Earlier closing if Electric Daisy Carnival returns
By Bob Okon email@example.com August 19, 2013 10:56PM
An electric daisy lights Chicagoland Speedway for the Electric Daisy Carnival on May 24, 2013, in Joliet. | Stacia Timonere~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:34AM
Closing time at Electric Daisy Carnival likely will be “a lot earlier” if it returns in 2014, Joliet City Manager Thomas Thanas told the city council Monday.
Electric Daisy Carnival drew about 60,000 people to Joliet during the Memorial Day weekend but also generated hundreds of complaints from people in neighboring communities as the electronic dance music festival ran until 4 a.m. for three nights at Chicagoland Speedway.
Event promoter Insomniac wants to bring Electric Daisy Carnival back to Joliet next year, Thanas said in a report to the council. Insomniac has agreed to work with the city regarding the noise and hours of operation.
It was not clear what Insomniac can do about the noise in the open-air venue, although Thanas said the organization would employ sound engineers to work on the problem.
Thanas would not specify what closing hours Insomniac was considering but said the organization “will certainly work with us on hours of operation to have the event end a lot earlier than it did this year.”
Thanas’s report to the council comes after a meeting earlier this month with executives from Insomniac and Chicagoland Speedway.
More details on what might be proposed for next year will wait until an economic impact report, which, Thanas said, is still a month or two away. Much of the data in that report will come from Insomniac, which surveyed event goers with such questions as whether they stayed in local hotels and ate at area restaurants.
Insomniac when contacted by The Herald-News after the meeting with Thanas would not say whether it wants to return to Joliet.
But Thanas said, “They do want to come back. They thought it was very successful.”