The Taste of Rogers Park
The Taste of Rogers Park
The Taste of Rogers Park festival is for the people by the people to promote local musicians, our businesses, art district and beaches.
The Taste of Rogers Park festival is for the people by the people to promote local musicians, our businesses, art district and beaches. Read more
About this project
Rogers Park is the most diverse community in the City of Chicago. On every block there are different languages, dialects spoken, various religious beliefs and a vast array of lifestyles. Many of our greatest tastes of diversity can be experienced through our restaurants and local businesses.
Curated by World Business Chicago's SEED Chicago program, and approved by renowned food critics Zagat...
The Taste of Rogers Park is planned to be hosted at the Artists of the Wall area of Loyola Beach Park in August 2014 and feature 20 restaurants, 40 businesses and a Main Stage in the lakefront breeze!
Make the Taste of Rogers Park happen in 2014 instead of 2015 by Pledging for some great Rogers Park rewards on the Official Kickstarter today!
Creating the Taste of Rogers Park
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce events coordinator, Mark Finley came up with this great idea three years ago, to have a Taste of Rogers Park. The initial idea was to bring people from all over the United States to show them our beaches, art district, the eclectic small businesses, and the cultural diversity the perseveres throughout our community day in and day out.
Since the ideas incubation, the board decided that the Taste of Rogers Park should be a benefit to our community, by our community.
As a result, the Taste of Rogers Park will host mostly local musicians and businesses.
Businesses and organizations that work in Rogers Park will have priority. Non-Rogers Park businesses will be very limited, and only invited if Rogers Park business sponsorship is not full.
Lucy Smith of the Loyola Park Advisory Council and Artists of the Wall committee on the upcoming Taste of Rogers Park.
We are hopeful that local musicians will come out of the wood work and play their songs on our stage, and that local organizations will help by face-painting, doing arts and crafts and other fun items for children.
Musicians will get an hour on stage with half hour transitions between where Platinum sponsors will have the opportunity to speak to the crowd!
Tables for the event
The tables will start selling in February of 2014. Chamber members and Taste of Rogers Park sponsors will receive a $100.00 discount on their table. The funding for tables will go towards the amazing musicians who will be performing on stage and selling their music throughout the day.
There will be forty tables in total at our first Taste of Rogers Park:
Twenty Restaurants $400.00 for a table, plus insurance
Ten For-Profits $300.00 for a table, plus insurance
Ten Not-For-Profits $200.00 for a table, plus insurance
For those who want a table, we highly recommend going to Insurance Brokers INC, (on Rogers Avenue), a Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce member, and getting a quote.
Our Sponsorship Levels are three-tiered, (listed on the column to the right) are:
- Silver Level Sponsorship ($250) - Your name or logo will be printed on our flyers and posters. You will get a mention in press release in consideration for news articles.
- Gold Level Sponsorship ($500) - Every benefit of the Silver Level Sponsorship with the addition of your logo on our banners before and during the Taste of Rogers Park.
- Platinum Level Sponsorship ($1,000) - Every benefit of the Gold Level Sponsorship with the addition of your name mentioned on stage during the Taste or an opportunity to speak to our patrons from the stage.
Additional Sponsorship options:
- Top Ten (first 10 Silver, Gold or Platinum Sponsors) - choice table location, (with purchase of table) with specialized series of banners specifically for being the first ten to sponsor the Taste of Rogers Park.
- The One and Only ($3,000, limit three sponsors) - You can be the One and Only to sell your variety of ware! Must be specific. (Examples: Chicken, Gyros, Pizza). The One and Only Sponsorship also includes all benefits of a Platinum Level Sponsor.
Because our Kickstarter is curated by World Business Chicago, if our goal of $10,000 is met, MillerCoors will pledge an additional $5,000 to support the Taste of Rogers Park.
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If you would like more information or would like to meet your local chamber of commerce please feel free to contact Chamber Secretary Autumn Davids:
Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 268292
Chicago IL, 60626-8292
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk and challenge involved is not gaining approval for the Taste of Rogers Park to be hosted at Loyola Park. If that occurs, we plan on working with one of the other parks and their advisory councils to relocate the event. It will still happen.
The second risk is getting appropriate security from the Chicago Police Department, however we have already spoken with the appropriate CAPS beat facilitators, and ensured that once we have the event approved and located that they will check the perimeter and event itself to ensure the safety and security of the tables, residents, musicians, volunteers, and others working on this event.
The third risk is funding. We need $10,000 to launch the Taste of Rogers Park, and without that funding, we may have to utilize other sources of funding, or the event may be postponed to another year.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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