The Foo Fighters, The Cure and Death Cab for Cutie are among the headliners announced Tuesday by Riot Fest. Whether they’ll take the stage is still up in the air.
Riot Fest Announces Foo Fighters, Death Cab for Cutie and The Cure as Headliners, But Still Doesn’t Have a Permit for Douglass Park
Not Everyone Hates Riot Fest at Douglass Park. Supporters Tell Park District the Event is an ‘Asset to North Lawndale’
Opponents want Riot Fest out of Douglass Park, but supporters of the festival say it has been an asset to the North Lawndale community.
Hyde Park Summer Fest Sails Through Chicago’s New Approval Process, But Riot Fest Organizers Still Face Wall of Opposition
A new policy gives Park District commissioners final say over permits for so-called “mega festivals.” It received its first test Wednesday.
Large Events — Looking at You, Riot Fest — Now Require Approval of Park District Board of Commissioners
On Wednesday, commissioners unanimously approved an amendment to the Park District’s code that gives members of the board the final say on permits for large-scale events held in the city's parks.
The latest damage comes after the park has been used for three massive Chicago festivals this summer: Summer Smash in June, Heatwave in July and Riot Fest this past weekend. Riot Fest alone brings some 40,000 attendees to the park each day.
Last Hurrah in Douglass Park for Riot Fest? Park District Board to Insert Itself into Permit Process for Large Events
An amendment has been proposed to the Chicago Park District code, which, if approved, would insert commissioners into the permit approval process for events drawing more than 10,000 attendees.
Where some see the return of Riot Fest as a step in the right direction for Chicago’s reopening, others say closing their neighborhood green space for a “riot for rich people” is a “slap in the face” to communities traumatized by COVID-19.
“His drive and passion really laid the groundwork for an environment for this culture to thrive,” said Louie Mendicino, Sean McKeough’s friend of 10 years. “He created a space for people to cultivate their art.”
Chicago music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer with the Grateful Dead and Lollapalooza making headlines here. But Humboldt Park neighbors rejected the return of Riot Fest. Rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis join us to talk about the headliners and the headlines.
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