Wednesday, March 14, 2012
City of Chicago to start charging $25 for seats at Taste of Chicago concerts but will hand out free tickets to poor inner city residents
Taste of Chicago patrons will pay $25 each for 3,000 concert seats at the Petrillo Music Shell that have long been free, thanks to the latest change aimed at stopping the bleeding at Chicago’s premier summer festival.
Rejecting his predecessor’s view that Taste of Chicago “always be free,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel introduced an ordinance at Wednesday’s City Council meeting that would set the stage for the first-ever fee for Taste concerts at Petrillo to raise $375,000 that would help offset $2.7 million in festival losses over the last three years.
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