Chicago’s block party celebrating primarily Black culture is back after the pandemic forced a two-year hiatus.

But 2022’s celebration of music, art, and food will look different from previous years. One of the most significant changes is the festival will go on for two days versus one. Another big change? The Block party, slated for July 16 and July 17, will now cost you. Admission has been free for the one-day event since its inception nearly 20 years ago.

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Currently, tickets are $40 for one-day and $70 for a weekend pass but don’t wait to purchase your pass. Prices will go up!

“Prices will rise incrementally as performers are announced,” a statement reads on the website.

The founder and owner of the Silver Room said the price change comes after an increase in demand.


“There’s no way I can afford to cover a party for 20,000 people,” said Eric Williams. “If you’ve come over the last 16 years, you already know it’s going to be more than worth whatever we’re charging.”

With an anticipated larger crowd, there’s also a location change.  The party is moving to Oakwood Beach to accommodate the festival’s capacity of 20,000 people. More than 40,000 people attended the last in-person festival in 2019.

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‘We’ve outgrown our home in Hyde Park, so we’re relocating to the more spacious Oakwood Beach,” organizers stated. “So, this year, we’ll be partying with the skyline in our sights and the lake by our side.”

The lineup is expected to be announced on May 16. Purchase your tickets by clicking here.