'Electric Daisy Carnival' in Joliet allegedly causing noise disturbances for suburban residents

May 26, 2013 4:34:08 AM PDT
The organizers of a dance music festival taking place in Joliet over Memorial Day weekend are promising to turn down the volume after Friday night's show drew a lot of complaints.

The "Electric Daisy Carnival" taking place at the Chicagoland Speedway this weekend is allegedly causing serious noise disturbances.

The festival is blasting music from 5:00 p.m. through 4:00 a.m. and residents several miles away claim they were kept up by the noise.

At the speedway, there are five stages of electronic music along with carnival rides and pyrotechnics, all amidst a sea of humanity.

"It's actually pretty insane. The energy is just really awesome. Lights, music, the people," concertgoer Chrissy Hume said.

But on Friday night into Saturday morning, it wasn't just concertgoers at Chicagoland Speedway who were getting an earful.

"We put earplugs in. We turned fans on. We tried to mask it in any way we could, but you could literally feel it," New Lenox resident Becky Edge said.

In neighboring New Lenox, residents as far as ten miles away, say houses were shaking from the music.

"I could hear the siding on my house start to vibrate. It was crazy," New Lenox resident Bill Crimmins said.

Then, at 1 a.m. Saturday morning, came the fireworks show.

"I thought it was thunder at first. And then I realized it was explosions. And I got up to see if the neighborhood was blowing up," Joliet resident Doug Stegall said.

As the party continued to 4 a.m., noise complaints poured in.

In a statement, the concert promoter apologized saying, "We are always sensitive to the needs of the local community. It is never our intent to upset residents as we take being a good neighbor very seriously."

"We've had a lot of conversations with the promoters. We're working to get it a little quieter tonight. But it is a noisy event. We've told people in advance that this is a loud dance party," Joliet City Manager Tom Thanas said.

For the remaining two nights, the promoter has agreed to turn down the volume and stage the fireworks around 10 p.m.

The event is great for the Joliet economy and there's talk of making it an annual event but the mayor of New Lenox says a lot will have to change.

"I'm confident that we can work with the city of Joliet to either not have this event take place again next year or make sure it's not impacting our residents," New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann said.


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