Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the 2013 "Taste of Chicago" turned a profit for the first time since 2007.
Emanuel announced Sunday that the food and cultural festival made a $272,000 profit and generated an estimated $106 million in total business activity. He cited a report by Custom Intercept Solutions that also found $2.4 million in tax receipts for the city.
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Emanuel says "Taste" was revamped with new food options including food trucks and offerings from internationally known chefs. He contended that with "music from chart-topping acts" visitors from all over the world came to Chicago.
The festival ran for a shorter time period and included innovations such as "pop-up restaurants" and a "chef du jour."
Custom Intercept Solutions found that 59 percent of attendees were from outside Chicago.