Taste of Chicago, The Windy City’s annual foodie festival, will be truncated in 2012 as budget concerns and dipping attendance figures force organizers to re-think the yearly ode to eating.
The festival will reportedly be cut down from a 10-day run to just five to seven days in 2012.
The focus will shift more toward food and away from outside entertainment as well. There will be no huge fireworks display as in years past either.
Organizers are also looking to draw more upscale eateries to participate in the 2012 event to highlight Chicago’s rising status as a high-class dining destination.
According to reports, the city wants to do everything possible to keep the event free, though there has been talk of instituting a $10 admission fee.
Source: Chicago Sun Times