CHICAGO (CBS) — Facing backlash from the Humboldt Park community for damage caused by last year’s festival, organizers of Riot Fest have moved the annual punk rock bash to Douglas Park.
Riot Fest drew about 150,000 fans to Humboldt Park over three days last year, and some local residents said the damage left behind was too much.
“The park was left with stench, urine stench. There was vomit everywhere,” one woman said.
Billed as the largest independent music festival in North America, the festival has found a new home in Douglas Park in the North Lawndale neighborhood, after it wore out its welcome with the local alderman, after $182,000 in damage was caused to the fields at Humboldt Park.
Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) called the damage in Humboldt Park “unacceptable,” and said he did not support allowing it to return to Humboldt Park this year.
Riot Fest organizers have said they paid $150,000 repair damage caused by a mix of heavy rain and large crowds last year, and claimed other damage at the park is the result of problems that existed long before the festival began using Humboldt Park in 2012.