We attended our first Full Moon Jam on Monday, August 27th. We were not sure what to expect, but I wanted to make sure we found a parking spot. So, we got there about an hour before it started, which was supposed to be 7:30pm (ending at 10pm). The Jam takes place south of Foster Turf Fields (which is south of Foster Beach), in between the Lakefront Trail and Simonds Drive. Parking is free in this area and the Full Moon Jam is also free. We ended up bringing some sandwiches and having dinner while we waited.
“Chicago Full Moon Jam is a monthly, family-oriented, and free gathering for the community from May to October that centers on a public display of fire dancing. The Full Moon Jam is a fully permitted event through the Chicago Parks District and Chicago Fire Department, and part of the Night Out in the Parks event series.” – FullMoonJam.org
As we ate our sandwiches, we watched the crowd increase around us and tried to predict what we would be watching. The kids were a little concerned about the windy conditions. I repeatedly reminded them that the performers knew what they were doing and those organizing the event would not put anyone in danger. The show started around 8:00pm and we were all filled with a mixture of excitement and nervousness. I mean, it’s fire and we all grew up learning that it can be dangerous.
A very large oval was roped off, separating the performers from the spectators. Numerous performers would enter the oval and spread themselves out in different sections, making sure to give everyone in the crowd a great view of the show.
At times we were not quite sure what we were seeing and how it was even possible.
Around 9pm, the kids were getting tired, so we headed out. Before we got back in the car, we walked over to the lake to see the Full Moon. It was a very magical night.