheesecake, I get it every year from Eli’s Cheesecake. It’s a once-a-year thing.”

What tip would you share with a newcomer? “Break out of your comfort zone. Try something new. Like the barbecue tamarind sandwich or the fries with mango chutney [from Vermilion]. I was thinking I’d go back for some more. Also, come in the evening when it’s starting to cool off.”