WBEZ | Summerfest http://www.wbez.org/tags/summerfest Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The potential privatization of Chicago's festivals http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//AP Lolla_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Love it or hate it, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/taste_of_chicago.html" target="_blank">Taste of Chicago</a> is probably one of the city&rsquo;s best known summer festivals. So why would the mayor want to sell the rights to operate it? The answer is a word many Chicagoans have come to loathe: privatization.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2779824,daley-still-wants-private-taste-100610.article" target="_blank">Chicago Sun-Times reports</a> that over the past three years the city has lost millions on festivals like the Taste of Chicago, the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_jazz_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Jazz Festival</a> and the <a href="http://www.explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/event_landing/special_events/mose/chicago_blues_festival.html" target="_blank">Chicago Blues Festival</a>.</p><p>So there may be good reason to let private interests manage our fests but would this move benefit you? Would you pay to get into a party that&rsquo;s always been free? And if you&rsquo;re going to pay a cover charge, what do you want for your money? <br />&nbsp;<br />To tackle the business end music critic for the Vocalo blogs <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/jim-derogatis" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/lifestyle/offthecouch.html" target="_blank">Tom Held</a>, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, joined host Alison Cuddy. Held has been covering Milwaukee's Summerfest for over a decade and provided perspective on how summer festivals work in other cities.</p><p><em>Music Button: Jimmy Dawkins, &quot;Beetin Knockin Ringin&quot;, from the CD Earwig Music 20th Anniversary Collection, (Earwig Music)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/potential-privatization-chicagos-festivals