Did you know that there will be no fireworks at the Taste of Chicago this year?

Did you know that there will be no fireworks at the Taste of Chicago this year?

Ok...I know I haven't blogged in forever. I'm hella busy. However, I figured what better way to relaunch my blog than by mouthing off about how totally weak it is that we are witnessing the death of a log running Chicago tradition?

As every Chicagoan knows, a huge fireworks display is one of the main attractions for the Taste of Chicago. It takes place every year on July 3rd, without fail. But this year there shall be no "rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air" because The Chicago Park District has decided that they weren't in the budget. Mayor Rahm Emanuel had this to say about it: "We can't afford it, and we're gonna make some decisions."  The Chicago Park District has stated that getting rid of the fireworks display saves the park district $110,000 in production costs alone. Apparently last year's attempts to save money by scaling back the fireworks and moving them to Montrose Harbor and 59th Street wasn't affective. If you have gone to The Taste over the past few years, you might have noticed that the "scaling back" has been going on for quite some time. Every year there are fewer vendors, which leads to longer lines and, in my opinion, less of a reason to go to The Taste. In fact, the only reason I go is for the July 3rd fireworks. For me, the news of the fireworks being cancelled was a total bummer.

In spite of the traditional July 3rd display being cut, the holiday weekend will not be firework-free. Navy Pier has a fireworks show on July 4th every year, except THIS year it's gonna be the city's only fireworks display so it is probably gonna be pandemonium near the pier. Last year Navy Pier had to close early on fireworks night because of too many people, so lets just hope the same doesn't happen this year.

So... are you still gonna go to The Taste of Chicago? Comment below. I'm interested to know if the fireworks were as big of a draw to the festival as I think they are, and if the lack of them is going to make The Taste less of a success.

If you're looking for something to do on July 3rd that will be a suitable replacement for a huge, bad ass fireworks display in downtown Chicago, come to Dayfest at Reggie's Rock Club. It's a music extravaganza that starts at 2pm and lasts until 9pm. I'm one of the headliner's for the event. Click here for more info on Dayfest.

Me. Rocking out.

Also, I am looking for a few brave souls to do a challenge with me. Well known fitness guru, Siddiqu "The Personal Trainer," along with Chicago Fit For Life are starting an initiative called "No More Jiggle July." This is what they have to say about the initiative:

July 5th-July 31st Its going down!!! CF4L along with Siddiqu "The Personal Trainer" is asking everyone to commit to a body fat % reduction plan!  Why? Well March Meltdown was a huge success and we saw people lose weight in extreme high #'s.  And lets be honest, everyone has a little jiggle here or a jiggle there that they would like to get rid of.  The target area for everyone seems to be the midsection but there is so much jiggle going around we plan on encouraging each other to make it all disappear.  As of right now we have over 300 people signed on.  Pig out (not actual pig) July 4th and commit yourself to a 4 week exercise and diet plan thereafter. Every week you will receive a new set of rules and we will constantly make updates on my Facebook page.  Compile the instructions by printing them out or constantly reading them on-line.  Update your facebook and twitter statuses with information on how "No More Jiggle July" is going for YOU!

So... who's gonna do this challenge with me? Aside from the fact that you'll be getting weekly work out advice from people who train entertainers and pro athletes, you will also advice on nutrition that will benefit you long after the 26 day challenge is over. If you'd like to participate, email Chicago Fit For Life at  Chicagofit4life@yahoo.com with the subject "No Jiggle July" and ask them to send you the official rules. I'll be documenting my experiences with this challenge on my blog, so look forward to lots of bitching, complaining, and half naked pics showing off how great I look over the next few weeks! LoL. Enjoy your holiday weekend!


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  • Great post, Nikki.

    I attended the Taste fireworks show on July 3, 2008 (when there multiple shootings) and I saw how the city had changed. Back in the 1980s and 90s, when both of us were little tots, you didn't have to worry about stuff like that. But I guess the city of Chicago feels its better on their pockets and their conscience to scale back.

    Maybe this will influence all of those putting on "amateur" fireworks shows to get training to do neighborhood shows. I don't like the sound of random M-80s going off in my neighborhood. I'd prefer that all the aldermen coordinate neighborhood displays and maybe have you come out to perform. :)

  • In reply to MrIsaacs:

    You are right, it was far safer when we were little kids. The quality of The Taste has been diminishing for years, in my opinion. AND, I also hate the sound of amateur fireworks on my block, I hear them year round believe it or not. LoL. I'd gladly donate a free performance to keep that foolishness from happening.

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