Pitchfork Weekend Begins
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(CBS) – Pitchfork Music Festival got underway Friday in Union Park, where up to 60,000 people are expected over the three-day event.
The festival features established acts like Beck as well as many independent artists.
Organizers say while this festival has grown in the 10 years it’s been held, they’ve also worked hard to maintain the community feel that brings fans back year after year.
Hours before the big acts took the stage, there were long lines of eager music fans.
Many have been attending the Pitchfork Music Festival for years.
For some, like Lori Schuster, it’s become a family affair. Her 6-month-old son David attended his first Pitchfork before he was even born.
“There’s space for everyone to spread out,” she says. “We can still hear the music.”
That’s exactly the type of environment organizers try to maintain.
“It feels special. It feels familial,” Chris Kaskie, president of the festival, says.
While music lovers look forward to the festival, some emergency rooms prepare for busy nights.
“We’ve seen an increased number of people with substance-related issues, whether it’s somebody who’s first experiencing it and may have effects they’ve never encountered before, or an experienced user who’s unfortunately dealing with adverse effects,” says Dr. Christina Hantsch of Loyola University Medical Center.
Pitchfork organizers say security is in place to try to limit those kinds of issues.
The Pitchfork Music Festival continues Saturday and Sunday. Both days are sold out.
Also Saturday, Blake Shelton performs at Wrigley Field.
Because of these events and other throughout Chicago, the CTA is adding additional bus and rail service this weekend.