Acceptance: You know what? Any event that unites Bobak sausages, Garrett Popcorn, Lou Malnati's pizza, Manny's corned beef, Vienna Beef hot dogs and Eli's Cheesecake -- Chicago icons all -- can't be all bad. A couple of first-timers, Lao Sze Chuan and Texas de Brazil, look very promising, based on their Daley Center preview performances two weeks ago. Vendors such as Polo Cafe and Vermilion manage to challenge themselves every year. It's 10 days of fun, and hopefully sun, in Grant Park. It's going to be all right.
Illustration by David Steinlicht