While the Mayor’s Office of Special Events has been spearheading the drive to privatize the city’s biggest free music festivals in Grant Park, the Daley administration has been dismantling the Department of Cultural Affairs, which has been responsible for the far more rewarding free concerts in Millennium Park and countless other worthy events annually at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Twenty employees at Cultural Affairs were laid off on Friday, including many key programmers. This brings to a total of 29 the number of employees eliminated at the department since October, according to city spokesman Peter Scales of the Office of Budget and Management.
We will be anxious to see how this affects some of our free concerts. Hoping they still are around next year...
(Hat Tip: Dick!)