SRP UC INGALLS THERAPY AD 728x90px 03 05 21
The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

The Allman Betts Band featuring three sons of the founding members of the Allman Brothers Band will headline Friday night. (Supplied photo)

Ridgefest returns after a one-year absence for pandemic

By Bob Bong

Chicago Ridge is bringing back its popular Ridgefest for three days starting Friday at 5 p.m. at Freedom Park, 6200 Birmingham St.

“This was the fastest we ever put a fest together,” said Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar. “At the beginning of the year, I didn’t even know if we’d have one again this year.

“We scrambled and put it together in a few months.”

The annual fest started in 1989 and only took off last year because almost all south suburban events were called off because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Earlier this year, we sweated out the pandemic to see if we could bring Ridgefest back,” Tokar said.

“When we saw other towns bringing back their events, like Orland Park, we decided to go ahead, but even then, the village board was hesitant whether we should do it.”

Tokar said this year’s festival is a little different from years past.

“We decided to go with three days only and forgot Thursday night,” he said. “We cut back on the hours.”

Tokar was excited about the music lined up for this year’s live stage.

Headliners this year will be The Allman Betts Band on Friday night, Sugar Ray on Saturday and Queen Nation Sunday night.

“We’ll have a great fireworks show Sunday night in between sets by Queen Nation.” Fireworks are slated for 9:40-10 p.m.

The fest will run from 5:30-11:30 p.m. Friday, from 5-11:30 p.m. Saturday and from 3-10:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $10 on Friday and Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Residents with ID get in for free on Sundays and for medical personnel with ID on Friday. Kids under 12 are free.

Sunday is Family Fun Day with visits scheduled for World of Reptiles, Mr. D’s Magic Show, a petting zoo and pony rides, and inflatables.

There will be a carnival all three days along with restaurants, crafters, and a beer garden.

The weather should cooperate, as well. The forecast if for hot and dry conditions all three days.

Tokar is expecting a big turnout.

“People are starting to feel confidant again.”

For complete information on bands and activities, visit https://www.chicagoridge.org/183/RidgeFest or check out their Facebook page at Chicago Ridge Fest.

Local News

SRP-IMAGE-Logo

Countryside remembers 20 years after 9-11

By Steve Metsch Countryside resident Christina Bader made sure to bring her three children to the city’s Patriot Day Remembrance last Saturday, marking two decades since the terrorist attacks of…

Flanked by fellow Arab business owners, American Arab Chamber of Commerce of Chicagoland President Hassan Abdallah accused the Lightfoot Administration of actions he and others consider bigoted. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Tim Hadac

Arab business owners accuse mayor of bigotry

Lightfoot unfairly shutting gas stations, they say By Tim Hadac and Jeff Vorva It’s not every day that Mayor Lori Lightfoot is likened to former President Donald Trump, but that’s…

In the aftermath of the double shooting Sunday night, police and others tend to the two men wounded. --Supplied photo

Shooting mars church carnival

Moms, kids terrified by gunfire near St. Nick’s By Tim Hadac The day after a double shooting down the block from the St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish Carnival, a range…

GSWNH_FiestaBackoftheYards_091721

Fiesta Back of the Yards cancelled

The vibrant sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of the annual Fiesta Back of the Yards will be nowhere this year, as the long arm of the pandemic has claimed the…

Maria Pappas

Pappas: tax sale coming up

Urges property owners to check status online From staff reports Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas will conduct the first sale in more than two years of delinquent Cook County property…

Township of Lyons Trustee Mark Anderson scored a hole in one. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

Township of Lyons trustee scores hole in one

By Steve Metsch Township of Lyons trustee Mark Anderson figured it wasn’t his day after he scored a nine on the par-three first hole at Zigfield Troy in Woodridge. Boy,…

Township of Lyons Trustee Colleen Kelly (center) discusses a new senior services bus with Trustee Donna McDonald and Supervisor Christopher Getty. (Photo by Steve Metsch)

New bus will be rolling for Township of Lyons seniors

By Steve Metsch The Township of Lyons is getting a new bus for its popular senior services that saw 2,300 riders in the month of August. The bus is officially…

Jim Nowlan

Trump’s appeal easy to explain

By Jim Nowlan and Allen Andersen We live in Trump country. Seven of 10 voters in our respective central Illinois counties voted for Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election.…

Funeral-Flowers.4 logo

Obituaries for September 16, 2021

JODY S. BRYANT Jody S. Bryant, 50, passed away September 6. Will be forever missed by family and friends. Visitation was held at Szykowny Funeral Home Ltd., 4901 S. Archer…

Ray Hanania

We need a new Reagan to unite U.S.

By Ray Hanania Twenty years of watching the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings has been very disturbing. But what is more disturbing is how divided America remains, polarized…

Neighbors

CRR NH Father Sons Home Improvement House Ad
Cook County Sheriff ad.2
California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

California law, U.S. Constitution at center of FOID case before Illinois Supreme Court

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Supreme Court is being asked to consider the laws of the state of California and the U.S. Constitution in…

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill signed into law

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday, Sept. 15, signed into law a sweeping energy regulation overhaul that aims to phase out carbon emissions from the…

Massive energy bill becomes law, investing billions between renewable, nuclear sectors

Massive energy bill becomes law, investing billions between renewable, nuclear sectors

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Gov. JB Pritzker was joined by environmental and social justice activists, union representatives, and lawmakers from both parties Wednesday as he…

Lawmakers question enforcement of school mask mandates

Lawmakers question enforcement of school mask mandates

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – Expressing concern that the Illinois State Board of Education might have overstepped its bounds by threatening to withhold funding from school…

CAPITOL RECAP: General Assembly sends energy bill to Pritzker

CAPITOL RECAP: General Assembly sends energy bill to Pritzker

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate put the final legislative stamp on an energy regulation overhaul bill Monday, sending it to Gov. JB Pritzker, who says he…

Energy bill heads to Pritzker, who says he will sign it

Energy bill heads to Pritzker, who says he will sign it

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate put the final legislative stamp on an energy regulation overhaul bill Monday, sending it to Gov. JB Pritzker,…

PODCAST: What does the energy bill do?

PODCAST: What does the energy bill do?

In our latest Capitol Cast, Jerry Nowicki and Peter Hancock analyze the massive energy overhaul bill that passed out of the House during a one-day return to session. Plus, a…

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill heads to Senate, Pritzker says he will sign it

CAPITOL RECAP: Energy bill heads to Senate, Pritzker says he will sign it

By Capitol News Illinois SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House approved an energy regulation and decarbonization bill Thursday, which aims to bring Illinois’ energy generation sector to 100 percent carbon-free by…

House passes energy bill with labor, environmental groups on board

House passes energy bill with labor, environmental groups on board

By JERRY NOWICKI Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House approved an energy regulation and decarbonization bill Thursday, a major step forward for a wide-ranging omnibus bill that…

Ethics bill clears House on second try, will head back to governor

Ethics bill clears House on second try, will head back to governor

By PETER HANCOCK Capitol News Illinois [email protected] SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois House on Thursday voted to accept changes to an ethics bill that Gov. JB Pritzker had requested, paving the…

Regional CC Asphalt House Ad
DVN First Midwest Bank House Ad