… So they came up with an idea to spend even more money that they don’t have. They propose a multi-million dollar deal to hire some French puppeteers – they have 50 foot high puppets.
If this happened anywhere but Chicago that place would be a laughingstock. But in the windy city it’s business as usual.
From the Chicago Tribune:
Chicago has come up with a really big idea to boost tourism: giant puppets roaming the city’s streets for days in an elaborate theatrical presentation.
A multimillion-dollar deal is in the works to make Chicago the stage for Royal de Luxe, a French street theater company featuring marionettes as tall as 50 feet, during the summer of 2016, according to sources.
Chicago would be the first foray into the U.S. for Royal de Luxe, and officials confirmed Friday that talks are underway to bring the giant puppets to town.
“The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events talks to artists and organizations from around the globe on a daily basis about bringing performances to Chicago,” said Jamey Lundblad, a spokesman for the city. “We’ve spoken with Royal de Luxe and believe their unique street theater productions have a positive social and economic impact on their host cities.”