The Chicago Bulls announced March 11th the launch of an inaugural street event, Bulls Fest, which is going to take place on the United Center campus over Labor Day Weekend (Sept. 3-4). The two-day festival will feature a 3v3 basketball tournament, live music, art exhibitions, kid-friendly activities, and food and drink.
March Has Been Bringing Good News for the City’s Entertainment
March 2022 has been a really good month. After finding out we were getting back our Saint Patrick parades, the news of the Adler Planetarium came to brighten our skies.
The Adler Planetarium, the Museum Campus attraction well loved by Chicagoans and not only, reopened after almost two years, welcoming back guests with new ticketing options and procedures meant to ensure public safety.
After nearly two years since visitors have had the occasion to see a show at the Grainger Sky Theater, gaze up at scale models of the planets in our solar system or look inside the tiny Gemini 12 capsule that brought a pair of astronauts to space and back, Friday, March 4th, the Planetarium reopened. The Adler Planetarium was the final major Chicago institution to reopen after being closed when the pandemic started and we could not be happier.
Getting a brand new festival in Chicago, and from the iconic and beloved Bulls themselves, is another great news we get this month.
The Bulls Are Diving Into the City’s Iconic Street Festival Culture
The two-day festival (September 3-4) will feature a 3v3 basketball tournament, live music, art exhibitions, kid-friendly activities, and food and drink.
“Bulls Fest reflects our commitment to creating legendary experiences for our fans through basketball and championing the local artists and businesses that make our city so great,” said Michael Reinsdorf, President and Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled to incorporate Bulls Fest into Chicago’s exciting street festival lineup and close out the summer alongside the fans and city that support our team day in and day out.”
A nod to Chicago’s iconic street festival culture, Bulls Fest will offer free admission to all fans and a new opportunity to experience the city and build excitement as the Bulls get ready for the start of the 2022-2023 regular season.
Music, Sports, Food, Drinks and an Overall Good Time
The festival will primarily take place along Madison Street between Wood Street and Damen Avenue and feature food and drink from Chicago’s famous bar and restaurant scene. Fans can also expect live music and entertainment from well-known and local performers, as well as appearances from the Bucket Boys, Bulls DJs, Incredibulls, Luvabulls, and of course, Benny the Bull. Attendees will also enjoy skills and dunk showcases on the main courts throughout the festival weekend.
The festival’s 3v3 basketball tournament, now open for registration with early-bird pricing through April 30, welcomes participants ages eight and older across all skill levels up to an elite division. The tournament will take place on courts set up in Lot C, located on the north side of the United Center. Teams will be divided into brackets and guaranteed games on Saturday and Sunday. The tournament will also include brackets for wheelchair basketball teams.
Bulls Fest will extend into the United Center Atrium with the 1966 Gallery, which will highlight Chicago’s vivid art scene by showcasing designs and artistic interpretations of basketball and the Bulls brand from local artists in partnership with All Star Press Chicago – an all-in-one art gallery, retail space and print studio located in the Logan Square neighborhood. Fans will be able to purchase exclusive Bulls Fest merchandise from the Madhouse Team Store, with a portion of proceeds supporting Chicago Bulls Charities – the philanthropic arm of the organization.
Laughter Is Also Coming Back to Town This Fall
The Bulls Festival is not the only entertainment possibility we look forward to this fall.
There are many other possibilities to have a good time in the city and its surrounding areas. Planning ahead will help you find the best offers and enjoy all Chicago has to offer.
Two stand-up comedy titans, Chris Rock and Kevin Hart, have announced their tour dates and we are happy to say they are bringing the joy back to Chicago this coming fall also, another sign things are slowly going back to normal.
As for the recently announced Bulls Fest, to register for the 3v3 Tournament and to receive Bulls Fest Alerts with more information about the event, visit www.bullsfest.com, where additional festival details are going to be shared leading up to the event.