The City of Chicago has received one bid in the move to privatize the Taste of Chicago. The move is to help reduce the cost that the city is facing for running several festivals throughout the year. The deal would privatize the Taste and six other festivals that are held in the City of Chicago. However, the proposal also states that there would be a couple of new fees for the Taste of Chicago. This includes a $20 admission fee and $65 top-level talent concert fee. Ten dollars of the admission would be given back to the attendee in the form of food and beverage tickets.
27th Ward Alderman Burnett Wants Hearings
After receiving the proposal the City Council, beleaguered after the privatization of the parking meters, is more cautious to move on this deal. Alderman Burnett, current 27th Ward Alderman and chairman of the Committee on Special Events and Cultural Affairs, has demanded hearings in order to gain the opinion of the public on the deal.
Increased Gang Violence Seen At Taste Of Chicago
Another factor to consider in the deal is the increased gang violence that has been occurring in recent years at the Taste of Chicago. The increase in violence has led some to stop attending and others to consider no longer having the festival in the City of Chicago. Some believe that adding an admission fee would detour gangs from coming and would keep attendees safer.
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