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updated: 7/15/2013 7:20 AM

Taste of Chicago attendance increases this year

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Associated Press

Organizers say attendance was up about 25 percent at this year's Taste of Chicago food and entertainment festival.

The five-day event drew 1.5 million people to downtown Chicago's Grant Park before ending on Sunday. That's up from 1.2 million people last year.

City officials haven't yet said how much revenue the event brought in. But participating restaurants say crowds were hungry.

Tutto Italiano served nearly 58,000 pieces of toasted ravioli while Star of Siam served up about 100,000 pot stickers. And the Cubby Bear served more than a ton of chicken wings.

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