ALGONQUIN – It will only be a matter of months before a 1,075-foot water slide comes to town, and the time to secure tickets is fast approaching.
After receiving Village Board approval in April, plans for the Slide the City event on Aug. 15 and 16 on North Main Street in Algonquin have continued between the event’s organizer, Jess Loren of Chicago-based Social Tech Pop, and the village.
Previously predicting the family-friendly event will attract about 6,000 people, Loren said tickets will go on sale next week. Listeners of iHeartMedia Inc. radio stations – 95.5 WEBG FM, 97.5 WEBH HD, 103.5 WKSC FM, etc. – could have the first opportunity to get tickets, she added.
The Social Tech Pop website invites people to become email subscribers, all of whom will be the first to know when tickets go on sale.
“This event is for sure going to fill out,” Loren said.
After an entry fee of $5, event-goers can take advantage of early-bird pricing, which starts at $15 for a single slide. There will be several options as far as ticket packages go, but Loren suggested the $180 four pack, which would give buyers unlimited sliding for a day.
The event was brought before the village’s Committee of the Whole in mid-April, and its application was approved days later.
Food vendors, a beer garden and kid-friendly activities are included in the plan, which also requires the closure of North Main Street from West Algonquin Road to Cary Algonquin Road for the two days.
In April, committee members expressed concern about a multitude of issues, such as security and parking, given the expected size of the event. Loren and Algonquin’s Recreation Coordinator Katie Gock said there have been meetings since the approval to work out the kinks and details.
“We’re still working on a safety plan,” Loren said. “The village’s main concern is safety, as is ours, and we’re working in tandem with them to make sure the event has a great safety plan.”
She also said there have been discussions with surrounding businesses regarding fee parking in nearby lots, and vendor applications have been released since the approval. Vendor fees range from $75 for nonprofits to about $500 for the weekend.
This will be among the first few Slide the City events in Illinois after Slide the City brought its first giant slide to Salt Lake City last year, Loren said.