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Taste of Chicago Cut in Half

By December 31, 2011

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After seeing declining attendance numbers -- likely due in part to the axing of the annual fireworks and a lesser focus on attracting A-list entertainment -- the city of Chicago has taken back control of the annual Taste of Chicago from the Chicago Park District and has decided to cut what was once the nation's largest food festival from ten days down to five. Not only that, but the city is ending the tradition of having ToC run over the Fourth of July weekend and is moving it to later (and hotter) dates in July this year, and the festival will run from July 11 through July 15, 2012.

According to the Chicago Tribune, officials from the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events released a statement about the new truncated Taste, saying, "Taste will emphasize Chicago's status as a 'foodie' destination and feature classic Chicago favorites as well as offerings from Chicago's new and emerging culinary scene. This free admission festival will highlight entertainment such as cooking demonstrations from noted chefs, and local and national musical acts."

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