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Taste of Chicago to kick off with fun. on July 10

Nate Reuss his bfun. will kick off Taste Chicago July 10. | Christopher Polk~Getty Images

Nate Reuss and his band fun. will kick off Taste of Chicago on July 10. | Christopher Polk~Getty Images

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Updated: March 11, 2013 11:34AM



July 10 is shaping up to be a fun. night in Chicago.

Taste of Chicago 2013 is kicking off its musical line-up with the hot pop group fun. and opening act Delta Spirit on July 10. The fun. (yes, that period is supposed to be there) trio of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost last month won Grammy awards for best new artist and song of the year for the anthem “We Are Young” (featuring Janelle Monae).

The five-day Taste of Chicago festival runs through July 14, and the other musical acts are expected to be announced in coming weeks, said Cindy Gatziolis, spokeswoman for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events.

In 2012, after more than $1 million in losses at the 2011 Taste, the city unveiled a new, smaller Taste, cutting the 10-day festival to five and pushing the dates back from the July 4 holiday to mid-July.

While admission to the festival is still free, the new Taste includes a $25 ticket charge for the 3,000 pavilion seats for the mainstage acts. Lawn sets are free.

The smaller, revamped Taste of Chicago 2012 was still a money drain, losing $1.3 million, $300,000 more than 2011, though attendance and revenue were up. None of the five concerts sold out, though people still crowded onto the lawn to hear Jennifer Hudson and other acts for free. More than 1.2 million people went to the 2012 Taste of Chicago.

Tickets for fun. will be sold in May. Check www.tasteofchicago.us for more information.



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