Chicago Gone Country at Windy City LakeShake

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I haven’t attended a large-scale country music concert in years. It’s not my top genre, although I’ve been known to hit up a honky-tonk or bluegrass show.

So I appreciated the opportunity to cover Windy City Lakeshake, a three-day country festival, for DNAinfo. It was a gorgeous weather weekend on the lakefront at First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island. They may be city folk, but I learned that Chicago’s country fans are…lively.

You can check out my full coverage here:
Windy City LakeShake Festival In Photos: Country Music, Cowboys & Cowgirls
Windy City LakeShake Festival In Photos: The Final Day Of The Fest

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The main stage hosted big names like Tim Mcgraw and Brooks and Dunn, who played their first show together in six years.

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Brooks and Dunn at Windy City Lakeshake
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Brooks and Dunn played two days at Windy City Lakeshake
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Tim McGraw headlines Windy City Lakeshake

The “Next from Nashville” stage featured up-and-coming country acts like Tara Thompson and William Michael Morgan. The tiny crowds and passionate performances made this my favorite stage of the weekend.

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Tara Thompson performs  at Windy City Lakeshake
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William Michael Morgan on the “Next from Nashville” stage
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The Willam Michael Morgan Band

Outside of the music, activities like life-sized foosball and skee-ball kept festival goers busy. Boozy slushies and carnival rides were also a hit, although hopefully not enjoyed together.

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By weekend’s end, Windy City Lakeshake helped attendees find the country in the heart of the big city, if only for a few days.

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