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Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash
Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash

Music Fests Will Now Require Park District Board Approval, But Skeptics Worry City Will Choose ‘Profit Over People’

Music fests in parks have long frustrated residents who are fenced out of public spaces. The new rules give communities more power to weigh in — but it remains to be seen if the board will listen.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Grill Park District: Why Do You Let Music Festivals Take Over Douglass Park Most Of Summer?

Riot Fest and two other music fests take over Douglass Park each summer. “When the park is locked down for 47 days in the summer, our kids have no place to go," one neighbor said.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Douglass Park Neighbors ‘Sad’ And ‘Ignored’ As Music Fests Ruin Their Park All Summer — And Cleanup Won’t Come Until Fall

A soccer team had to move practice after a player was cut by broken glass left in the field after a festival. Residents say instead of listening to their concerns, the city added two more festivals to the park in recent years.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

West Siders Petition To Boot Riot Fest, Lyrical Lemonade And Heatwave From Douglass Park

A third major event, the Heatwave Festival, debuted this weekend at Douglass Park. Some residents are frustrated they are fenced out of their neighborhood park for weeks of the summer so private companies can profit.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Some West Siders Want Lyrical Lemonade Festival Out Of Douglass Park To Make Way For Juneteenth Celebrations

The hip-hop music festival coincides with Juneteenth, a holiday celebrating the emancipation of enslaved people. Some are frustrated a private company seems to get first dibs on the park rather than residents.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Summer Smash Or ‘Fyre Festival’? Workers Walk Off Job, Citing Chaos At Douglass Park Music Fest

The annual festival was disorganized from the start, workers and attendees said. Organizers said no one was hurt and they'll be back next year.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

As Lyrical Lemonade Returns To Douglass Park, Residents Prepare For Hip-Hop — And Headaches

Though some residents complain about the noise, traffic and damage to the park caused by festivals, organizers say they boost West Side businesses and bring people together.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale