The announcement came a day after Lightfoot announced the return of the Chicago Motor Show in July, as well as the goal of fully opening the city by July 4.
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From the Grant Park Music Festival to outdoor yoga at Millennium Park, the city has outlined dozens of events planned to return to Chicago in the coming weeks and months.
The last time a concert was held at the Pritzker Pavilion was in September 201
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“First closing. Last opening. This is the fate of too many of our places for music, arts and culture. And today I am happy to announce that it is finally starting to change,” Lightfoot said.
“We can’t wait to safely welcome the audience this summer to one of the first major live music events at the Pritzker Pavilion in September 2019,” said Paul Winberg, Grant Park Music Festival.
A concert to celebrate Independence Day on July 2 will mark this return. Included in the long list of announced events are: Grant Park Music Festival, Taste of Chicago-To-Go, Old Town Art Fair, Pride in the Park, Printers Row Lit Fest, Chicago SummerDance, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Chinatown Summer Fair .
“We’ve all had a difficult year, and I think it gives us back some hope that we can start having joy again,” said Anne Giffels, president of the 2021 Old Town Arts Fair.
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City officials also announced a new one-month music festival called Chicago In Tune.
“Everyone loves music, and this festival will cover all of our neighborhoods and cover all genres of music in Chicago, from classical to hip-hop and jazz,” said Mark Kelly, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Popular farmer’s markets in Chicago, including Maxwell Street, are also returning, along with the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera, Chicago’s Broadway, and various indoor theatrical performances.
“They are the reward for our perseverance over the last year. Your commitment. Your dedication. Your sacrifice,” Lightfoot said.
Reservations will be required for some events, including the Grant Park Music Festival and the Old Town Arts Fair, which will expand their footprint to accommodate booths 6 feet away.
“There are so many things that make Chicago great, but the return of the arts and culture just puts that on top,” Giffels said.
The city will not require evidence of vaccination to attend these events, but plans to provide mobile vaccination units for many of them.
“We will probably use Johnson and Johnson for obvious reasons,” Lightfoot said. “It’s a shot, but we’re going to advertise the opportunity to get vaccinated on the spot.”
The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events is currently processing applications for outdoor festivals, street and art fairs and athletic events.
The list will be added to the approved more events. The Air & Water Show and Lollapalooza are two of the big ones yet to come.
Chicago has launched a concert series for fully vaccinated residents
On Wednesday morning, the city announced the launch of the Protect Chicago Music Series, a monthly series of music events exclusively for Chicago residents fully vaccinated against COVID-19. It will include a variety of musical events taking place throughout Chicago as an incentive and benefit for Chicagoans who receive the COVID-19 vaccine to protect their families, communities and themselves, the mayor’s office said in a statement.
The launch event will take place on May 22 in Hyde Park. DJ Ron Trent and Dwayne Powell will perform. Silverroom is a partner in the first concert.
Attendees must have received the last dose of two-dose vaccine or one-dose vaccine two weeks before each event in order to be present. Each event will be with tickets, and participants must also bring their CDC vaccination card as proof of vaccination and a corresponding photo ID. Tickets will be distributed for each event via Eventbrite, designated vaccination sites, and will be called.
For the first event, Saturday, May 8, is the last date to receive a single dose vaccine or the second dose of a two-dose vaccine so that you can attend. Tickets will be available first to those attending a special vaccination event between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. On Saturday at the Apostolic Church of the Faith, 3823 S. Indiana Ave. Everyone who is vaccinated at this event with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will receive a free ticket to the concert on May 22. Appointments are preferred but not mandatory and can be scheduled at https://rebrand.ly/MusicSeries.
Individuals who have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can also participate in the music series. Tickets for the May 22 event will be released at noon next Monday when The Silverroom launches live with the Eventbrite RSVP portal in https://thesilverroom.com/.
Additional dates and performers in the Protect Chicago Music Series will be announced in the coming weeks of the summer.
The music returns to Millennium Park
The Grant Park Music Festival will return to Millennium Park this summer.
“We’re still working out exactly what the capacity at the Pritzker Pavilion will be for our concerts this summer, so it will be a little different,” said Paul Winberg, president and CEO of the Grant Park Music Festival. “Another thing that will be really different is that although all our concerts and events are free, they will require a reservation.
He said you would have to reserve a seat online or talk to a patronage representative, whether in the seating area or on the Grand Lawn.
Visit GrantParkMusicFestival.com For more information.
The Chicago Motor Show returns to McCormick Place in July
The abbreviated car show will take place on July 15-19, which is shorter than the normal nine-day run in February, which will restore jobs and give an economic boost.
The show will move to Hall F in the west building with 470,000 square feet of interior space and 100,000 square feet of outdoor space on Indiana Avenue, where test drives will take place. There are also plans for a street festival that will include cars, food and entertainment.
Face masks will be needed at all times. There will be contactless ticket delivery. Temperatures will be scanned and a medical questionnaire must be completed before entering. No vaccine will be needed.
The show will be smaller, limited to 10,000 people at a time and shorter, but still included.
McCormick Place has been temporarily turned into an alternative care facility in case hospitals are overcrowded.
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