By | Rachel Brooks
Staff | Telegraph Local
Above, Lollapalooza in Chicago 2017, CC By SA 4.0 International license.
Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago, and other summer festivals have been canceled by the city. This was reported by The Chicago Tribune on June 9 at 3:28pm. It was likewise reported by CBS 2. CBS stated that the Air and Water Show was on this list of cancellations that come in the wake of both the coronavirus crisis and civil rights riots. CBS 2 also states that the cancellations of these summer festivals came after weeks of speculation as to whether or not they would be able to commence.
The cancellation of the summer festivals comes after Mayor Lori Lightfoot made statements that coronavirus is still a risk to public health. She states that COVID-19 will remain a “viable threat” until there is a vaccine created for the virus. She, therefore, denounced the move to go forward with the summer festivals that would have brought thousands of people together at once.
WGN-TV corroborated the reports from The Chicago Tribune and CBS 2. WGN-TV also stated that the city will cancel all summer-scheduled athletic events along with parades and festivals. These were summarized as “all permitted special events.” All special events have been cancelled through Labor Day, as was stated in an official press release from the City of Chicago.
“Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced a slate of new and reimagined summer events including at-home dance parties, drive-in movies, virtual concerts and community meals for frontline workers. DCASE will produce more than 150 events this summer. Many of these programs support the local music industry during the Year of Chicago Music — now extended into 2021.
Today, DCASE also shared new guidance for large outdoor events across the City of Chicago, cancelling all permitted special events through Labor Day. Regrettably, this includes many of Chicago’s annual summertime traditions: Chicago SummerDance, Taste of Chicago and Lollapalooza in Grant Park; the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach; Chicago Jazz Festival in Millennium Park; the majority of programming at the Chicago Riverwalk, the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park; Maxwell Street Market through Labor Day; the Jumping Jack Program; and other festivals, parades and athletic events — some of which have already been cancelled,” said the introduction of the press release that was released on June 9.
The press release went on to describe the criteria for reimagined public events in detail.
“New and reimagined summer events include:
- “Millennium Park at Home” will continue with a genre-defying Music Series featuring Jon Langford, The Braided Janes, Zeshan B, Sen Morimoto and other local musicians on Thursdays (June 18 and 25, 6–7:30pm; July 9, 16 and 23, 6–7:30pm); and Blues Music performances by Melody Angel, John Primer, Toronzo Cannon and others are rescheduled for July 31–August 2 at 6–8pm. Additionally, Workouts — an alternating weekly schedule of Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates and Zumba© — will be online Saturdays (June 6–August 29, 8–9am).
- “SummerDance in Place,” a new citywide, at-home version of Chicago SummerDance will invite residents to plan socially-distant dance parties of up to 10 people — in their homes and backyards, and on porches, balconies and sidewalks — connected via a live broadcast and social media. Programs will include a 30-minute lesson followed by 60 minutes of music on Wednesday evenings in July (July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29). Dance genres include Salsa, Swing and Line Dancing.
- “Taste of Chicago To-Go” will include an expanded Community Eats program (July 8–12), supporting about 25 neighborhood restaurants and food trucks while providing free meals to nonprofits serving healthcare and other frontline workers. DCASE will also organize a food truck procession (July 8) and online cooking demos (July 8–12).
- In lieu of the popular Millennium Park Summer Film Series, DCASE (Chicago Film Office) and the Chicago Park District are planning six drive-in movie nights across the city. The events will have a limited capacity of 50 cars, all pre-registered — and the City will encourage at-home viewing of the selected movies. Details will be announced soon.
- Beginning in June, in collaboration with local music venues, DCASE will host a series of about 20 live events featuring Chicago musicians performing at neighborhood clubs and other unique locations — for limited in-person engagements, broadcast to larger audiences. This program brings visibility to local music venues, severely impacted by COVID-19. Concerts will include Jazz music (August/September, in lieu of the Chicago Jazz Festival) presented in collaboration with the Jazz Institute of Chicago and 51st Street Business
- Association; Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; Constellation Performing Arts; Elastic Arts Foundation; Jazz Showcase; Kalapriya Foundation; Live The Spirit Residency; Museum of Contemporary Art; Public Media Institute; South Side Jazz Coalition; The Birdhouse, Inc.; and The Hungry Brain.
- Lollapalooza will honor its annual summer tradition by bringing Chicago, and the world, together around a common bond of community, civic engagement and, of course, live music in a weekend-long livestream event July 30–August 2, 2020. Details to be announced next month.
- Chicago Park District, Grant Park Music Festival and many other cultural presenters are also considering — or have already announced — alternative smaller and/or virtual summer events.” read the statement from City of Chicago.