DOWNTOWN — If you're planning to see a Taste of Chicago concert at the Petrillo Music Shell next week but you don't have tickets, be prepared to break out the blankets.
The 3,000 tickets for seats at Petrillo have already sold out for all concerts during the Taste but the last one, Neon Trees and the Mowgli's on July 14.
That's a complete turnaround from last year, when the city first started charging $25 per ticket, said Mary May, spokeswoman for the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Only one Taste concert last year sold out, and the city lost money on the Taste overall.
"We are thrilled!" May said. "Certainly it’s a tremendous gain for Taste of Chicago."
Seats are gone for the Taste opener, fun. July 10, Robin Thicke July 11, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters July 12 and Jill Scott July 13, all starting with opening acts at 5:30 p.m. A children's show featuring IM5 and Chloe and Halle is free to all comers at 11 a.m. July 13.
Lawn seating to all concerts remains free.
This year, Taste of Chicago has also added food trucks organized around the concerts in Butler Field, where it's free to set up blankets or folding chairs for the Petrillo concerts, and a new lineup of pop-up restaurants as well.
Shows on a stage at the south end of the Taste grounds remain free, including Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials July 12 and climaxing with Kelly Hogan July 14.