We knew this already but it’s official now: this year’s Chicago House Music Conference and Festival has been officially canceled, according to the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
The festival, which was to take place May 21 through May 24, had become a powerful event driven by out-of-town headliners from New York, Detroit and other cities and Chicago’s legendary house music scene. The conference component of the weekend has also been canceled.
Other city events taking place in the next 8 weeks including the Chicago Gospel Music Festival, the Memorial Day Parade and the Chicago Blues Festival have also been canceled.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said in a statement that the city’s “Year of Chicago Music” program will now be extended into 2021.
“These cancellations are disappointing to all of us here in Chicago, particularly for the countless individuals who worked so hard to organize an extraordinary Year of Chicago Music,” Mayor Lightfoot said in a statement.