Lee DeWyze Advances As Final Three on American Idol, Events Developing Friday in Chicago, Mount Prospect and Arlington Heights

Lee DeWyze advanced to the Final Three of FOX television program’s American Idol this week so watch for events developing this Friday, May 14, 2010. The Mount Prospect resident will have his homecoming performance in the winner’s circle after the final race at Arlington on Friday, May 14. The mini concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and will be the culmination of his daylong return to the Chicago area. There are no more free tickets available; the 30,000 free tickets that were available for this mini-concert at Arlington Park were sold out in 12 minutes on Wednesday night — immediately after the announcement that he made the top three.

Lee DeWyze times and schedule for American Idol Hometown Celebration …

Here is official word from Mount Prospect’s official city website …

Motorcade – Downtown Mount Prospect
Friday, May 14, 2010
Approximately 4:30 p.m.
Northwest Highway between Route 83/Main Street and Central Road.

The official public kick-off for the hometown celebration will be the motorcade/viewing in Downtown Mount Prospect. The route will be along Northwest Highway between Route 83/Main Street and Central Road. The motorcade is expected to begin at approximately 4:30 p.m.

Parking options for the motorcade event include: the Village Hall Parking deck at 50 S. Emerson Street, commuter parking lots along the railroad tracks on Northwest Highway and Prospect Avenue; and designated on street parking.

Mt. Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks is thrilled to be hosting this hometown celebration. “There has been such an outpouring of community support for Lee DeWyze these last few months from students, business owners, and all our residents. The enthusiasm has been remarkable,” said Mayor Wilks.

Mount Prospect has set up a hotline for fans looking for the latest news on Friday’s “Lee DeWyze Hometown Celebration.” Call (847) 870-6622 for a recorded message with details on the day’s public events. See also Mount Prospect’s website, mountprospect.org.


Lee’s morning is expected to start in Chicago where he will visit the My Fox Chicago FOX 32 morning program “Good Day Chicago.” The appearance will be followed by stops at several local radio stations and a public appearance at an AT&T Store. Lee is also expected to throw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs game about 1:20 p.m. From there DeWyze will head to the northwest suburbs. He is scheduled to make at least two private appearances at two schools before the motorcade. The private appearances are not open to the public, and security is expected to be tight at those locations.

After the motorcade/parade in Mount Prospect, Lee DeWyze heads for Arlington Park for a mini-concert after the last horse race. The finale of the day includes a performance at Arlington Park Racetrack that begins at 6:30 p.m. and will be the culmination of his daylong return to the Chicago area.

Lee DeWyze Performance
Arlington Park – 2200 W. Euclid, Arlington Heights
Friday, May 14, 2010
Gates Open 11:15 a.m.
First Race 1 p.m. (this is a change from the regular 3 p.m. Friday post time)
Performance is slated to begin at approximately 6:30 p.m.

At the performance, Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks will present Lee with a proclamation and a key to the Village. Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder will greet the crowd and welcome Lee, his family, friends and fans to the Village.

Past American Idol events have drawn between 5,000 and 20,000 people. Officials are encouraging fans to use Metra, since both the motorcade/parade route and racetrack are at train stops.


Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze sing duet on Top 4 American Idol 2010 Tuesday.


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Lee DeWyze Motorcade Map Northwest Highway (Route 14) from Central Road to Main Street (Route 83).


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Map of Arlington Park racetrack in Arlington Heights.