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  • Almost 60,000 people attended this summer's five-show concert series in Elk Grove Village. Next year, officials won't allow people to use tarps, blankets or tables to reserve spots.

       Almost 60,000 people attended this summer's five-show concert series in Elk Grove Village. Next year, officials won't allow people to use tarps, blankets or tables to reserve spots.
    Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

 
 

Don't expect to plop down tarps, blankets or tables next year to reserve your spot for one of Elk Grove Village's popular summer concerts.

But you can still bring lawn chairs and coolers, village officials say.

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Mayor Craig Johnson said the village staff will be cracking down on use of large items to reserve space in an effort to allow enough room for the growing crowds at the Mid-Summer Classics Concert Series. The concerts are held on the Village Green, located at 901 Wellington Ave. between the municipal complex and library.

"We had one tarp that was 10 feet by 20 feet," Johnson said. "That's an awful lot of people who can sit comfortably with their chairs in that area. We checked it as the show went on -- there were eight people sitting on that giant tarp.

"It's taking up too much space."

Johnson said not allowing tarps, blankets or tables will allow for a more comfortable and safer setting to walk through.

This year's concert series nearly hit the 60,000 attendance mark over the course of five shows on consecutive Tuesday nights in July. The final concert July 29 featuring Kenny Loggins had 15,000 attendees. This year's lineup also included America, Survivor, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and John Michael Montgomery.

Plans are already in the works for the seventh annual concert series next July. The first concert is scheduled for Saturday, July 4, at Lions Park, to be held in conjunction with the annual fireworks show.

The other concerts will be held over the course of the next four Tuesday nights in July at the Village Green. Officials plan to set the lineup this fall.

"They've been getting better every year," Johnson said of the performers.

"We will not disappoint you next year."

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