Taste of Chicago earns $320,000 this summer

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CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago officials say the city's five-day Taste of Chicago festival earned more than $320,000 this year.

That number released Monday morning bests last year, when the festival lost more than $169,000 because stormy weather forced it to close for one day. This year the Taste of Chicago brought in $7.3 million in revenue, compared with $5.46 million last year. The festival brought in $7.1 million in 2013.

City officials say the festival contributes $106 million a year in total business activity to the Chicago economy.

In recent years the festival was reduced to five days from ten after six years of losses. It also was bumped to mid-July from its previous time around the July 4th holiday.

Next year's Taste of Chicago is scheduled for July 6-10 in Grant Park.