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Mumford And Sons Show Leaves Cricket Hill in Decent Shape

By Mina Bloom | June 22, 2015 4:00pm

UPTOWN — The Mumford & Sons lakefront show Friday evening was fun for ticket-holders — the Stanley Cup even showed up.

But how did the show, which drew roughly 35,000 people, impact the neighborhood?

Away from Cricket Hill, the grassy hill near Montrose Beach where the concert was held, 36 cars were towed in the area, police said.

As for the hill, it appeared to be in decent shape Monday morning save for some less-than-perfect muddy areas. The hill itself looked lush, but there was some patchy grass and mud at the base of the hill.

Some muddy areas at the base of the hill. [All Photos by DNAinfo/Mina Bloom]

Patchy grass at the base of the hill.

The hill itself looked lush Monday morning.

"Over the next several days, the Chicago Park District will conduct a walk-through with the concert promoters to assess the grounds and determine if repairs and/or additional clean-up is needed," Chicago park district spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner said in a written statement.

Those who plan to attend The Beach Boys and Kool & The Gang show Friday at The Dock at Montrose Beach, 200 W. Montrose Harbor Drive, shouldn't be impacted. While Cricket Hill is located just west of the beach, the dock is on the beach itself, overlooking Lake Michigan. 

The Mumford & Sons show, which was originally scheduled last Wednesday but had to be postponed until Friday due to weather concerns, created parking restrictions in the area.

Signs were posted all along Montrose Avenue and Wilson Avenue, among other streets, prohibiting parking from 1 p.m. Friday through 2 a.m. Saturday. An official with JAM Productions, the promoter that put on the event, urged ticket-holders to take public transportation or ride bikes to the show, citing a lack of parking near Cricket Hill.

A total of 36 cars were towed for not abiding by the no-parking signs, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a Chicago police spokesman, and Molly Poppe, a spokeswoman for the city's Department of Streets and Sanitation.

Estrada said he received the towing figure from the Town Hall police district, which counted tow reports submitted in the vicinity of the concert.

There were zero official noise complaints, according to Melissa Stratton, a spokeswoman for the city's Office of Emergency Management.

But some residents took to community message board EveryBlock to voice concerns. 

One resident said: "I can hear the show plain as day from 6200 N Broadway... That thing is LOUD." 

Another resident said: "The show was so obnoxiously loud that it was audible 3 miles away in Bowmanville." 

Social media reports suggested that there were some issues at the concert, including long lines for bathrooms, bikes and booze. A Chicago police spokesman could not immediately say if any arrests were made.

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