By: Kelly Gross | July 11, 2018
In search of a fun, easy dining experience this summer? Check out our Dining alFresco guide, featuring area food truck events in Highwood, Highland Park, Mundelein, Linconshire, and more. Click and download the printable guide below, or read further for additional information.
HIGHWOOD EVENING MARKET
Everts Park at Greenbay Rd and North Ave
4:30-9:30pm | June 6 – August 29
There’s a great evening market in Highwood that, in addition to standard Farmers’ Market fare, baked goods, specialty foods, and retail items, serves up a delightful assortment of food truck fare, from The Fat Shallot and La Cocinita to Toasty Cheese and Swirl Cafe. Check it out!
RAVINIA DISTRICT FOOD TRUCK THURSDAYS
Dean Ave between Roger Williams Ave & St Johns Ave
4:30-dusk | June 7 – September 13
This popular Highland Park summer event is back for its second year. Featuring live music and delectable offerings from Abigail’s American Bistro, Ravinia Brewing Company, and Viaggio, it’s a great way to relax outdoors and avoid another pile of dirty dishes.
TIGHTHEAD BREWING COMPANY
161 N Archer Ave in Mundelein
5-8pm | Ongoing
If you’re in the mood for great beer and Greek, pizza, calzones and macaroni, pierogis, and more, check the Tighthead website to see what’s on offer. They host a different food truck every Thursday night.
LINCOLNSHIRE FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS
300 Knightsbridge Pky at the Lincolnshire Corporate Center
11am-2pm | May 25 – August 31 (Every other Friday!)
Jazz up your Friday lunches with the awesome selections at the Lincolnshire Corporate Center. Food choices include grilled cheese from Toasty Cheese, tacos from Toasty Taco, Korean BBQ from Marty’s EAT Wagon, flame grilled chicken concoctions from Grill Chasers, fun fare from Mario’s Cart Race for the Taste, seasonally inspired street food from Mothers Truckin Good Food, a rotating menu from Rogue Curbsite Kitchen, desserts from the Crave Bar, BBQ pulled pork and more from Best Trucking BBQ, and a huge menu from Louie B Fresh. Or, you could always go for my personal favorite… lobster rolls from Happy Lobster.
CRYSTAL LAKE BREWING
150 N Main St in Crystal Lake
5:30-8:30pm | Ongoing
A rotation of food trucks serves up “distinctive meals” in the parking lot on Friday nights. Participating food trucks include Toasty Cheese, Toasty Taco, Your Sister’s Tomato (pizza), and more. Check the website for details.
The Alley off Scranton Ave in Lake Bluff
Select dates and additional details below
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Hoagies & Hits | 5-10pm | July 18 & August 15
THURSDAY NIGHTS: Hoagies & Hits | 5-9pm | July 12, 26 & August 2, 16, 30
FRIDAY NIGHTS: Pizzeria DeVille | 5-9pm | July 13, 27 & August 10, 31 + Chicago Culinary Kitchen | 5-9pm | July 20, August 24, & September 14
SUNDAY BRUNCH: Pizzeria DeVille | 9am-1pm | July 15, August 12, & September 2
If you haven’t had the superb coffee from Prairie Espresso yet, now there’s even more reasons to stop by… a host of dining alfresco options. On select dates this summer, you can enjoy Hoagies & Hits, featuring sandwiches from Hoagie Hut in Waukegan and live music (or open mic night), wood fired pizza from Pizzeria DeVille, or the incredible meats ‘n’ treats from Chicago Culinary Kitchen. It’s always a good idea to check the Prairie Espresso Facebook page for details and updates, especially as inclement weather can impact events.
BUDWEISER’S TASTE AMERICA FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
3637 N Clark St by Wrigley Field
5-10pm | July 28
If you’re a fan of food truck fare, this is The. Place. To. Be. ‘Nuff said.
FALL FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL
5275 N. Cicero Ave in the LaBagh Woods
10am-sunset | September 22 & 23
Another great event from Chicago Food Truck Fest. Be sure to check back on the website as the event is currently “permit pending”.