Hyde Park SummerFest Co-Founder, Jonathan Swain Talks about this Year’s Festival

The Hyde Park Summerfest (formerly “Hyde Park Brew Fest”) returns this weekend at a new and bigger location.  Located at the Midway Plaisance at 59th St. and Dorchester Ave., this will be the seventh annual event of the Hyde Park Summer Fest. This year the Summer Fest will be a ticketed event with a portion of all ticket sales being matched by BOWA Construction (BOWAgives) and donated to Chicago Public Schools.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School
  • South Shore International College Preparatory High School
  • Hyde Park Academy High School
  • Walter Dyett High School for the Arts
  • Kenwood Academic Center

The organizers of the event Jonathan T. Swain and Dave Jeff are excited for the return of this Covid-safe and South Side-based festival.  This year’s lineup includes Jazzy Jeff, Busta Rhymes, Ashanti, Lupe Fiasco, Jhene Aiko and Lucky Daye.

The Chicago Defender spoke with SummerFest co-founder and 1st Congressional District candidate, Jonathan Swain about the changes made to this year’s event and why it’s important to create economic engines while planning an event the community enjoys.

For tickets and more information on the Hyde Park SummerFest visit their website at www.hydeparksummerfest.com.

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