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Controversial tent comes down in Des Plaines

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  • The site of a controversial outdoor banquet tent is now empty after the tent was taken down this week outside the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center in Des Plaines.

      The site of a controversial outdoor banquet tent is now empty after the tent was taken down this week outside the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center in Des Plaines.
    Courtesy Bill Dillon

  • The 6,000-square-foot Lions Gate Pavilion banquet tent was still standing Wednesday morning outside the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center in Des Plaines, but had been taken down by Thursday.

       The 6,000-square-foot Lions Gate Pavilion banquet tent was still standing Wednesday morning outside the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center in Des Plaines, but had been taken down by Thursday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

A controversial banquet tent long opposed by neighbors in Des Plaines has come down.

The 6,000-square-foot Lions Gate Pavilion tent, which has sat on the grounds of the Fountain Blue Banquets and Conference Center at 2300 Mannheim Road for three years, was taken down this week, city officials said.

Neighbors complained of excessive noise from the tent, which hosted weddings and other events.

The city council rejected Fountain Blue's permit extension request for the tent last summer, and owner Tom Diamond withdrew a new application for a conditional use for the tent last December.

An agreement drawn up between the city and Fountain Blue last summer stipulated that the tent had to be taken down by Jan. 31.

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