The Grateful Dead are coming to Winnemac Park! (Kind of? maybe?)
The Dead are playing one last set of concerts this July at Soldier Field. The concerts series, called "Fare Thee Well", feature just 3 shows, all in Chicago, and was sold out almost instantly. There have been some rumors of a few more shows, but nothing has been announced yet. Resale tickets will cost you upwards of $400 (that gets you an upper deck obstructed view seat).
Because demand is so intense for everything "Dead", the Mayor's Office of Special Events announced today that Winnemac Park will host one of six Fare Thee Well tailgate parties around the city in the afternoons before the concerts. The party at Winnemac will be ahead of the concert date on July 4 (come for the Dead, stay for the fireworks?), and in addition to a Dead cover band and a few other bands no one has heard of, the afternoon schedule includes a spot for "special". Maybe the Dead themselves will venture out to our neighborhood that day?
The Winnemac Park tailgate will be free (and you thought that Rahm wasn't going to pander to voters so much this time) but you'll need tickets. You can register for them online starting at 6pm tonight, Wednesday April 1, at the park district website. Like for the concerts themselves, demand is sure to far outstrip supply, so be sure to get your tickets today!