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Hyde Park Summer Fest canceled for 2021

The announcement Wednesday blamed “recent COVID-19 developments.”

The Hyde Park Summer Fest is one of the most highly anticipated summer festivals.
The Hyde Park Summer Fest is one of the most highly anticipated summer festivals.
Mack Julion

Rising COVID-19 cases have prompted organizers of another Chicago festival to cancel their plans for 2021.

The Hyde Park Summer Fest had been scheduled for Sept. 11-12 at the Midway Plaisance.

In June, Jonathan Swain, Hyde Park Summer Fest co-organizer, had announced that the festival was back and taking place at a new location.

“After thoughtful evaluation of recent COVID-19 developments and consultation with various stakeholders, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Hyde Park Summer Fest scheduled for September 11 and 12 on the Midway Plaisance,” said festival organizers in a statement Wednesday. “With increasing COVID-19 cases and associated risks, we do not believe it is the right choice to move forward with the festival at this time. This was an incredibly difficult decision, but we believe putting the community’s health and safety first is the most responsible decision.”

The Hyde Park Summer Fest was rebranded from the hugely popular annual Hyde Park Beer Fest, one of the most highly anticipated South Side summer festivals.