The Joliet Patch reported yesterday that Insomniac Events has expressed interest in bringing the highly successful Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago back to the Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. in 2014. The 3-day electronic music festival first came to the city in 2013 and was regarded by many as one of the best events ever to come to the area. A very small group of residents sought to have the event banned over noise concerns and a general disdain for the kind of people that would attend such an event.
Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago was held on Memorial Day weekend this year, but next year the event’s date will change. Insomniac Events has already committed to holding Electric Daisy Carnival New York on Memorial Day weekend 2014.
Joliet’s City Manager Tom Thanas told the Joliet City Council, “(Insominiac Events) does want to come back. They thought (the festival here) was very successful. They see a lot of potential, a lot of upside, and they understand they have to work with us on those two key issues (of sound and hours)."
Most in the community are left wondering how much work must be done on those two issues. Those against the return of Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago generally do not live in Joliet, Ill. Most area residents were more than happy with the influx of visitors to the city and the money they spent in the area over the weekend. The local police and fire departments expressed their pleasure with how well Insomniac Events managed to safely run an event of this size and nature in the city. Local hotels, restaurants and campgrounds have also let the city know how Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago led to some of their best sales weekends in history.
The Joliet City Council is holding off on granting approval of Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival Chicago 2014 until an economic impact survey is completed.