Security plans same for shorter Taste of Chicago

CHICAGO – Chicago police say security plans for a scaled-back Taste of Chicago will be similar to last year.

The annual food festival starts Wednesday and runs for five days. It’s shorter than last year and comes later in the summer.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said there will be police presence inside and outside the event with both uniformed and undercover officers working to control crowds.

There will be limited entry points and private security will help out.

In recent years, there have been incidents of violence surrounding the event. In 2008, one person was killed and three injured during a shooting near the event. Since then police have amped up security.

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