Again, Kill The Taste
It's been dying for years - what purpose does it serve anymore?
- Taste of Chicago attendance dipped this summer compared with the last time it was a five-day event, according to city estimates released late Monday after the annual lakefront food carnival wrapped up.
Roughly 1.4 million people walked through the gates in Grant Park between Wednesday and Sunday, according to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. That's down slightly from 1.5 million who attended in 2013.
Last year, the food fest was just four days, drawing 1.1 million as heavy rain and standing water prompted the city to cancel the Saturday round of eating. Taste of Chicago used to run for 10 days, but in 2012 Mayor Rahm Emanuel scaled back the massive gut-buster of years past to a five-day, one weekend affair.
Revenues have not yet been totaled to see if the city broke even on this summer's event. Last summer's shortened cornucopia of turkey legs, ice cream and soul food ended up costing the city $169,404, according to Cultural Affairs estimates. The 2013 version turned what city officials said was a $272,000 profit. In 2012, the city lost $1.3 million.