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City-Run "Taste of Chicago" Lost $1.3 Million Last Year

Taste of Chicago lost $1.3 million last year, leaving it deeper in the red after Mayor Rahm Emanuel raised the expectation that the venerable summer ode to overindulgence would begin to break even or turn a profit.

The losses came despite Emanuel's moves to raise more money at Taste 2012 by charging attendees at the nightly concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell $25 for reserved seats and adding $40 daily gourmet meals prepared by local chefs alongside the traditional ribs-and-ice cream fare that has made the festival synonymous with Chicago summer for decades. The mayor also cut Taste from 10 days to five and moved it away from July 4.

Source: Chicago Tribune. Read full article. (link)

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  • LTC(ret) John||

    But, but, but it would have been worse without Top.Men. helping!!1!1!

  • Sevo||

    A Taste of Chicago sounds like someone licking the sidewalks; ewwwwww!

  • Eduard van Haalen||

    It's the fault of more solvent cities exporting budget-busting plans to Chicago - you know, like Virginia exporting guns.

  • ||

    The people of Chicago get together every four years to elect a glorified catering manager?

  • Sevo||

    "...failed catering manager?"
    Mo betta

  • Almanian!||

    But my proggy friends remind me I don't LIVE there so NOT QUALIFIED TO COMMENT MAYOR'S DOING A PRETTY GOOD JOB THIS ISN'T [small town where I live]!!

    I didn't say it was - what I said was, "FUCK! How do you people live like this???"

    That's my boggle. Be well!

  • phandaal||

    I've been there many times. The city is astonishingly clean, which is more of a tribute to their garbagemen than anything else. There are also lots of things to do and many kinds of food to eat, just like any big city.

    Just don't stray into the non-manicured parts of the city or run afoul of any of the multitude of ridiculous laws. I was told once that I had to leave my dog outside of a fence (as opposed to keeping him in the far corner with me, away from the other customers) if I wanted to eat at an outdoor restaurant. He proceeded to pee on a stoplight post nearby, and we went to Panera instead. Fight the system!

  • phandaal||

    Love it: "[...]by charging attendees at the nightly concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell $25 for reserved seats and adding $40 daily gourmet meals prepared by local chefs alongside the traditional ribs-and-ice cream fare[...]. The mayor also cut Taste from 10 days to five and moved it away from July 4."

    So basically, it failed BECAUSE of his poor business decisions, not IN SPITE OF his decisions. Go figure! He could have taken a lesson from Cornelius Vanderbilt's ferry service. Awesome model for how to offer something for a dirt cheap price and make a killing doing it.

    Then again, that would require Rahm to be something other than a crooked politician. So... yeah.

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