Well, turns out the Taste of Chicago is going to be a little more "one-percenty" than we previously realized.
Conveniently omitted from the announcement (posted on Stew this morning) that the city was seeking City Council approval for a ticketed event at Taste of Chicago -- specifically, a "Celebrity Chef" tent featuring $40, three-course meals prepared by such top Chicago chefs as Stephanie Izard or Tony Mantuano -- was the information that the city had another ticketed event in mind.
The ordinance presented to the City Council today also contained a proposal to charge $25 to sit in the permanent seats during concerts at Petrillo Music Shell. Lawn seating would continue to be free, but the up-front seats (which have always been available, free, to anyone willing to arrive early and wait patiently) will be $25, if the City Council approves.
In a press release, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel called the $25 a "nominal charge," and, depending on the talent onstage, he may have a point. And maybe the public will shrug and go along with it.
But while the city was happy to announce a gourmet-chef enhancement to Taste, advance word on the Petrillo ploy was deliberately withheld. That should tell you something.
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