A SAD DAY FOR CHICAGO EVENT GOERS
Though many are not surprised, a disappointing announcement came Tuesday as Chicago's Mayor Lori Lightfoot made the announcement that all large outdoor events have been canceled through Labor Day (Sept. 7) and this means Lollapalooza, Taste of Chicago and Air & Water Show to name a few.
The Mayor said in a press release: “We must provide ways for people to enjoy the spirit of a Chicago summer while prioritizing health and safety. As difficult as it is to remove these in-person events from our calendar, we are pulling out all the stops for an inventive, engaging and fun festival season this summer.”
Soon after the announcement was released, Lollapalooza posted a statement in social mediat. "We wish we could bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again this year, but we understand why things can't move forward as planned. ... Rest assured, we will be working hard behind the scenes to deliver Chicago a spectacular celebration of Lollapalooza's 30th anniversary in the summer of 2021, and we can't wait to celebrate with you."
Other major events have been cancelled including The Chicago Air and Water Show and the Taste of Chicago. The Taste of Chicago will be re-imagined as "Taste of Chicago To-GO" which will have a community eats program supporting 25 neighborhood restaurants and food trucks providing free meals to non-profits serving healthcare and other frontline workers, the city says.
Summer most certainly will not be the same around Chicagoland.