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Spring Awakening Festival Won't Be Held In Jackson Park

By Sam Cholke | April 15, 2016 1:46pm | Updated on April 18, 2016 8:29am
 The Spring Awakening Festival won't be in Jackson Park and is again looking for a new venue.
The Spring Awakening Festival won't be in Jackson Park and is again looking for a new venue.
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HYDE PARK — The Spring Awakening Festival is out of Jackson Park a little less than two months before its scheduled to start.

The June 10-12 festival has moved locations several times already and now appears to be moving again, with the location taken down off the festival’s website.

"The promoters are looking at other Chicago Park District parks," said Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, a spokeswoman for the Chicago Park District. "No permit has been finalized at this point."

She declined to say why the festival was moving.

The Jackson Park Watch group, which had complained about the festival moving to the park from Soldier Field, said the group has been told by Kim Du Buclet, director of legislative and community affairs for the park district, that the festival will not be held in the park.

“She told us that while the event organizer is still selling tickets online, it is doing so without a Park District permit and is looking for another venue for the festival,” group founders Brenda Nelms and Margaret Schmid wrote in a letter to the group.

Festival organizers did not respond to requests for comment.

It’s unclear how many tickets have been sold, though the festival website says it sold out all of its presale tickets, which went on sale in February.

No acts have yet been announced for the festival and it remains unclear whether it will move or cancel. The festival had briefly been expected to be held in Washington Park in June, but then was announced in Jackson Park instead.

The festival started in 2008 and in 2012 moved to Soldier Field, with an audience of more than 40,000 people last year, but the festival was also marked by the death of a festival-goer who died of an apparent drug overdose.

The festival’s web site continues to sell tickets for $189 for a three-day pass.

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