Anyone expecting to ring in the beginning of summer with bass drops and pyrotechnics in Soldier Field this June may be a bit disappointed to hear this news. Spring Awakening Music Festival, which is traditionally held in the stadium during the second weekend of June, has a "conditional deal" with the Chicago Park District to hold the event in Jackson Park this year, according to DNAinfo. The festival is being forced to find a new venue because Soldier Field is hosting the Copa América Centenario international soccer tournament between June 5 and 22.
Local promoter and festival organizer React Presents and its parent company SFX Entertainment (which recently filed for bankruptcy) have yet to comment about the event's prospective move. If Spring Awakening is held in Jackson Park this summer, it will be the second major music festival to move to the city's South Side within the past year, after Riot Fest was held in Douglas Park last September.
UPDATE: On February 4, organizers confirmed that Spring Awakening will be held in Jackson Park from June 10–12. The festival's footprint will expand in accordance with its new locale, featuring eight stages and carnival rides.