Reggaeton Music Fest Seeks Move to McKinley Park

Published May 31, 2022

The Mas Flow Reggaeton Fest, a weekend-long showcase of reggaeton music, seeks to relocate to Chicago's McKinley Park for the weekend of July 15-17, 2022, according to the office of 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas and event information from promoter Fernando Nieto.

 
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The festival seeks to move to McKinley Park after originally scheduled for Calumet Park on Chicago's Southeast Side. "Logistical obstacles" necessitate changing the venue, Nieto said in an application letter sent to the 12th Ward office.

 
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Projected attendance for the festival is 10,000 people over the weekend, the application letter said, with setup taking place July 12-14 and a breakdown date set for July 18. The fest would run 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 15, and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 16-17.

Park Concerns

The festival would be a private, ticketed event, with one-day tickets costing $100 and a three-day pass costing $225. The ticketing page for the event shows VIP tickets sold out and the event still listed as taking place in Calumet Park.

Representatives from the McKinley Park Advisory Council and the McKinley Park Development Council said they had submitted questions about the event, but were still awaiting answers from Nieto and his Grassroots Events NFP, the non-profit entity producing the festival. Likewise, answers to questions from the McKinley Park News had not been received as of time of publication of this article.

 
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One concern about the event is "trashing the natural area" on the east end of McKinley Park, said McKinley Park Advisory Council President Veronica O'Malley. She also mentioned concerns about adding a major festival with short notice over a summer weekend at a popular park that is already full of scheduled events, activities and programs.

Community Feedback Requested

According to festival application materials, the park may receive $5,000 to $10,000 in funding from the festival, depending on its success.

The special event permit has not been granted yet, and the 12th Ward office seeks feedback from the community about whether it should be granted or not. Community members should send email to Ward12@cityofchicago.org or call the 12th Ward office at (773) 523-8250 to provide their feedback.

Other events produced by Nieto and Grassroots Events NFP have included the Chicago Michelada Fest, the My House Music Festival and Dia De La Concha.

It is very irresponsible from our officials to even allow this type of even come to our doors. Basically they are telling us to lock ourselves the entire weekend as violence may happen our backyard. Our kids will not be able to play in the park and we will not be able to enjoy what we always do. If they allow this to happen, they are very irresponsible and need to held accountable. We are a neighborhood filled with families.
I think this is a great idea. Bringing in events like this will for sure make our neighborhood change. We need more festivals and carnivals just like Pilsen has. 35th street has the potential to look just like 18th st and have small businesses benefit from it. Cops will be present and i dont see how they would damage a park other than littering which clean up crews will take care of.

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