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‘Deadheads’ launch petition for July campout in Chicago

AP, CHICAGO

Fans of the Grateful Dead want a campout style atmosphere during three 50th anniversary concerts in July at Chicago’s Soldier Field, but whether the venue will allow it is another question.

Jeremy Davis, of Florida, started an online petition — which had about 8,000 signatures by Saturday — asking that overnight parking be allowed in lots surrounding the stadium.

Davis said it would keep the anticipated tens of thousands of fans from crowding downtown streets and reduce traffic congestion. He added that fans — eager for what could be one of the band’s last shows — are willing to pay more and it could be an economic opportunity for Chicago.

Also, it has long been a Deadhead tradition with fans bringing RVs to concerts with “no negativity,” he said.

“It’s something that we’ve been doing for so long,” Davis said. “This is almost a no brainer.”

Officials in Chicago said many factors have to be considered, among them safety.

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