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Taste of Chicago reopens Sunday after rainfall and flooding
About noon Saturday, the city’s Office of Emergency Management made the announcement that the festival would be closed because of “excessive rainfall and flooding on the festival grounds.”
“This was not a decision that was made lightly,” said Michelle Boone, commissioner of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, as she stood near large puddles of standing water on Saturday. “We love presenting the Taste of Chicago annually, but we cannot do that at the expense of any safety for visitors or residents.”
Contributing: Matt McKinney, Megan Graham
Pam Viere of Lake Benton, Minnesota (right) with (from left) her daughter Angela Veire of Minneapolis, her daughter-in-law Linn Veire of Minneapolis, their Friend Brittany Bunkers of Minneapolis, her daughter Allison Veire of Minneapolis, and their friend Megan Potasek of Milwaukee, stand outside Saturday the closed down Taste of Chicago. | Michael Schmidt/Sun-Times