Mayor Daley: No Admission Fee For Taste Of Chicago

CHICAGO (WBBM) — Mayor Daley made it clear on Thursday that he does not want to see an admission fee for the Taste of Chicago.

Daley said the fest has branched out into other offerings–like live music–that have driven up the cost of the money-losing Taste.

On Thursday, he blasted a private proposal to run the Taste and include a $20 admission fee.

“This is called taste of food,” he said. “We are not into music; we’re not into anything else. We got into tangents and the cost kept going up. We are going to get it back down and do the Taste of Chicago for food and that’s all.”

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A private group called Celebrate Chicago LLC would charge Taste customers $20 for admission, but give them $10 in food and drink tickets. The other $10 would help pay for bigger-name entertainment, but there would be a second price to see that entertainment.

The admission fee would apply during weekends, holidays and after 4 p.m. on weekdays.

The concert tickets would cost $25 to $65, but the $20 Taste admission fee would be waived for those who bought concert tickets.

Taste of Chicago has been costing the city millions over the last three years.

  • RJ

    I’d rather have the city losing money on Taste of Chicago than wasting it away on all the useless planters in the meridians of all the streets. What are the costs of building these and then maintaining all the plantings over the years? Not to mention the traffic hassles they sometimes cause by preventing access to drives and side streets. Most citizens couldn’t care less. It’s another of Daley’s stupid ideas at our expense.

  • Citizen of the Republic

    How about we citizens start asking all these Mayoral candidates to support TERM LIMITS for Mayor and Alderman so we don’t have another dictiator for years like Daley!

  • city "worker"

    Planters are only stupid to us regular citizens of Chicago but they are great revenue generators for Daley and his relatives and friends, the same people who owns the construction companies that get the fat contracts to build those planters. Then the companies that get the fat contracts to plants and waters the pretty flowers pays mexicans minimum wage to do the job. Then all these companies will keep their fat contracts as long as they keep making the kickback deposits to Daley’s offshore retirement accounts. That’s how “the city that works” works!

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