Louisa Chu has heard the complaints: that the Taste of Chicago is too hot and crowded, that the food's no good, that nobody goes anymore. But an opening day walk-through reminded her why others still love the Taste.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending the decision to shorten the Taste of Chicago.Officials from the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, which is organizing this year's event, announced last week the annual food festival would be cut down to five days in 2012.
The head of Chicago's Park District says this year's Taste of Chicago was a success, even though he says the city likely lost money on the festival.Leading up to this year's Taste of Chicago, which ended Sunday, the city had considered privatizing the event in an effort to grab some quick cash.
The "Truth" tour aimed at preventing teen smoking is coming to the Taste of Chicago. The tour includes a truckload of teens making stops around the country to talk with their peers about the dangers of tobacco. They're teaming up with the Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project and will be park