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Old 06-18-2009, 10:28 PM
 
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Festivals held on the public way cannot demand an admission. They can solicit a "donation", but you are under no obligation to pay. Many organizers try to mislead the public into thinking that they must pay, usually by placing barricades and staffing them with bouncers and what not. Nonsense. The public way belongs to the public and there is no requirement to pay.

So if you feel like forking over $10 bucks to be in the presence of a bunch of drunk frat boys then open your wallet, but you are by no means required to.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:43 PM
 
Location: SE PDX
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That's why its a RECOMMENDED donation.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:46 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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What about at public parks? I tried to go to The Raven at Chase Park a couple of weeks ago and stated that very fact but they wouldn't let me in.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:56 PM
 
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What about at public parks? I tried to go to The Raven at Chase Park a couple of weeks ago and stated that very fact but they wouldn't let me in.
For some reason or another the parks district is willing to rent out parks to private entities. Not sure their reasoning for it, but in those instances you do have to pay, think Lollapalooza and Millennium Park. I was referring to "Street festivals" I checked with the City of Chicago's Special Events office and they confirmed that organizers cannot force you to donate any amount.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Bristol, WI
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I know the Northalsted Market Days charges a $10 donation. I've never had the nerve to refuse. I suppose you could, but it seems kind of mean. The merchants association depends on that to pay for the portapots, security and street cleaning. The city blockades the area to motor traffic (for which they charge a stiff fee) and does nothing else. If you attend, you are part of the event and should make some contribution to the expenses. If you think the event is nothing but a get-together of "drunk frat boys" maybe you should just stay away and not pay anything at all.
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Now if we could only invalidate the requirement to pay fricken $6-7 for beers and listen to (mostly or tired) crappy cover and tribute bands.

The same bands play at every fricken fest. I swear most of these bands have been playing the same fests for 10-15 years.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Logan Square
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^^At least beer I have paid that much for at other events, concerts and sports venues. At St Mikes last weekend they were asking $10 for a small plate of funnel cake.
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Old 06-18-2009, 11:07 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I'll give them a funnel cake.

I mean WTF the average yearly salary of most of their church goers is like 150k.

I am sure they get plenty in the collection plate.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:09 AM
 
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I know the Northalsted Market Days charges a $10 donation. I've never had the nerve to refuse. I suppose you could, but it seems kind of mean. The merchants association depends on that to pay for the portapots, security and street cleaning. The city blockades the area to motor traffic (for which they charge a stiff fee) and does nothing else. If you attend, you are part of the event and should make some contribution to the expenses. If you think the event is nothing but a get-together of "drunk frat boys" maybe you should just stay away and not pay anything at all.
My husband and I went last year and chose not to pay because it was optional. We are/were almost totally broke so we mainly just walked to and down the street. I think we bought the cheapest food we could find.
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Old 06-19-2009, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Andersonville, Chicago
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I didn't pay for Midsommarfest in Andersonville last weekend. But I didn't really "go" to the festival -- I was just running my normal errands, and told them so.
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