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Earlier closing time if Electric Daisy Carnival returns

Fans make it front row for Style Eye Electric Daisy Carnival May 24 2013 Joliet.  |  StaciTimonere~For Sun-Times

Fans make it to the front row for Style of Eye at the Electric Daisy Carnival on May 24, 2013, in Joliet. | Stacia Timonere~For Sun-Times Media

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Closing time at the Electric Daisy Carnival likely will be “a lot earlier” if it returns in 2014, Joliet City Manager Thomas Thanas told the city council Monday.

The Electric Daisy Carnival drew about 60,000 people to Joliet during the Memorial Day weekend but also generated hundreds of complaints from people in neighboring communities as the electronic dance music festival ran until 4 a.m. for three nights at Chicagoland Speedway.

Event promoter Insomniac wants to bring the festival back to Joliet next year, Thanas said in a report to the council. Insomniac has agreed to work with the city on the noise issue and hours of operation.

It was not clear what Insomniac can do about the noise in the open-air venue, although Thanas said the organization would employ sound engineers to work on the problem.

Thanas would not specify closing hours, but he said Insomniac “will certainly work with us on hours of operation to have the event end a lot earlier than it did this year.”

Thanas’ report to the council came after a meeting earlier this month with executives from Insomniac and Chicagoland Speedway.

An economic impact report is still a month or two away, Thanas said. Much of the data in that report will come from Insomniac, which surveyed event-goers with questions such as whether they stayed in local hotels and ate at area restaurants.

Insomniac would not say whether it wants to return to Joliet.

But Thanas said, “They do want to come back. They thought it was very successful.”

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