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1.1 million attend Taste of Chicago, down from last year

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Associated Press

Stormy weather meant 400,000 fewer people attended the Taste of Chicago this year.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office says about 1.1 million people attended the annual food and music festival this year in Grant Park. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that's down 400,000 from last year's 1.5 million attendance. Authorities closed the festival on Saturday due to stormy weather, saying it was a safety decision.

This year's figure is about a third of the number of people who attended the Taste of Chicago in 2006 and 2007. Those years attendance was 3.6 million.

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