Excited fans for the upcoming Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field have submitted a new Change.org petition to propose camping be allowed on a “floating campsite” atop the calm, nearby waters of Lake Michigan from July 3-5.
In a strategic move that is sure to catch the attention of both city officials and local sailors, connected deadheads got creative after their initial petition to allow for camping in the parking lots of Soldier Field after the shows was denied.
“If they don’t let us camp in the lot, we’ll just have to make our own,” Nebraska deadhead Jeff Watson said, who started the online petition.
The petition has gathered almost 11,000 signatures despite the fact that the event is still more than three months away. Many hotels near the venue are already reporting significant rate increases and limited room availabilities for the July 4th holiday weekend, leaving fans on a budget wondering where they can setup a tent for cheap.
“The city ordinances do not explicitly restrict camping on the lake,” local maritime law expert Bob Loblaw said.