Blocktoberfest a blowout

  • What's an Oktoberfest without an oompah band?

    What's an Oktoberfest without an oompah band? Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • An oompah band performs at  Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    An oompah band performs at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • The line stretched down the block to see Ryne Sandberg at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    The line stretched down the block to see Ryne Sandberg at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Ryne Sandberg signs a jersey for a fan at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Ryne Sandberg signs a jersey for a fan at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Tom Hartmann of Glenview and his son Blake visited Blocktoberfest to see Ryne Sandberg.

    Tom Hartmann of Glenview and his son Blake visited Blocktoberfest to see Ryne Sandberg. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Ryne Sandberg signs a baseball at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Ryne Sandberg signs a baseball at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg signed photos, baseballs and jerseys for fans at the Glenview Bank & Trust booth at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg signed photos, baseballs and jerseys for fans at the Glenview Bank & Trust booth at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg signed photos, baseballs and jerseys for fans at the Glenview Bank & Trust booth at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Former Cubs star Ryne Sandberg signed photos, baseballs and jerseys for fans at the Glenview Bank & Trust booth at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Vince Manzella, Jenny Gitelson, Virginia Trux and Mike Huff man the Team Trux @Properties photo station at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Vince Manzella, Jenny Gitelson, Virginia Trux and Mike Huff man the Team Trux @Properties photo station at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Anya Doshi, 7, of Glenview decorated a bag at the League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe booth during Blocktoberfest Saturday.

    Anya Doshi, 7, of Glenview decorated a bag at the League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe booth during Blocktoberfest Saturday. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Sue Swaringen led kids in craft activities at the League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe booth as part of Blocktoberfest Saturday.

    Sue Swaringen led kids in craft activities at the League of Women Voters of Glenview/Glencoe booth as part of Blocktoberfest Saturday. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Students from Northshore Elite Talent Company entertained crowds at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview.

    Students from Northshore Elite Talent Company entertained crowds at Blocktoberfest Saturday in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Eliana, 4, of Glenview sang a favorite song in the City Kid Theatre Company's interactive performance booth at Glenview's Blocktoberfest Saturday afternoon.

    Eliana, 4, of Glenview sang a favorite song in the City Kid Theatre Company's interactive performance booth at Glenview's Blocktoberfest Saturday afternoon. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Dina Agarwal of Glenview helped sling brews at the town's Blocktoberfest Saturday.

    Volunteer Dina Agarwal of Glenview helped sling brews at the town's Blocktoberfest Saturday. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • The Donna Herula Trio played the blues on the Blocktoberfest main stage Saturday afternoon in Glenview.

    The Donna Herula Trio played the blues on the Blocktoberfest main stage Saturday afternoon in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

  • The Donna Herula Trio played the blues on the Blocktoberfest main stage Saturday afternoon in Glenview.

    The Donna Herula Trio played the blues on the Blocktoberfest main stage Saturday afternoon in Glenview. Brian Shamie | Staff Photographer

 
 
Updated 10/7/2021 2:17 AM

Once again, Blocktoberfest exceeded expectations.

Attendance estimates varied due to it being a non-ticketed event, but the consensus was the outdoor party in Glenview on a hot Oct. 2 drew more people than in its 2019 debut, which itself was a success.

 

Meghan Kearney of the Glenview Chamber of Commerce, one of the event's main organizers, estimated about 12,000 people attended Blocktoberfest, some 2,000 more than in 2019.

Greg Goodsitt, lead organizer from Friends of Downtown Glenview, thought the number was higher.

"I would not be surprised if 15,000 wasn't closer to the real number," he said. "We were packed from 11 (a.m.) to 11 (p.m.)"

Blocktoberfest, which brought live music, family entertainment, kids' games, food and drink to Glenview Road, between Pine and Church streets, was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I think the huge crowd was a great indication of people wanting to socialize, people wanting to listen to live music, people wanting to see friends, support the businesses," Kearney said.

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Former Chicago Cubs great Ryne Sandberg, arranged to sign autographs by event co-sponsor Glenview Bank & Trust, drew a long line of people who brought their own memorabilia to be signed. Sandberg "met everybody with a smile," Kearney said.

"He took so much time with each person. It was heartwarming," she said.

Kearney praised the work put in over nine months of planning by the Blocktoberfest committee, the festival's sponsors, volunteers and vendors, and support by the Village of Glenview and the Glenview Park District to conduct a well-received event.

"Everyone had fun," she said.

Goodsitt said the crew of 70 volunteers nimbly handled whatever challenges were thrown at them.

"The event couldn't happen without them," he said. "It's a community-driven and organized event that's staffed 100 percent by volunteers."

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