The Taste of Oak Brook is held annually during the Fourth of July
weekend in the Village of Oak Brook. It is sponsored by McDonald’s and
features cuisine from area restaurants such as Maggiano’s and Ditka’s.
For The Taste of Oak Brook event, attendees are given a pamphlet listing
each restaurant and the food that they will be serving. This pamphlet
does not provide information on the location of the restaurants at The
Taste of Oak Brook or parking information. In order to address this
issue, the village enlisted the help of the GIS department.
Using vendor location overlaid on an aerial imagery background, a map
was created showing the location of each restaurant at The Taste of Oak
Brook as well as locations of restrooms/hand washing stations and
ticket booths. A second map was also created to assist police and
attendees in identifying handicapped parking and primary parking lots.
This map also provided information in the location of the barricades and
entrances to the various parking lots.
The village published these maps to the village website along with
admission information and the menu for each restaurant at the Taste.
With this information, attendees can easily navigate through The Taste
of Oak Brook and park in the correct location. This allows police to
direct traffic more efficiently.