The sweltering heat did not prevent Chicagoans and visitors alike from sampling the annual Taste of Chicago in Grant Park. Although this year’s Taste, which ran from June 25-July 4, had fewer booths than last year, it did not seem to concern avid eaters who feasted on everything from turkey legs to cheesecake, while enjoying music by local artists. Blair Kamin of the Chicago Tribune loves the Taste for its “rainbow of people strolling in a car-free zone.” However, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill made a splash on this year’s Taste, as several restaurants advertised that their seafood was not from the Gulf Coast.

We have preserved these audio snapshots as a way to welcome immigrants and visitors to one of Chicago’s more unheralded treasures: A shared summer in the city.

Enjoy the slideshow that captures some of the sights and sounds of the Taste and then click on the photos below to hear “snapshots” of tasters with rich stories about their immigrant backgrounds and experiences. We hope you enjoy exploring the Summer Snapshots as much as we did. Please share your stories with us as well.

Audio Snapshots