CHICAGO (CBS) – Although summer is coming to an end, that doesn’t mean that festival season is over.
A music festival on Chicago’s South Side returns, this time in its second year, and CBS 2’s Steven Graves explained that this party has a lot to celebrate.
Around this time last year, it was the topic of conversation in the 16th arrondissement.
“I was a little jealous that I wasn’t there,” said pastor Jonathan McKenzie, who is making sure you don’t miss Englewood Music Fest, which will return for the second year.
“I said, ‘I won’t let another festival come where I’m not involved and I’m not present,'” McKenzie said. “It’s just time for the community to smile.”
It co-sponsors the festival that closes Halsted near 63rd Street. His nonprofit will help provide back-to-school resources, teach people tools around financial aid, debt forgiveness and scholarships.
But it’s all under the umbrella of fun, art and music.
Artists Juvenile and Kindred the Family Soul perform.
On Friday, CBS 2 got the scoop on the new musical guest.
“We have Katie Got Bandz from Chicago performing,” Ald said. Stephanie Coleman (16th), had the idea for this festival among others in the city.
Coleman said she’s confident the freshman vibe will carry over into sophomore.
“No crime, it was a day of love,” she said. “It was a day of peace. It was a day of security and unity.”
Last year’s festival drew around 3,000 people. In a neighborhood where so much has been lost in the past year, that’s about all he’s gained.
Following the loss of the historic Antioch Baptist Church to fire and the closure of Whole Foods, this year’s theme at the festival is “Englewood Excellence”.
This will highlight black business openings and new upcoming federal funding for an Englewood nature trail.
“We celebrate resilience,” Coleman said. “We keep fighting. That’s Englewood’s story.”
The one-day festival is free to the public and runs from noon to 7 p.m. on September 17.