Occupy Chicago Plans 2-Day Festival In May

CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago outdoor festival season is about to get a new, politically-based offering in the spring, in the form of the Occupy Festival.

As WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports, the Occupy Festival is set for May 12 and 13 in the Union Park, at Ashland Avenue and Lake Street, which is known as the venue for the Pitchfork Music Festival and the starting point for numerous immigration rights marches over the years.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s David Roe reports

An announcement for the festival will be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on both days. Organizers are planning to host more than 25 top local, national and international musical guests on two main stages, and visual performing artists as a third.

Local food and beverage vendors will set up at the festival. A children’s area, and such activities as bags tournaments and yoga instruction will also be available, organizers said.

What makes this festival unique is that it embodies the spirit of the people with a united cause which affects everyone and gives people a chance to share ideas and express themselves in a positive way. It all happens within a safe environment through art and music, the true universal languages that break down barriers and allow freedom and inspiration to flourish. The festival will also act as a fundraiser for the Occupy Movement by donating 50 percent of net profits to Occupy Chicago, who officially endorses and supports the festival,” event organizer Graham Czach said in a news release.

Admission for one day is $35, for both days $55. Organizers had been planning to offer VIP packages, but have called that idea off.


    As nice as it sounds like this festival will be, it is of the utmost importance that those of us who make up the majority of the 99%, boycott this festival. We need to stick together so these low life Loser OWS protesters get the message that they are an extreme minority amoung the 99%. Their solialist cause has no place here in our capitalist society!

  • the rapture

    a concert event to support occupy chicago – no one was paying enough attention before – do you think they are going to care what you are singing about now ….

    protest concert – been there, done that —- it was called woodstock….

  • izzy

    Such hypocrits! So they had this premium pass, no price yet determined but they quickly took it off the webpage promoting this event. It offered, premium seating, an open bar, private tents, and in and out access so they folks that could afford this tix wouldn’t have to mix with the smelly occupiers. Seriously, for a so called movement acting for the 99%, you would think they wouldn’t take such a corporate approach. This movement is such a huge joke, they’ll be gone by mid summer.


    I would like to organize a protest at the entrance to this festival. There should be signs calling for an end to the Loser OWS movement as well as people screaming at anyone who purchases a ticket to enter. We need to convince these Loser protesters that the majority of the 99% does not support them at all.

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