The Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce will host a ‘Rockin’ the Blocks’ community block party in downtown Palatine at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot at the corners of Brockway and Slade on Saturday, July 28 from noon until 11 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
‘Rockin’ the Blocks’ will include live entertainment, food booths, beer garden and a host of other activities. Attendees will enjoy stage performances by Jason Picchoitti, lead singer of the band Twenty Over, from noon until 2:30 PM, Mustache Pete takes the stage from 3-5 p.m. with classic rock covers followed by the classic rock oldies from Solid Aire until 7 p.m. Headlining the evening is the country rock band, Smokin Gunz starting at 7:30 p.m.
From noon until 2 p.m., JP Wood Martial Arts studio will be on site with punching bags and kid friendly martial arts activities. In addition, the Palatine Police Department will staff an informational booth with safety tips and entertaining handouts. Starting at 3 p.m., the Palatine Jaycees will host a dunk tank and a Baggo tournament.
“The ‘Rockin the Blocks’ event is designed to be the ultimate block party featuring Palatine Chamber member businesses,” stated event chair Liz Noe of ElizEvents, “We are also using the event as a platform to launch the promotion of the Chamber’s outdoor movie night in August.” Noe explained that the movie night will be on Sunday, August 19 and will feature the classic Disney movie Mary Poppins.
Food options will include a pig roast from Brothers Ribs, treats off the grill from Culver’s, pizza from Pizza Bella and sweet treats from Morkes Chocolate. Students from Immanuel Lutheran will be on hand with lemonade and the Rotary Club of Palatine will host the pop and water tent. The beer garden will feature Miller Lite, Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Leinenkugel Red and will be open for the duration of the event.
A portion of the funds raised throughout the event will benefit the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce scholarship programs. Lead sponsors for ‘Rockin’ the Block’ are BMO Harris Bank and Weber-Stephen Products, LLC, other sponsors include Northrop Grumman, Lamplighter Inn, Journal & Topics Newspaper and Palatine Bank & Trust.