Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Ald. Lyle on privatizing Taste of Chicago...

You may have heard about the possibility of charging an admissions fee for the Taste of Chicago late last year. More from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Ald. Freddrenna Lyle (6th) said she would reluctantly swallow a $20 admission fee with $10 rebated to patrons in the form of food and beverage tickets. 

But Lyle drew the line at the joint-venture’s proposal to sell $65 concert tickets to Taste’s biggest-name entertainment stage.

“The last concert I went to was Maze and Frankie Beverly. Tom Joyner had done a promotion and everybody came out. I saw thousands of middle-aged black and Latino people all dressed in white. They were out there enjoying the lakefront. It was exactly what you want at a Taste event,” Lyle said. 

“More than half of those people would not have come if it was $65. They’re making just about the minimum wage. They wouldn’t have been able to afford a $65 ticket. Taste of Chicago is not Ravinia and we should not be trying to make it Ravinia.”

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