For the last 15 years, Bay View Neighborhood Association’s Chill On The Hill has brought music to Humboldt Park’s amphitheater every Tuesday between the beginning of June and the end of August. Much like every other festival, block party, music series, and one-off event, Chill On The Hill has been impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
Last month, the series—which was originally slated to start June 2 and run through August 25—announced the start of its season would be postponed until July 21…if (and only if) COVID conditions improved and circumstances allowed Chill On The Hill to happen. Sadly, that will not be possible. Today, Chill On The Hill executive director Patty Thompson announced the summer staple’s 2020 season has officially been canceled. Here is Bay View Neighborhood Association’s statement:
Chill on the Hill, presented by the Bay View Neighborhood Association in partnership with Milwaukee County Parks, is officially canceling its 2020 season. This highly popular Tuesday night concert series normally runs from early June until late August and entertains neighbors with crowds up to 3000 people featuring local and original music.
The BVNA has been working closely with Milwaukee County Parks, and was given this directive from Parks officials: It is with public health and safety in mind that Milwaukee County Parks will not be issuing permits or approvals for special events through the end of September due to the current public health situation.
“We had a fantastic season booked for 2020, and we will be offering all of those bands the opportunity to play at Chill on the Hill in 2021,” said Patty Thompson, Executive Producer. “We will be working hard over the summer to help support our local businesses that have sponsored our event for so many years.”
Chill on the Hill is funded by business and community sponsors and is the BVNA’s largest fundraiser. Information about other future BVNA events will be released as soon as possible, including Film on the Hill and Pumpkin Pavilion.