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West Siders Protest Riot Fest By Holding Their Own Music Fest: ‘Our People Can Do Without Big Festivals’

Residents have for years voiced concerns about the festival being held at Douglass Park — and their frustrations came to a head this summer after a third mega fest moved into the park.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lollapalooza, Riot Fest And Other Big Festivals Could Require Chicago Park District Board Approval Under Proposal

Festival operators may need to get Park District board sign-off for special events hosting 10,000 people or more a day in any of Chicago's public parks.

Citywide

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

Live Near Douglass Park? You Can Sign Up Saturday For Free Tickets To Riot Fest

Neighbors of Douglass Park can stop by Saturday to sign up for free tickets to the punk rock and alternative music festival.

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

With Much Of Douglass Park Closed To Public For 3 Music Fests, Some Residents Say ‘Almost The Entire Summer Is Ruined’

Summer Smash took over much of Douglass Park Juneteenth weekend and Heatwave Festival and Riot Fest are coming later this summer. It can take weeks to set up and tear down the fests each time.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Lineup Announced: Nine Inch Nails, The Misfits, My Chemical Romance And More

Three-day passes for the punk rock music fest at Douglass Park are on sale now.

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

Riot Fest Is Over, But Douglass Park Neighbors Say They Won’t Be Able To Use The Park For Weeks Due To Cleanup

Half of Douglass Park closes during music festival season, keeping sports teams and families out of the area's main park. While some neighbors are frustrated, others say it's worth the economic boost.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Returns To Douglass Park: PHOTOS

The Smashing Pumpkins, Lupe Fiasco and Coheed and Cambria took the stage for the rainy return of the annual festival.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Concertgoers Can Get Vaccinated At The Medical Tent All Weekend

Vaccines will be available 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the medical tent near the Douglass Park entrance at Ogden Avenue and Sacramento Boulevard.

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

Lawndale Residents Can Sign Up Sunday For Free Tickets To Riot Fest

The music festival is also hosting a job fair so it can hire nearby residents for temporary positions.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest 1-Day Tickets Go On Sale Noon Friday, And Lupe Fiasco, Smashing Pumpkins Announced As Headliners

Three-day passes to the September festival quickly sold out last week.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Riot Fest Lineup Announced: Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Pixies And More

Three-day passes for the punk rock music fest went on sale Friday but quickly sold out. One-day passes will go on sale next week.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Is Festival Season Happening This Summer? Pitchfork And Riot Fest Organizers Make Plans, While Others Look To 2022

More than 200 permit applications have been submitted for 2021 events, but whether fests can be staged is "fully dependent on where we are in the arc of the virus,” Lightfoot said.

Citywide

Riot Fest Postponing To 2021 — But My Chemical Romance, Run The Jewels And More To Perform

Instead, the festival will be held Sept. 17-19, 2021, with a preview party that Sept. 16.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

All Large Summer Events Should Be Canceled, Pritzker Says Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Major festivals including Lollapalooza, Riot Fest and Pitchfork have been mum on their plans.

Downtown

Here’s How NOT To Be A Rude Jerk At Riot Fest, According To Douglas Park Neighbors

North Lawndale neighbors weighed in on everything from public urination (you monster!) to getting involved locally after the fest closes.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
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