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Riot Fest will return to Douglass Park this summer

Festivalgoers are seen on day three of Riot Fest on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, at Douglass Park in Chicago.

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The Rundown: Riot Fest moves to the suburbs

Plus, Jessie Montgomery is Chicago’s most in-demand classical music collaborator. Here’s what you need to know today.

Good afternoon! Chicago’s famous Manny’s Deli may be in the new season of “The Bear.” Here’s what else you need to know today.

1. Riot Fest is moving to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview

The rock music festival is moving out of Douglass Park to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, my colleagues Miriam Di Nunzio, Stefano Esposito and Emmanuel Camarillo report for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The festival, running Sept. 20-22, will feature more than 90 bands and encompass “RiotLand,” an immersive “Choose Your Own Adventure” world, organizers announced today.

Co-founder Mike Petryshyn, better known as “Riot Mike,” blamed the Chicago Park District for the move.

Ald. Monique Scott, 24th Ward, expressed her support for Riot Fest in a letter.

“The park district acknowledged that the festival has far exceeded the minimum approval requirements and is scheduled to be granted approval at the June 12th Board meeting. This decision, while appropriate, came too late. Per park district policy, the original approval should have been granted in April.”

Community organizers have campaigned for Riot Fest and other music festivals to leave Douglass Park, claiming they disturbed patients at nearby Mount Sinai Hospital and tied up park resources for local residents. [Chicago Sun-Times]

2. The CTA recorded an average of 1 million weekday riders in May – the highest number in years

Last month was the first time the transit agency hit that milestone since the pandemic decimated ridership, David Struett reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The CTA also boasted that more people are riding bus routes where service was recently added to meet pre-pandemic levels. An average of 10% more people were riding those improved routes, while other bus routes saw gains of 3%.

CTA chief Dorval Carter predicts all bus and rail service will return to pre-pandemic levels by the end of the year.

So far this year, the CTA said it has had 22 days when ridership exceeded 1 million, 12 of which were in May. In 2023, the CTA had 27 days that hit that mark.

The announcement comes as Carter faces calls to resign from a large contingent of City Council members. [Chicago Sun-Times]

3. Some community groups oppose a federal monitor of Chicago Police traffic stops

Witnesses at federal court hearings yesterday said they worried that adding traffic stops to a mandate to reform the Chicago Police Department would actually slow attempts to curb the controversial practice of pretextual stops, my colleague Tom Schuba reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Speakers argued the federal consent decree issued in 2019 isn’t the proper way to address a pressing issue that came under increased scrutiny this year when Dexter Reed was killed in a gunfight with police tactical officers who purportedly stopped him for not wearing a seat belt.

Police Superintendent Larry Snelling has pushed to have traffic stops monitored under the consent decree while touting a significant year-to-date decrease under his watch, saying that doing so would provide “long-term oversight over how CPD conducts traffic stops.” [Chicago Sun-Times]

4. The City Council is expected to sign off on an expansion of O’Hare Airport and a makeover of LaSalle Street

Mayor Brandon Johnson should get approval to move forward with the projects, both of which have been years in the making, Fran Spielman reports for the Chicago Sun-Times.

The O’Hare expansion plans call for building the first of what could be two satellite concourses and planning for a phased construction of the global terminal that will replace what is now Terminal 2. Construction of a second satellite concourse and the connecting tunnel would be completed only if enough funds remain.

Johnson has said he is committed to the entire design of the expansion, including building the second concourse.

The LaSalle Street plans include four projects that would convert office buildings to apartments.

Today’s City Council vote would move two of those four projects forward by authorizing nearly $160 million in tax-exempt multifamily housing revenue bonds. [Chicago Sun-Times]

5. Exit CSO composer in residence. Enter Jessie Montgomery, Chicago’s most in-demand classical collaborator.

The orchestra will perform tomorrow a final work from Montgomery — the grace note on her wildly prolific three-year run as the city’s adopted new-music superstar, WBEZ contributor Graham Meyer reports.

During Montgomery’s time as composer in residence, the classical music community in Chicago — both at the CSO and more broadly — has embraced her like no other person in the position in recent memory.

Now that her CSO residency is ending, Montgomery has decided to remain in Pilsen, where she lives. She will continue the Young Composers Initiative she launched with the CSO, mentoring high-school-age composers and shepherding works of theirs to public performance.

“Chicago is a place where there’s a real hunger and a real interest for new works,” she told WBEZ. “Anytime I’ve ever had a new piece performed [here], I get a lot of immediate feedback from the audience, which is really great. Mostly positive, luckily. Usually the people have only nice things to say, but also interesting critique.” [WBEZ]

Here’s what else is happening

  • Basketball legend Jerry West — whose silhouette is the NBA logo — has died at 86. [ESPN]
  • The feds kept interest rates steady after prices rose 3.3% this year through May. [New York Times]
  • President Joe Biden announced a plan to remove medical debt from credit reports. [NPR]
  • Disney replaced Splash Mountain with a ride that focuses on the company’s first Black princess. [New York Times]

Oh, and one more thing …

Want to have Italian beef and deep dish pizza in one meal? A collaboration between Portillo’s and Lou Malnati’s makes that possible, Block Club Chicago reports.

The Chicago-area chains are selling Italian beef deep dish pizza meal kits exclusively through the Taste of Chicago website.

The pizza combines Lou’s buttery crust, plum tomatoes, Wisconsin mozzarella and Portillo’s slow-roasted Italian beef with either Portillo’s homemade sweet peppers or hot giardiniera

Prices for the kits range from $77 to $152. [Block Club]

Tell me something good …

What movies, TV shows and music are you looking forward to this summer?

Mark writes:

“The release of The Warning’s 4th studio album, ‘Keep Me Fed’ album on June 28. They’ve teased us with some tracks already. If you don’t know them, they are a band of three sisters from [Monterrey], Mexico who have been writing, recording and performing hard rock songs for the last 8 or 9 years. They are now 19, 22, and 24 (do the math). These young ladies love their fans, interact with them, and by all accounts are polite, humble, sweet human beings who really enjoy being on stage playing absolutely awesome hard rock music for their fans.”

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