Chicago’s Sueños Festival abruptly canceled due to severe weather, leaving attendees disappointed

Chicago’s Sueños Festival 2023 stage (Image via official Facebook @Sueños Festival)
Chicago’s Sueños Festival 2023 stage (Image via official Facebook @Sueños Festival)

Chicago's Sueños Festival's Day 2 started on May 26, 2024, at Grant Park in Illinois. The festival, which was set to feature artists such as Peso Pluma and Delilah, among other artists, was however forced to cancel its events abruptly due to rain and thunderstorms.

The abrupt cancellation of the Sueños Festival left fans disappointed, who took to social media, particularly X, to express their feelings on the matter:

"1. The chances of getting rain any weekend in May is 50/50 so for you not to prepare for this is lack of common sense 2. You guys went off whatever ridiculous forecast and didn't check the doppler that clearly stated some rain in the area not enough to cancel," one netizen criticised.
"Just was raining for 10 minutes, hell nah bruh this is a fu***g bad joke, I never saw a storm or something just the rain," a fan commented.
"REFUND THE PEOPLE," demanded another netizen.
"We better get our money back bc it’s not even “severe weather.” It’s literally a little bit of pain yall tweaking I want my money back fr," stated a patron.
"Terrible first year experience, last one for sure," a netizen commented.

Festival ticket holders may obtain ticket refunds from their point of purchase, with information regarding said refund process available via the official website of the festival.

Chicago’s Sueños Festival cancelled due to safety concerns

Chicago’s Sueños Festival announced its cancellation via the X post embedded above, where the organizers clarified their decision to cancel the events on the second day of their 2024 edition, stating:

"Familia, we truly appreciate everyone's patience with today's late start due to early storms and your understanding of the early end to the festivities. We did everything we could to keep the fest going. The decision to have a delayed start and evacuation were not taken lightly. We will never put anything above the safety of our community... "

The statement continued, thanking the fans again for their understanding before clarifying the decision to cancel the festival completely.

"Due to severe weather conditions, in coordination with the National Weather Service and City of Chicago public safety officials, we made the difficult decision to evacuate Grant Park this evening and have been forced to cancel the remainder of Day 2 of the festival. We must always put the wellbeing of fans, artists and staff first."

The 2024 festival was partnering with companies like Chase, Bacardi, Verizon, and Max, as well as Corona. The festival had Front Gate Tickets as the official ticketing partner.

A brief history of Chicago’s Sueños Festival

Chicago's Sueños Festival was started in 2022 by Aaron Ampudia and Chris Den Uijl, co-founders of Baja Beach Fest. The two collaborated with C3 Presents of Lollapalooza fame alongside a local Chicago company, Reventon.

The first edition was a major success, bringing in 80,000 attendees to watch festivities headlined by J Balvin, Ozuna, and Wisin Y Yandel, with more performances by El Alfa, Jhay Cortez, and DJ Miriam, among others.

The first edition also saw the festival collaborate with Kennedy-King College on a music fair and brought in over $12 million, including a $50,000 donation to the Fiesta Del Sol scholarships.

The success of the first edition led to a second one in 2023, held at the same venue as Grant Park. The second edition also featured artists such as Wisin Y Yandel, Grupo Firme, and Nicky Jam, among other artists.

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