Sayonora Humboldt Park and hello Douglas Park!
Weeks after Alderman Roberto Maldonado opposed the return of Riot Fest Chicago to their home of a few years, Humboldt Park, the multi-day festival has formally announced that it has moved to a new location this year.
But don’t think festival organizers who are one heck of a vocal bunch are holding back over their distaste of the situation.
Instead of letting the Alderman have the final say, Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough decided it would be better to move the festival to another location instead of being used as a “pawn.”
“Recently, as evidenced in the media, there were those who attempted to divide the Humboldt Park community with unfair and unjust tactics that in no way represent the overwhelming majority of the 26th Ward residents and businesses. And while Riot Fest supporters stressed that without question, Riot Fest has done nothing short of showing their unparalleled devotion to the city and the neighborhood they called home, Riot Fest partners, Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough made the ethical decision not to allow the festival to be used as a pawn and removed Riot Fest from the conversation regarding the ever-changing face of Humboldt Park.”
In their statement, they even revealed that they thought about moving the festival out Chicago all together. Quite a blow to the city when you realize over 160,000 people attended the 2014 edition of the festival.
After surveying all the options, the partners decided to move Riot Fest ten minutes from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park.
“After looking into a nearly dozen options on the table, which included leaving the city limits altogether, Mike and Sean chose Douglas Park as Riot Fest’s new home because of the beauty of the park, it’s proximity to public transportation, the accessibility for fans, the diversity of the neighborhood and the overwhelming feeling that they were welcomed and wanted.”
Apparently, the welcoming feeling was mutual.
Unlike the 26th Ward Alderman, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas seemed to be pleased to welcome the festival to his neighborhood with open arms.
“From Woodstock to Riot Fest it’s about unity and creating a positive community,” said Ald. Cardenas.
“It’s as American pie as you can get. We are excited that Riot Fest has honored us by selecting Douglas Park as its new home. More importantly, the community is thrilled to say ‘welcome’ to the over 150,000 fans, artists and staff that make Riot Fest possible. We look forward to working with Riot Fest, Mike and Sean, and we welcome the economic impact Riot Fest brings to the community.”
But the new location isn’t the only piece of information Petryshyn and McKeough have given fans of the festival. Turns out, the line-ups for all three Riot Fests (Chicago, Denver, and Toronto) will be revealed next week.
No official date have been given for the reveals, so we’re just going to suggest that you keep an eye on their Twitter account all next week.
Riot Fest Chicago will take place during the weekend of Sept. 11-13.