Since 2015, Riot Fest, a private rock-and-punk festival operating in city parks, quietly gives out tickets to residents living in the vicinity of Douglas Park, where the festival takes place.
For this year’s Riot Fest (September 13th-15th) locals need to claim their tickets by Sunday, July 14, a month earlier than usual. To qualify, residents must live within 0.3 miles of Douglas Park, which is equivalent to four blocks. The boundaries are Cermak Rd. to the south, Arthington to the north, Spaulding to the west, and Rockwell to the east.
A tent will be set up at Ogden & Sacramento on Sunday, from 10am to 2:30pm, where interested residents can register for free admission if they can demonstrate they live in the neighborhood. They must show a government-issued ID and two pieces of mail with their address.
Once on the guest list, residents will need to show their ID at the box office each day to gain entrance to the festival.
The giveaway is courtesy of the Riot Fest Foundation which was formed in Humboldt Park, the festival’s previous home, as a way to show good will to residents who were angered by the annual destruction of the park (to the tune of $150,000 in damages) and the displacement of their sports leagues.
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