Elmhurst's Rock the Block Party going cashless this year
Elmhurst City Centre's Rock the Block Party will be returning on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 9-10. New this year will be on-the-street restaurant and bar tents.
Bring your credit/debit cards because Rock the Block is going cashless for all 14 restaurant tents and event bars on the street.
The music lineup on Friday will be School of Rock Elmhurst from 4 to 4:45 p.m., followed by iPop performing pop, rock, hip-hop, country, '80s, '90s and current hits from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. The party band Hello Weekend will take the stage from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. and Wedding Banned from 9:15 to 10:45 p.m.
On Saturday, there will be a Kids' Zone from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Erik Donner will open the music stage with his one-man show from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday, followed by Run Forrest Run, a 1990s party band, from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., and Fletcher Rockwell, an Americana, folk and rock group, from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m.
The Socially Acceptable Band, a nine-piece cover band, will perform from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m. Classic rock cover band ARRA will play from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Sixteen Candles, a 1980s party band, will close out the festival from 8:45 to 10:45 p.m.
Participating restaurants include: 100 South, 151 Kitchen Bar and Pints Sports Bar, Armand's Pizzeria, Ever Onward/Kindred, Francesca's Amici, Kilwins Elmhurst, Mata Ne New Asian, Nia Hao, Nu Crepes, Pazzi di Pizza, Pilot Pete's Coffee & Treats, Poke Burrito, Primos Locos, and Victory Meat & Seafood.
No outside food or alcohol allowed, and no bikes, skateboards or scooters.
Explore Elmhurst will be running two trolleys for the weekend and there will be free parking in all five parking garages.
Learn more about the Rock the Block Party at www.facebook.com/elmhurstcitycentre/.
In preparations for the event, the city of Elmhurst announces the following street closures.
Starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, York Street from First Street to Second Street, as well as Schiller Street from York Street to South Palmer Drive will be closed. The Schiller Parking garage will remain open, but will only be able to be accessed from First Street.
Due to these road closures, the Explore Elmhurst Express Trolley running on Friday and Saturday will have a slight route change. Stop 2, normally located on York and Schiller streets (in front of the City Centre Fountain) will be moved to York and First streets (north of the tracks). Temporary signs will be posted. For a trolley route map for Rock the Block go to elmhurst.org.