Public welcome in Sears Centre parking lot

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There’s a new place to party in Hoffman Estates. Yesterday the village council approved a new ordinance that opens up the Sears Centre Arena‘s expansive 2,500-car parking lot for outdoor events. This is a big win for suburbia, which frequently runs into problems balancing commercial development alongside community space. From the Daily Herald article:

The use of parking lots for events is common at other arenas. The Sears Centre opened last year, and spokesman Michael Millar said the law would help attract new spectators with summer draws, including RV shows or a food-themed event like a rib festival. Events would have to end at 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 9 p.m. on other days.

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