World's Largest and NOISIEST Block Party

Oh GAWD! Here it comes again - the World's Largest Block party at Old St. Pat's in the West Loop. I can't help finding it ironic that a Catholic church would sponsor such an event - given all the drinking and debauchery that takes place. But that's not the worst part. The worst part is the noise! The attendees consider it music, and it's usually of the Rock/House variety that the 20-30 somethings seem to enjoy. You know - the kind of stuff they play at Lalapalooza. But to me, it's just noise, enhanced by the gigantic speakers they use to blast it to the entire neighborhood. It's worse for me because my apartment overlooks the parking lot where the stage is located. And the speakers are pointed almost directly toward my building. YIKES! I can hear it even with the windows tightly closed! This annual event boasts that some 80 couples met each other and eventually married because of this event. Maybe that's why the church sponsors it. Not to mention the proceeds they receive from ticket and drink sales from the thousands who attend each year, hoping to find their future wife/husband over the din of what passes for music.
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It is tons of fun. Noisy, sure- but I suppose I am one of the 20-30 somethings at whom the event is targeted. I lived across from it in college and attended a few times- granted I did not meet my husband there but I still had fun.
The event is only one night- unlike a lot of other 'fests' in Chicago.

Drinking and Irish Catholics are known to go together.... so I am not even a little surprised about the drinking.
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Deena 2yrs+
Perhaps if were 20-30 some years younger and Irish-Catholic, nearly deaf already, and looking for a mate/date, this would be a fun event. But such is not the case. As a pre-senior citizen of 54 who prefers smooth jazz at a conversational decibel level, I find it very annoying. And for the 6 years I've been living one block away from it (at Presidential Towers) it's been a 2-day event: Friday AND Saturday, all evening long from 5:30-10:30pm, except for the 15-20 minute break between bands. Fortunately it is only this one weekend per year, and I don't live across the street from the other music fests. But imagine living next door to a rock band for 2 days, who only plays while you're trying to enjoy a quiet evening at home.
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