Taste of Chicago turned 1st profit in six years

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The Taste of Chicago turned a profit in 2013 for the first time in six years. | Sun-Times

Taste of Chicago turned a profit in 2013 for the first time in six years — thanks to a recipe that included perfect weather, a popular music lineup, celebrity chefs and food trucks — turning Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s revised, bumped and abbreviated format into a keeper.

One year after losing $1.3 million, the Taste made $272,000. That’s a nearly $1.6 million turnaround in just one year for a lakefront showcase that, some feared, was headed for the scrap heap.

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