Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is this weekend!


Hopefully, it won’t be the summer “take cover from the torrential rain and deadly lightning” festival, but regardless, the Grant Park Summer Shade Festival is usually a good time.  There’s food, music, and drinks for the grownups.  For the youngsters, there’s storytellers, jugglers, and signing.  Children are permitted to eat and drink, too, but it’s unlikely to be much of a draw for them.

Best I can tell, there are no clowns.  Some of us are not upset about a likely absence of clowns.

But what about dogs?  Can the dogs enjoy the festival?  Apparently not.  Unless you’re certain attendance will stay below 10,000, you’ll be violating a city ordinance if you bring your pet.  It’s like the “fewer than 15 items” line at the store, but with fur.  And fines.  Maybe it’s nothing like the “fewer than 15 items” line.

The 5k starts at 8am tomorrow; the rest of the festivities begin at 10am.  We’ll likely head that way after the runners are finished.

5 Comments so far

  1. duane (unregistered) on August 28th, 2009 @ 10:56 am

    I personally don’t mind the “don’t bring dogs” rule, so long as people actually follow it. It makes me angry that people still bring their dogs, and I followed the rules and left mine at home.

    Additionally, I think this is essential in park festivals, because people are basically assholes when it comes to their dogs, and rarely pick up the poo, even though there are bags available in the park. I am constantly surprised by how many people let their animals use the restroom and just leave it; which I would hope, is probably the reason this rule exists in the first place.

  2. maigh on August 31st, 2009 @ 8:23 am

    I wrote about the same thing this spring during the Inman Park festival…my problem is this: if they’re going to keep dogs out, can we also keep out people with strollers?

    See also:

  3. BOHO Moe (mmoebes) on August 31st, 2009 @ 12:21 pm

    Duane, I left my dog at home, like a good citizen. Others, however, brought theirs.

    Strollers don’t poop, Maigh! It wasn’t so crowded that a stroller couldn’t navigate sidewalks anyway (unlike Inman Park).

  4. maigh on August 31st, 2009 @ 12:36 pm

    Strollers don’t, but kids do.

    They also make a lot of racket and have oblivious parents. Of course I’m over generalizing here, but the extreme statements are so much better for provoking an argument. :)

  5. james hervey (jeherv) on August 31st, 2009 @ 4:08 pm

    heh…then again, nobody is going to bet mauled by a freaked out infant who has an aggression problem brought about by proximity to thousands of other people and dogs milling around.

    the dog thing is pretty smart public policy imho. and i’m a dog owner.

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