Chicago celebrates the unofficial start of summer with an eventful weekend

CHICAGO (SCS) — Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, and this year Chicago is kicking off the season in style, hosting dozens of fun events, including an all-new music festival downtown.

CBS 2’s Marissa Perlman stopped by Grant Park where Sueños Chicago was swinging Saturday with crowds, music and dancing.

The brand new festival celebrates Latin Reggaton, and on Saturday Grant Park was packed with thousands for the start of the two-day festival.

It also brought a huge security presence and the streets were closed around the show.

There were big headliners like J-Balvin and Ozuna, drawing large crowds, especially for Latin music lovers.

Saturday night also brought the Belmont Sheffield Music Festival to the heart of Lakeview. With that came deejays, lawn games and cover bands, plus everything Chicago street festivals are known for: food and drink.

Despite a recent wave of violence and high COVID-19 numbers in the city, people said they were looking forward to celebrating the unofficial start of summer this long weekend.

“I really came for the vibe. I know it sounds so silly, but I love all the artists,” said Seuños fan Angie Sanchez.

“I’m really glad it even exists because I’ve never heard of a Latin festival in Chicago,” Jordan Alvarez said.

These events brought significant traffic to Chicago. The city encourages anyone leaving to use public transportation all weekend.


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