Cold rain puts damper on packed weekend of Chicago festivals

- Rain came down steadily Friday morning raising concerns that it might dampen a weekend chock full of festivals in Chicago.

Mother nature almost crashed the fourth annual Country LakeShake at Northerly Island. Crews worked hard to get rid of the remnants of this week’s rain.

“We've spent about the last ten days putting down field turf. It's important to me to not have LakeShake not be a mudbog, so 100,000 square feet of field turf will maybe do the trick,” Brian O’Connell said.

Those in attendance Friday were grateful for the organizer’s hard work

"That's great because that was one of my conversations coming in today I was thinking it's going to be muddy I’m going to ruin my boots,” festival-goer Ada Lopez said.

Over at the 34th annual Old St. Pats Block Party, dreary weather wasn’t raining on their parade.

The two-day event kicked off with musical acts, food and a beanbag tournament.

“It has a great reputation,” Daniel Hoskins said. “When i talked to my friends they said great things about it so we are out here just trying to have a good time, hopefully we can do well in the bags tournament"

Father Tom Hurley said they've never been rained out but it case it starts to sprinkle - those attending know where to take shelter.

"We had this happen a couple years ago and we had a burst of rain that came in and they ran to Union Station and Oglivie and 20 minutes later they came back,” Hurley said.

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