We are finally less than one week away from the Rockin' The Blocks festival presented by the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce. The inaugural event will be held this Saturday, July 28th from Noon until 11 p.m. at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot. Located at the corner of Brockway and Slade, the Festival will be right in the heart of suburban Palatine.
The festival will feature tons of food and drinks. Brothers Ribs will be on hand with a pig roast. Culver's, Pizza Bella, and Morkes Chocolate will also be on hand offering their sweet treats. Immanuel Lutherine and the Rotary Club of Palatine will be offering an assortment of drinks between the two.
A beer garden will be available for those adults wishing to partake in a bit more than soda and lemonade. The beer garden, which will be open during the entire event, will feature Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Summer Shady, and Leinenkugel Red.
Of course the center of attention for any festival is its entertainment line-up. Rockin' The Blocks has made sure that the day will be packed full of talent.
The entertainment schedule, which starts at Noon, is:
- 12:00 p.m. - Jason Picchoitti, lead singer of Twenty Over
- 3:00 p.m. - Mustache Pete
- 5:00 p.m. - Solid Aire
- 7:00 p.m. - Smokin Gunz
While the adults are enjoying the music, the children can head over to the JP Wood Martial Arts Studio area at Noon. The Wood Studio's area will feature punching bags and other martial arts activities geared towards the younger crowd. A Safari Childcare area will even be in place for those parents wishing to let their children make friends with others in the area.
If you are too old to play with the punching bags or be monitored by the Safari Childcare area, the Palatine Jaycees will let both young and old act like kids when they host a dunk tank and a Baggo tournament at 3:00 p.m.
For those concerned about safety, the Palatine Police Department will be on hand to keep the peace and pass out informational materials. I am sure they will be also be monitoring traffic in the area. Though downtown Palatine has plenty of parking, if you are looking to avoid the traffic and parking issues, come to the festival via the Metra's Palatine stop, which is located less than a block away from the festival.
Everyone should make it a point to come to this event. It is the first year the Palatine Chamber is taking on such a huge festival, and I know it will be a huge success for them. The fine people at the Chamber do an awesome job of helping out their community, and this is just one more way for them to do it. Matter-of-fact, proceeds raised from this festival go to the Chamber's very own scholarship program.
I will be on site supporting the Chamber. When I first moved to the area, the Palatine Chamber went above and beyond in welcoming me to the neighborhood and helping me find out about local events and attractions.
I hope to see you there.