VIP tickets to Emanuel reception to cost $50K

April 13, 2011 7:42:13 PM PDT
VIP access into Rahm Emanuel's inauguration festivities will cost you $50,000.

The Chicago News Cooperative reports that amount could also buy you tickets for a concert -- a reception and a dinner in the mayor-elect's honor.

Details of the inaugural festivities and the prices for access to the events are listed in invitations that the committee sent out this week.

"Fundraising" invitations have been sent out.

Emanuel has said inaugural celebrations will be paid for with private funds - no taxpayer money will be spent.

Besides the swearing-in ceremony on May 16, the committee has also planned a concert at Grant Park for May 14.

Emanuel staffers say some events that have not been announced yet will be free and open to the public.