Forget what the groundhog saw. For Chicago, there’s no better harbinger that the end of winter is nigh than politicians talking about tourist dollars.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been crowing a lot lately about boosting the city’s national and international profile tourist-wise—we’re up from the bottom slot on the list of the top 10 American cities for tourism to number nine—stressing the draw of theater, architecture, the museums, and the dining scene. Music usually gets a passing nod at best; witness his stumping with Tony Sarabia on The Morning Shift on Jan. 30.
To date, the administration’s most concrete steps toward boosting the music scene and improving relations with local musical institutions have been naming Dylan Rice as Program Director of Creative Industries-Music at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and letting him host the inaugural Chicago Music Summit at the Cultural Center last September.