Lansing announces Fox Pointe schedule, prepares for COVID-impacted season

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Fox Pointe in the summer of 2019. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)
By Josh Bootsma

LANSING, Ill. (April 20, 2021) – The Village of Lansing has announced the 2021 Fox Pointe schedule of events and is planning to open — while following COVID-19 guidelines — on June 2.

Fox Pointe 2021 Events

After a successful first summer in 2019, Fox Pointe closed its gates last year as the COVID-19 pandemic prohibited large gatherings. The Village used the space last October and December for Halloween and Christmas events, but for little else.

This year, the venue will bring back some of 2019’s acts as well as some new performances. In addition to its regular Wednesday evening concerts, the venue will also host a “Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest,” a “Back to the 80s Fest,” L.A.C.E.’s annual Autumn Fest, and Halloween and Holiday events.

The full schedule of Fox Pointe events is listed below:

June 2 – Dick Diamond & the Dusters

June 9 – Southern Accents

June 16 – The Original Hazzard County Band

June 23 – LOUDERNOW

July 7 – Cadillac Groove

July 14 – Rico!

July 21 – Hello Weekend

July 28 – Northwest Indiana Symphony

August 3 – National Night Out, Lansing Police Department

August 4 – Maggie Speaks

August 18 – Hairbangers Ball

August 20-21 – Blues, Brews & BBQ Fest

August 25 – Mike & Joe

September 1 – Wedding Banned

September 10-11 – Back to the 80s Fest

September 15 – Anthem

September 24-26 – L.A.C.E. Autumn Fest

September 29 – ROSENGOLDEN

October 6 – One Of These Nights

October 30 – Halloween Spooktacular

October 31 – Fox Pointe Trick or Treat

December 4 – Holiday Tree Lighting

Capacity guidelines

Illinois is currently in Phase 4 of the state’s Restore Illinois reopening plan, meaning events like those planned at Fox Pointe this summer are allowed, though in a limited capacity. According to state guidelines, “festivals and general admission outdoor spectator events” are limited to a capacity of 15 people per 1,000 square feet.

According to Village Communication Director Ken Reynolds, that capacity number for the venue is equal to roughly 500 people.

However, if the state were to move to its “Bridge Phase” — an intermediate reopening phase between Phases 4 and 5 — the capacity restriction would increase to 30 people per 1,000 feet — about 1,000 people at Fox Pointe. Reynolds said the largest crowd in 2019 was over 2,000.

Over 77% of residents age 65 and older have been vaccinated in Illinois, more than the 70% required for the state to move to the Bridge Phase. However, “COVID-19-like-illness” hospital admissions in the state have been increasing in the last month, a trend that must reverse if Illinois is to move to the Bridge Phase.

Reynolds said Fox Pointe attendees who have their vaccination card will not be counted against the capacity limits, per state guidelines.

“As [the season] keeps going, that number [of vaccinated people] should get higher and higher, so that’s all good news,” he said.

No capacity limits will be enforced once Illinois reaches Phase 5.

Protocols and practices at Fox Pointe

Reynolds said the Village will operate Fox Pointe attendance on a “first come, first served” basis to avoid ticketing or online registration hassles. Only the main gate of the venue (at Henry and Lake Street) will be open for entry, and it will open at 6 p.m. for Wednesday night concerts.

Reynolds said masks will be required for entry into the venue and while moving throughout the space. However, once situated in a socially distant area, patrons can remove their masks.

“We are going to do everything we can to respectfully encourage people to keep their masks on unless they’re seated with the party that they’re with,” he said, adding that large clusters of people will be broken up by staff.

“We do need to do everything reasonable to keep people understanding that hey, we’re lucky to have this, and let’s try and keep doing things so that we can still have this,” Reynolds said.

Food and drinks

Fox Pointe will have a new, full kitchen when patrons arrive on June 2, along with a new caterer. Unlike the 2019 season when local businesses rotated through the venue as food providers, this year’s season will see only one caterer that will provide a set menu throughout the year. The caterer and menu have not yet been announced.

The previous ticket system for drinks is being scrapped in favor of a more traditional point-of-sale transaction. For both food and drinks, patrons will pay with cash or a credit card at the window.

For updates regarding Fox Pointe, visit foxpointe.org or follow Fox Pointe on Facebook. Fox Pointe is located at 18138 Henry Street, Lansing, IL.

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