Sunday, July 15, 2012

Taste Up, Taste Down

  • The scaled-back Taste of Chicago wraps up Sunday, and the question many people are asking is whether the changes in the festival have made the experience more enjoyable or less.

    After losing money for three years Taste of Chicago was moved to after Independence Day and shortened from ten days to five.

  • According to figures provided to vendors, sales were down 100,000 tickets on Wednesday compared to the Wednesday of last year's festival.

    But Thursday saw an increase of 150,000 tickets over the Thursday of Taste 2011.

Apples and oranges as the Wednesday and Thursday they are comparing last year led into a four day weekend for the 4th. But a swing of a quarter million tickets is pointless without a baseline to compare it to.

The big number coming out though is zero killed.

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32 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Either re-vamp it, fence it off and charge admission like they do in Milwaukee, or put it out of it's misery.

7/15/2012 12:16:00 AM  
Blogger TWENTY and OUT said...

Is this another one of those decrease in the increase things? If so can someone please explain it to me again.

7/15/2012 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There's just not enough BANG for your BUCK there"!!

The comments on the Huffington post regarding the Taste are classic...


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/14/taste-of-chicago-struggle_n_1673401.html

7/15/2012 01:04:00 AM  
Blogger West Side, Inside Do-Nothing said...

"But Thursday saw an increase of 150,000 tickets over the Thursday of Taste 2011."


Musta been all those visiting NATO folks that are still hanging around town that came down to spend their cash on turkey legs and Rainbow cones...just like Rahm said they would.

7/15/2012 01:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

any mob action, jaws broken, or shootings?

7/15/2012 01:22:00 AM  
Blogger JohnL said...

If it is the same people counting ticket sales that count votes for elections, No one will ever have a true count.

7/15/2012 03:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Taste is history. The city doesn't want any large venues on the lakefront because they can't control the Ghetto Thugs.

7/15/2012 05:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't ever believe numbers released by the City of Chicago. It is like body counts released by the Pentagon during the Vietnam War. At some point around 1970 the War was declared over by an anti-war group who added up the Pentagon's own body count and determined that every man, woman and child in the entire country was declared dead by the Pentagon in their body counts.

The guy releasing those numbers then went on to have a long career in City of Chicago government making up numbers.

7/15/2012 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

comstat numbers manipulation seems to be popular with the mayors personnel. Its more or less than the greater evil at any given time but not less then the sum of the total.

Confused? That's the idea. Keep them guessing and they won't ask any pointed questions because numbers don't lie. Just the number interpreters. Spin baby.

You still can't comstat murder.

7/15/2012 06:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What the Taste of Chicago is going on?

7/15/2012 07:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But Thursday saw an increase of 150,000 tickets over the Thursday of Taste 2011."

That's easy, the Taste was CLOSED that Thursday....

7/15/2012 10:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

C'mon dude, don't disappoint us. Lets go, turn it up a notch. Gotta be someone at the taste who dispected you.

7/15/2012 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to a fest in Wisconsin outside of Madison. It was clean, orderly and efficient. Children were well behaved and I noticed that many had two parents with them.

No flash mobs, no gangs; just plenty of good music, beer, and food. Parking was free and patrolled by PO's on horseback.

I can't wait to transplant to a spot just like it when I retire.

7/15/2012 11:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe they should just keep it small with food as the main attraction.

Seems to be more manageable this way.

7/15/2012 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Local radio is running spots about how wonderful the Taste is and about how easy it is to find parking if you go to the site chicagoparkingsomethingdotco for information.

IT'S SUNDAY ALREADY.

7/15/2012 12:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Rahm and Supe, Taste this....(guess what I'm holding) !

7/15/2012 01:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Kennedy is doing a great job at the Taste this year.

7/15/2012 01:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lot less crowded with less booths. the gang element was down with no big 3rd of July cluster@$%#. but the Chicagofest/Taste of Chicago has seen its heyday. it was ruined by politicians who would not heed the advice of the police as the Taste gradually turned into gangbangerfest.

Do it like Milwaukee and when they call you racist tell them you are a realist.

7/15/2012 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Is this another one of those decrease in the increase things? If so can someone please explain it to me again."

Yes, that's precisely it. You have to minimize your maximize. Got it? Good. Get crackin'!

7/15/2012 03:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"But Thursday saw an increase of 150,000 tickets over the Thursday of Taste 2011."

That's easy, the Taste was CLOSED that Thursday....

7/15/2012 10:38:00 AM
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What?

7/15/2012 03:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What no TURKEY legs?

7/15/2012 04:21:00 PM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

Taste of Chicago is racist! No forty ouncers, no hot potato chips, and they DON'T take LINK cards.

7/15/2012 04:45:00 PM  
Blogger dumpdaley said...

Taste of Chicago is racist! No forty ouncers, no hot potato chips, and they DON'T take LINK cards.

7/15/2012 04:45:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anything going on in this city has to be thought out before attending ,safety,parking expenses,towing,tickets,camera ticket,speed camera tickets,gang banging,prices your paying for a small sample of food,fines fees and aggravation=I stay home and Q in my own yard and not deal with the B.S.

7/15/2012 05:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off record but...did anyone hear about the transfer order for sergeants that came out last Wed/11 July? It had 23 openings for 19th/002nd district sergeants only! Four hours later the order was remove and the commander placed a to/from in the co book saying it was rescinded? Why??? Can a grievance be filed?

7/15/2012 05:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time for the Taste to go bye bye.

7/15/2012 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There could be an Increase in the Decrease.
So next year will be better?
Hot links up...turkey legs down.
How many iPhones taken?

7/15/2012 08:34:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zero killed - now THAT's a number I like.

7/15/2012 10:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another event that Chicago used to be able to take pride in ruined by the savage element and the gutless politicians afraid to take the appropriate steps to eliminate them. That's the way Chicago dumbocrats handle any tough problem involving the animal element: deny there is a problem, then ignore the problem as long as possible and finally just surrender and let the savages continue to ruin the event until it becomes unprofitable and ceases to exist.

7/15/2012 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off record but...did anyone hear about the transfer order for sergeants that came out last Wed/11 July? It had 23 openings for 19th/002nd district sergeants only! Four hours later the order was remove and the commander placed a to/from in the co book saying it was rescinded? Why??? Can a grievance be filed?

7/15/2012 05:19:00 PM
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Go back and catch up on the blog. You're several days late on this topic. We've already been there and done that.

7/16/2012 02:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Estimated attendance for the five-day festival, which concluded Sunday, was 1.2 million, or 240,000 per day. Last year, the 10-day Taste of Chicago drew, per Chicago Park District numbers, 2.35 million visitors, or 235,000 per day.


I love how they start out with " estimated attendence " per. park district numbers. yea right.

all these vendor are connected to the mayor by the hip, they will say anything.


Russ Ricobene, owner of Carbon Live Fire Mexican Grill, said his booth sold 900 tacos per hour at Taste this year. "Our daily average was up 60 percent from 2011," he said.

Is this at all possible 900tacos a hour.

I'm sure all the big vendors were prodded by tiny dancer's people.

7/16/2012 08:03:00 AM  
Blogger Just A City Worker said...

Taste of Chicago is racist! No forty ouncers, no hot potato chips, and they DON'T take LINK cards.

7/15/2012 04:45:00 PM

Pfft..

Only places that should take LINK are Jewels/Dominicks/Moo Oink type stores.

7/16/2012 09:36:00 PM  

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