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Alderman Suggests Ditching Taste of Chicago

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Alderman Suggests Ditching Taste of Chicago

Cindy Barrymore

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An alderman wants to put a fork in Taste of Chicago.

Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) submitted a resolution Wednesday to hold a hearing to decide whether the food fest is worth keeping if it doesn't turn a profit.

The annual city festival reported a $1.3 million loss for 2012 after losing about $1 million the year before. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had hoped to turn a profit by shortening the festival from the traditional 10 days to five and moving it away from the Fourth of July weekend. Attendees were also charged for concerts and exclusive meals throughout the festival.

Fioretti says enough is enough. His resolution points to the festival's failure to make money since 2008 and wants to determine whether Chicago would be better off without it.

Emanuel has said he wants to keep making changes to improve the fest.

Organizers for this year's 33rd annual Taste of Chicago announced this week that Grammy Award-winning band fun. would open the festival without indie contemporaries Delta Spirit. Tickets cost $25 for the band-shell seating area, while lawn seats remain free.

The fest runs July 10 through July 14 in Grant Park.
 

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