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News Fri Apr 16 2010
The City has banned suburban restaurants from the Taste of Chicago this year. Apparently, this is the culmination of a decision three years ago.
Special Events Director Megan McDonald said Taste of Chicago vendors were put on notice about the policy change in 2007.
They were given a "very generous" three-year grace period to come into compliance by establishing a Chicago location for at least one year prior to the June 25-to-July 4 event.
The edict, clearly stated in the vendor application, was also hammered home at mandatory vendor meetings. Five suburban restaurant failed to come into compliance.
"I felt very strongly that we needed to get back to the true sense of what Taste of Chicago is. It's meant to promote Chicago restaurants," McDonald said.
What do you think? Should Taste of Chicago be limited only to restaurants with locations in the city?