Restaurants Underwhelmed by Revamped "Taste"

City extends deadline for restaurants to apply

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2012  |  Updated 2:57 PM CDT
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The plan for a shortened and revamped "Taste of Chicago" may not be sitting well with Chicago restaurants.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Tuesday's deadline for restaurants to apply to participate in the festival was extended by three days after only 40 restaurants signed up.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel shrunk the long-running annual festival from 10 days to five, and moved the date to mid-July instead of during the Fourth of July weekend.

A city spokeswoman tells the newspaper that several restaurants planned to apply, but didn't get their paperwork in on time. She also said 15 businesses applied to be one of the new "pop-up" restaurants this year.

Taste of Chicago has seen declining revenues and attendance over the past few years.

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