Prepare to Pay for a Musical "Taste"

Mayor proposes $25 fee to sit in Petrillo Music Shell during concerts

Wednesday, Mar 14, 2012  |  Updated 4:53 PM CDT
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If you were already upset about a shortened Taste of Chicago and the change of date, Wednesday's news may not be appetizing either.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is proposing a $25 ticket fee to sit in the Petrillo Music Shell during Taste concerts.

Seating on the lawn is still free. Emanuel said the revenues from the seat sales, along with ticket sales from a series of celebrity chef dinners, will help offset the cost of the food festival, has operated at a steep deficit the last few years.

"Music fans will have the opportunity to secure seats to headlining musical acts for a nominal cost, and the revenues will help financially support this event without placing a burden on taxpayers," Emanuel said in a written statement.

Petrillo seats 3,000 people and 30,000 can squeeze onto the lawn. The list of musical acts has not been released.

This year's Taste of Chicago will be held July 11-15.

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