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Editorial: In praise of Gospel Fest

Updated: July 18, 2012 6:32AM

Gospel Fest is returning to its roots, and how right that is. As always, though, the whole city is welcome.

After many years in Grant Park, the main events for this year’s Gospel Fest, next weekend, will be held at Ellis Park on the transformed Near South Side.

How appropriate that such uplifting music should be offered in such an uplifted new setting. Notorious public housing projects have been replaced by a nascent but thriving mixed-income community, with an improved school, new parks and even a new $103 million lakefront harbor nearby at 31st Street.

If Gospel Fest fares well at Ellis Park, at 37th and Cottage Grove, the city may use it as a model for staging more big shows in the neighborhoods. Anything that gives Chicagoans and visitors a chance to explore the big city that lies beyond the skyscrapers sounds good to us.

For more information about Gospel Fest, which actually kicks off Thursday evening with a concert at Millennium Park, go to

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