While this is still a few months off, the Taste of Chicago is going to have a major overhaul this year. The Taste, which generally is a 10 day food fest during before, during, and after the 4th of July will be moved this year.
New mayor, new strategy for the food fest. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel has decided that the Chicago tradition will be a little bit different this year.
First, the event is being moved to the middle of July, completely avoiding the 4th traffic that comes with it. While I can understand the move, since in past years a huge surge in crowds and the 2008 shooting of Courtney Thomas meant a change was inevitable.
At the same time, part of the reason for it being so popular was because this happened around Independence weekend when families could easily get out to enjoy the event. The other downer is that Chicago will have less of a chance to display their award winning restaurants as a shortened event means that attendance will be down.
Second, that leads to the shrinking the length of the event. I can understand moving it away from the Independence events. I can even see getting rid of the fireworks. I do not understand why they needed to cut it in half. During the week a number of downtown employees enjoy many a good meal at the Taste during the summer.
In the end, the Taste will still offer the amazing slices of cuisine that crop the Chicago landscape. My mouth is already watering over the buttery corn that drips over my hand as I stare down the deep dish pizza stalls at the Taste of Chicago.