Emanuel Seeks $25 Admission Fee To Petrillo Concerts At Taste

CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel has introduced a measure that would mean a major change in the music and entertainment at the city’s annual Taste of Chicago summer festival.

WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports the mayor wants aldermen to approve a $25 admission fee for seats at Taste of Chicago concerts at the Petrillo Music Shell, which had been free in the past.

Admission to the festival itself, and sitting on the lawn at the Petrillo would still be free, as would admission to concerts at other stages at the Taste.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“What I can’t ask taxpayers to do – and I’m trying to make a change here – is every year for the last, I think it’s three years, the Taste has lost money. And so, in the end of the day, the taxpayers are on the hook,” Emanuel said. “So I said we’re going to do it different.”

The mayor said Taste visitors could decide for themselves whethery they want to pay for seats or use free seating on the lawn.

“Some of us may have similar music tastes, and some of us won’t; and you’ll make a choice,” he said.

Another change the mayor wants would be to offer three-course meals at the taste, prepared by renowned chefs. Those would be sold for $40.

“I told you during the campaign, we are going to reform, rethink the Taste of Chicago, because year-in and year-out, it has lost money, then the taxpayers paid. And not everybody went,” Emanuel said.

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  • Cynic

    Sure…not only are we overpaying for the food and beverages at the taste, now we’re going to be gouged to listen to the music. Can anyone say record low numbers???

  • German Leprechaun

    I suppose we’re still trying to pay for that nasty pile of tin-foil vomitus designed by the “world famous” architect Frank Gehry!!

  • RJ OGuillory

    …perhaps His Honor will install speed cameras within 1/8 of a mile around the perimeter of The Taste….imagine the revenue generation as the citizens speed away from being gouged and financially raped yet one more time!


    RJ O’Guillory
    Webster groves-The Life of an Insane Family

  • Civilized

    $25 is too much. What we need is a small $5 to $10 entrance fee which would weed out most, if not all the ghetto trash that comes there to harass people for tickets and/or act like animals.

  • Wolf

    Nothing but more taxes and fees instead of restructuring and reforming the massively bloated operations and ending the public sector multimillionaire pension scam…but what would you expect from an illegitimate Mayor …

  • The Rooster

    Sure I can get mugged by The mayors prices and than as i leave the place I can get mugged again by the ghetto thug mobs and be happy I got away with my life. Want my money mayor?control the gang bangers and criminal youth that plague the city……Oh nevermind,you will just move them to the suburbs to destroy those comunnities too.

  • Gladis

    The food is not good enough to pay that much moeny; it is not handled properly and it is cooked outside. The entertainment was great from the beginning, but got worse over the years. Admit it, Taste is not good enough to pay for. I don’t see it getting better. It there is free entertainment; then maybe people will pay for food if is good food.

  • tom sharp

    And in August this fool will wonder why there was no revenue generated from the “Taste” this year. Lynch him or impeach him before he does any more damage.

  • Just Axin

    Taxpayers should have nothing to do with the Taste. If it’s a good idea, the restaurants can sponsor it.

    • German Leprechaun

      Damn tootin’

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