New booze rules at Millennium Park. The new season of Grant Park concerts is out. I’ll have those posts up later this month. What I did notice is that because of recent events new security protocols are being instituted at Millennium Park.
New security perimeter
Beginning May 19, Millennium Park will implement a security perimeter and bag check for all concerts and events that take place at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. I haven’t been over there but I’ve heard that they’ve also installed strategically placed planters to prevent someone from driving into the Park. Firearms, knives and other weapons will be prohibited. So like Blues Fest there will be restricted entry points into the park and bag searches for all concerts.
Outside alcohol will be prohibited at the seven Jay Pritzker Pavilion events with the highest attendance:
- May 26: Chicago House Music Festival
- June 8–10: Chicago Blues Festival
- June 24: Chicago Mariachi Festival
- July 4: Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute
- August 9: Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me
- August 13: Broadway in Chicago Summer Concert
- August 29–September 2: Chicago Jazz Festival
You can still bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages
Subject to bagsearch at the security perimeter, guests will continue to be allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to all events at Millennium Park’s Jay Pritzker Pavilion. So again if you’ve ever been to Blues Fest they dig through your cooler, bags and look for alcohol.
Booze available for purchase
Visitors will have additional food and beverage options for purchase inside the venue at the events where outside alcohol is restricted. I’ve never purchased anything at Millennium Park but I suspect the prices will be outrageous and who wants to drink wine that’s sitting in the sun and served at 100 degrees. Currently there are booze sales on the east side of the park possibly they’ll expand concessions on the restricted dates.
I support the added security but I don’t see how restricting outside alcohol is going to increase security. I haven’t heard of or witnessed any drunken bad behavior, brawling etc. What they should restrict is people yakking on their cell phones during concerts! I think this is a thinly veiled money grab by the park. Oh well the concerts are still free!