Do Division, West Fest Chicago Cancelled Due to Coronavirus
In a highly discouraging sign for the future of 2020 summer music festivals in Chicago, two of the city’s most popular neighborhood street fests — Do Division Street Fest and West Fest Chicago — have both been canceled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The West Town Chamber of Commerce, which operates both festivals, has also cancelled a third festival: Chicago Brewing District’s Dancing in the Streets. Do Division is typically held in late May/early June, with West Fest usually happening in July. The news comes on the heels of the recent cancellations of both South Shore Summer Fest and the Silver Room Block Party (which were slated for July and August), as well as the City of Chicago’s decision to cancel all events operated by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events through May 15. Needless to say, “The Year of Chicago Music” isn’t getting off to a great start.