CHICAGO — Blockbuster musical acts including fun., Delta Spirit, Robin Thicke, Neon Trees and Jill Scott will headline the Taste of Chicago, the city announced Wednesday, in a move that could lead fans to gobble up tickets to the cash-strapped event.
Seats to see the artists play at Grant Park's Petrillo Music Shell will cost $25. Lawn seating and standing up to watch the shows will remain free.
Tickets are set to go on sale May 15 on the Taste website.
The city's recent efforts to raise more money at the event, including charging patrons for seats and cutting the event down to five days, couldn't save the Taste from losing even more money in 2012.
Last year's Taste was cut from 10 to five days, yet still lost $1.3 million — $300,000 more than the losses in 2011.
On July 10, Grammy Award-winning fun., known for radio favorites such as "We Are Young," kicks off the lineup with indie band Delta Spirit, which played at Lollapalooza last summer.
Highlights for kids include Radio Disney's Chloe and Hallie and IM5 on July 13.
The full schedule has yet to be announced.
The headliner schedule:
Wednesday, July 10, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 11, 5:30 p.m.
Friday, July 12, 5:30 p.m.
The Lone Bellow
Robert Plant Presents The Sensational Space Shifters
Saturday, July 13, 11 a.m.
Chloe and Hallie
Saturday, July 13, 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.