River Forest parking regulations to change during weekend festival

WoodStars Festival in Maywood expected to increase traffic in the village

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By Megan Dooley

Staff Reporter

The Village of River Forest will implement special parking regulations to ease anticipated traffic and parking congestion caused by this weekend's WoodStars Festival in Maywood.

The festival takes place at Proviso East High School, beginning on Thursday, July 28 and ending Sunday, July 31. The hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

The following regulations will be implemented in River Forest, to ensure that the southwest side of the village is not adversely affected by the increased traffic:

  • There will be no parking allowed on streets between Hawthorne & Madison and Thatcher & Lathrop. The only exception will be made for those using commuter parking along the north side of Hawthorne. These rules will remain in effect all day from Thursday through Sunday. Violators will be subject to a ticket and possible tow.
  • Barricades will be placed at the entrances to all of the side streets to inform motorists of the restrictions and to help prevent non-resident traffic in the area.
  • The entrances to Washington Boulevard will be closed at Thatcher and at Lathrop.
  • Residents are asked to navigate through side streets towards Lake Street to enter and exit the village. The village is strongly discouraging residents from using Madison Street during the festival event.

Residents planning an event at their home, or those planning to entertain guests during this time period are encouraged to call Village Hall at 708-714-3544 during normal business hours and 708-366-7125 after hours to inform someone about the event.

Overnight parking permits will not be provided throughout the event.

Read more about concerns over the festival at Wednesday Journal's sister paper, Forest Park Review.

Updates will be available at the Village of River Forest website at river-forest.us.

Additional information about the WoodStars Festival is available at woodstarsfestival.com.

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Jim Coughlin  

Posted: July 29th, 2011 12:47 PM

The lineup of talent scheduled to perform is really outstanding. There are also activites planned for children. Let's hope the weather cooperates and that people can enjoy the music and festivities.

Tom from RF  

Posted: July 29th, 2011 6:45 AM

Sen. Kimberly Lightford is responsible for this! She lives in Maywood - and is the person who let this happen. She lobbied Cook County to let this be permitted - and they gave them the permit. She happens to now be the ONLY Sen. to represent RF. She should be recalled for this debacle. Call her office and let her know this is a Disaster that SHE must now be held responsible for all costs as well as anything that goes wrong. http://www.ilga.gov/senate/senator.asp?memberid=164

eu67029 from river forest  

Posted: July 28th, 2011 10:33 PM

Even with the planning of Freaknik, it was still a disaster. Now this?? Who would issue a permit when 20,000 people are expected to attend. Is an independent security business hired for this? Doesn't sound like it. Maywood should be held responsible for any damage if they issued the permit. Is all the traffic for this event going to be on Lake St. and Chicago Ave.? I'm freaked out!

Chris from River Forest  

Posted: July 28th, 2011 11:58 AM

I agree, this sounds like a disaster. Estimated six figure security costs, largely due to the incredibly poor planning by the promoter, will fall to the Cook County taxpayers. This should never have been permitted. Maywood and Proviso East should be required to pick up the full security costs, as well as the loss of business cost to Forest Park businesses. They should also be held liable to any injury or loss of life associated with street congestion and closures so near to Loyola.

Tom from River Forest  

Posted: July 27th, 2011 4:37 PM

This has Freaknik II written all over it, except that Freaknik had better advance planning


Posted: July 27th, 2011 3:31 PM

This sounds like a disaster waiting to happen. The high school should be held accountable if it goes bad.

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