In an effort to bring festival fun to the homes of people across the country, Special Events Management, known for producing Chicago street festivals and run/walks, has announced two virtual summer festivals to be hosted in June. The two new festivals include FEED Chicago Virtual Summer Fest, a free benefit for the Greater Chicago Food Depository featuring Dennis DeYoung of Styx and Jim Peterik of Survivor, which will be held on Thursday, June 4 and Drafts & Laughs Virtual Beer & Comedy Festival, a beer and comedy festival headlined by Comedian Tom Green, on Friday, June 12. The schedule for each event is as follows.
FEED Chicago Virtual Summer Fest
As an unofficial kickoff to festival season and summertime in the Chi, Special Events Management will host an exclusive hour-long benefit, FEED Chicago Virtual Summer Fest, on Thursday, June 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Patrons will be taken through special live performances from Dennis DeYoung, best known as a founding member and front man of Styx, Jim Peterik, the founding member of Survivor, along with Sixteen Candles, Michael McDermott, Wedding Banned, and Boy Band Review, while also having the opportunity to watch a live ticker throughout the stream as donations to benefit the Greater Chicago Food Depository are made across the nation.
All guests will be encouraged to make a monetary donation before and/or during the benefit, beginning at $5 in advance, followed by any additional contribution participants are willing and able during the stream. For every $1 donated to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, three meals will be provided to someone in need.
Patrons interested in participating must first register in advance at feedchicagofest.eventbrite.com in order to receive the streaming link. To learn more about the benefit or about the Greater Chicago Food Depository, please visit www.chicagoevents.com.
Drafts & Laughs Virtual Beer & Comedy Festival
Drafts & Laughs Virtual Beer & Comedy Festival will be broadcast on Friday, June 12 from 8 – 10 p.m. CST. Benefiting comedian relief efforts and Restaurant Strong, the first cross-country festival of its kind will feature headlining comedian Tom Green and other noteworthy comedians, including SNL’s Jeff Richards, Ben Gleib, Ian Edwards, and Comedy Central’s Stephen Kramer Glickman as the Master of Ceremonies. Guests are invited to enjoy a case of a variety of 8 – 10 beers provided by Boston Beer Company to pair with the laughs from the comfort of their home. The tasting will be guided by a virtual cicerone and attendees will have the opportunity to interact with comedians during the event.
Beer delivery for Drafts & Laughs Virtual Beer & Comedy Festival is available in areas of Chicago. Beer pickup is available from local distributors at Old Crow Smokehouse – Wrigleyville and Moe’s Cantina – River North. Tickets are $10, $30 or $45, for performance only, performance plus beer for pickup and performance plus beer for delivery, respectively. Virtual attendees must be 21 years of age to order beer for the festival.
Tickets are available for purchase on Eventbrite. For more information on Drafts & Laughs Virtual Beer & Comedy Festival, please visit www.draftsandlaughs.com.
“Our world has been hit tremendously during this pandemic, and we hope these two unique events give hope to people around the country,” said Hank Zemola, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Special Events Management. “We wanted to bring these “mini street fests” of sorts that everyone across the country can enjoy from the safety of their homes and remind everyone that things will get better. With the help of incredible, well-known musical and comedic talent, we are excited to share our first two fully virtual festivals that will set the standard for future such events.”