Indie Rockers Fun., Delta Spirit To Headline Taste of Chicago

Beleaguered Taste announces headliners for 33rd annual fest

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Chris Shields

    Taste of Chicago, which suffered a $1.3 million loss last year, booked a Grammy Award-winning band to headline the annual food festival.

    New York-based indie rockers fun. will open the Taste at the Petrillo Music Shell on July 10 along with Delta Spirit. The band garnered six nominations at this year's Grammys and took home two awards, for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “We Are Young.”

    They're no strangers to Chicago. The band performed at last summer's Lollapalooza.

    Tickets cost $25 for the band-shell seating area, while lawn seats remain free. The 33rd annual fest runs July 10 through July 14 in Grant Park.

    Other confirmed performers include Kelly Hogan headlining the Bud Light stage on July 14, bluesman Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials on July 12 and local bands Canasta and Company of Thieves on July 13.

    Will it be enough to keep the festival afloat?

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel had hoped to turn a 2012 profit after a $1 million loss in 2011 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.

    Following reports last year that the festival did not come close to breaking even, Taste of Chicago reported the $1.3 million loss last month.