Maybe $10 for Taste?
The lone bidder to take over Taste of Chicago has cut its proposed admission fee in half — to $10 — hoping to appease Mayor Daley, who has declared that Chicago’s premier lakefront festival will “always be free.”
“The city can keep doing what they’re doing without an admission fee. But, no private company is gonna do it for free. It’s impossible,” said a source close to the negotiations.
“There’s a reason why only one company bid” in response to Daley’s request to privatize Taste and six other lakefront festivals.
Now the initial effort to take back control of what used to be a showcase event runs into the lame-duck buzz saw of Shortshanks who doesn't want to offend busloads of underprivileged altar boys and future brain surgeons who come to enjoy the fresh lakefront air and easy pickings.
We can hardly wait until people see the fences that are going to go up around the Taste and the security that is going to have to be hired to secure the premises. Those videos are going to be epic.