GARFIELD PARK — Hundreds of fans flocked to the Garfield Park Conservatory Thursday night to join Chance the Rapper in celebrating the release of his highly anticipated debut studio album “The Big Day.”
While fans were hoping he would drop the new album at the party, they were left wanting with only two tracks from the new record included in his set list.
Chance announced the free event just one day before the party, and admitted fans on a first-come, first-served basis. The location for the party was not given to lucky fans who snagged tickets until just hours before the event.
The Conservatory hosted around 500 fans in Horticulture Hall, where a DJ warmed up the stage for Chance, who then performed 10 songs for the crowd, including a freestyle rap.
Chance’s current discography consists of five mixtapes, most of which were self-released at no cost to his fans. “The Big Day” will be the rapper’s first full-length studio album.
With many music lovers desperate to hear what he has been working on since 2016’s “Coloring Book,” fans took to Twitter to show Chance some love and hype up the new album.
Chance, a Chatham native, officially dropped the album at noon Friday.
Pascal Sabino is a Report for America corps member covering Austin, North Lawndale and Garfield Park for Block Club Chicago.